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New York Philharmonic at Mamaroneck High School

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - The Mamaroneck High School Orchestra will perform in a concert on Monday night unlike any other in their school's history. Two soloists, Michelle Kim and Rebecca Young, from the world-famous New York Philharmonic will join them on the stage for the highly anticipated event.

“There's tremendous excitement,” said conductor, Michele Kucic. “Nervousness, excitement, you know. I've been looking forward to this for months and it's just so exciting.”

The concert, which was put together over the summer through the Mamaroneck Foundation and parent's support, was being rehearsed on Friday morning by both parties.

Kim, a violinist, and Young, who plays the viola, were both glad to be taking part in the event.

“I'm impressed that they would even bother to have us out here because I think a lot of schools don't even have a string program,” said Young. “I'm very impressed that they have so many strings and that they would go out of their way to have people come in and do this.”

The students in the orchestra are not nervous as they look forward to the event.

“I'm excited,” said freshmen cellist, Paulina Paras. “It's a good experience to work with the people from the Philharmonic.”

Kucic, who is in her first year at Mamaroneck High, developed this concert because the music period discussed this year was classical music.

“I thought well, since we haven't had members of the Philharmonic play with us, that would be a really great experience,” said Kucic.

She even took her students to see the New York Philharmonic play on Thursday to prepare them for the concert.

“We went to an open rehearsal, so they got to see what what the New York Philharmonic is,” said Kucic. “I'm hoping what they're coming away with a concept of sound. A concept of sound that is unique and that they'll carry with them.”

Young, who has been with the New York Philharmonic for 25 years, had one piece of advice for the orchestra members.

“Just to listen, that's the biggest thing,” said Young. “To listen to the people around you and to watch. Try and put that together, but enjoy it because it's gonna be over real quick.”

The concert is free and will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Mamaroneck High School auditorium.

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