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Pineland Suzuki Music School in Augusta, Maine

Pineland Suzuki Music School in Augusta, MaineAUGUSTA — When Betsy Kobayashi raises the bow of her violin straight up high, some 50 young string musicians follow suit, pointing to the high vaulted ceiling of South Parish Congregational Church and giving her their absolute attention. With an emphatic downstroke, Kobayashi launches the violin, viola and cello players into the first notes of “Minuet No. 3” by Johann Sebastian Bach. The sound is startlingly powerful yet sweet, filling the sanctuary of the church. None of the boys and girls has any sheet music in front of them. This is a rehearsal of the Pineland Suzuki School for two benefit concerts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Oakland and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Augusta. About 100 young musicians, most of them violinists, will perform. The Oakland concert will be at the Duke Albanese Performing Arts Center at Messalonskee High School. The Augusta concert will be at South Parish Congregational Church, off State Street. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)