Floridian musicians stop by Bothwell Middle School to share love of music

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Music filled the halls of Bothwell Middle School Friday morning. Violinist Scott Flavin and Cellist Ross Harbaugh are back in town to perform with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Saturday night.

Members of the Bergonzi trio perform and talk with band and music students at Bothwell Middle School.

"We've been fortunate enough to be part of the U.P. for over 20 years as part of the Pine Mountain Music Festival with the Bergonzi string quartet and now the Bergonzi trio," said Flavin.

Before their performance, they spent some time working with the aspiring musicians at Bothwell.

"We're really committed to passing on the love of music and music education," said Flavin.

The two soloists played parts of the Brahms Double Concerto for the students and answered question about being professional musicians.

The sixth grade band and orchestra classes were happy to have them and share their love for music.

"I just feel like music is such a great thing in life and it can just really brighten someone's day," said Reya Ghiardi, sixth grader at Bothwell.

Flavin and Harbaugh will be featured in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra season opener, "Make it a Double," performing the Brahms Double Concerto.

They say it's important to start teaching kids music at a young age.

"If young people are exposed at a very early age to the wonders, the joy, the magic of live performance and hearing different sounds work together beautifully, that's something they may put on hold for a while but they'll never forget," said Harbaugh.

“Make it a Double” is Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets start at $17 for adults, $12 for students and children and $9 for children under 12, and are available at Northern Michigan University’s ticketing outlets. Click here for more information.

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