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Bela Fleck Pushes Limits of the Banjo

Eight-time Grammy Award winner Bela Fleck was fascinated with the banjo from an early age, but his teachers kept pushing him to play other instruments. Luckily, he kept up with the banjo — when he wasn't being forced to sing tenor or play the French horn. Fleck continues to push the limits of the instrument with his improvisation on the Stephen Foster favorite, 'Oh! Susanna.'

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13-Year-Old Plays a Nearly 400-Year-Old Violin

Caroline Goulding, 13, plays a unique violin: a 1617 Amati loaned to her by the Stradivari Society in Chicago. She is in excellent company. Former Stradivari Society recipients include Joshua Bell, Midori, Sara Chang and Yo-Yo Ma! Goulding performs Brahms' Sonatensatz in C Minor.

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The Festivus Quartet: Everybody's In Charge

Oboist Yuga Cohler, violinist Mann-Wen Lo, violist Christine Hung and cellist Tavi Ungerleider hail from the New England Conservatory Prep Division. The group's unusual name, The Festivus Quartet, comes from a Seinfeld reference. The quartet performs Benjamin Britten's Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2.

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