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Pelham School Orchestras Deliver Great Concert

PELHAM, N.Y. – Great was the consensus of many in the audience when the Pelham Middle School Orchestras held their spring concert before families and friends Wednesday night in the Pelham Memorial auditorium.

“It was great experience,” said Peter Kougasian, whose son Alex is a seventh grade violinist. “Nothing fills a parent’s heart more than hearing your kid play, especially when they’re interacting with other kids.”

Alex is a fourth-generation violinist: His father, grandmother and great-grandfather all played the instrument.

First, the 14-member sixth grade orchestra performed seven songs, then the 17-member seventh and eighth grade orchestra played six songs. Then the groups combined for "Crossing Pirate’s Cove" by Deborah Monday.

Their director, Michele Zanky, said “they did great” even though the music was difficult.

“I try to make it so that it’s fun, but also that they’re challenged. They learn something from it, and they grow – so that the next thing they get is maybe a little more challenging and they can stand up to it and not be feeling totally defeated,” said Zanky, who began practicing with the groups in January. “They have something they can face it with.”

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