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Virtuosic music with a mission

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The Mount Vernon Virtuosi will perform "Autumn Tales" Fri., Sat., and Sun. Oct. 29-31. Credit: Israel Orange.

The Mount Vernon Virtuosi ensemble comprises recent graduate musicians who have a passion for performing. They share their talents at no charge to the public -- not because classical music is not worth paying for … but because disseminating it may hold the power to transform people into better human beings. We hear why ... from its founder and artistic director, Amit Peled:

“Music is the most important language, it’s because it’s the only language that forces the people who speak it, also to listen to it. And I believe if I can teach my kids to just listen to other people, I think they will be better citizens in democracy.”

Links: Mount Vernon Virtuosi, Autumn Tales performances Oct. 29-31.

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