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Students energized by Austin Symphony Orchestra concert

February 1, 2013

Mairs broke into a song that the students could relate to, entitled, “Everybody Talks,” by Neon Trees. Everyone was caught by surprise at not only hearing the orchestra play a popular tune, but even more so at a singing maestro. Students rapidly joined in, singing, laughing and clapping.

Now that Mairs had their attention, the show really began. “Many famous classical pieces were not originally that popular. But composers took what was perceived at the time as innovative and sometimes unpopular liberties with music. However, much of popular music can be traced to classical pieces, just by taking those familiar famous first notes and changing them around a bit to make a new piece of music,” explained Mairs.

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