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Chamber Orchestra

Columbia’s Chamber Orchestra plays at the Stratton VA Hospital.

Veterans at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany felt like they were at Carnegie Hall last week when 13 students from Columbia’s Chamber Orchestra played a 60-minute concert for them.

Led by music teacher Sue Chrzan, the students played a variety of songs including classical, fiddle, folk and bluegrass.

One of the veterans in attendance expressed his thanks by writing the following to a Columbia teacher:

“As I left my appointment at the Stratton VA in Albany I was greeted by a small orchestra comprised of Columbia High School students as I got off the elevator. They were met by whoos! and bravos! after every piece they played. It was really something else. So thanks for shaping some of their brains. I certainly know they’re in good hands. If any of those young people are students of yours personally please pass on this to them: Bravo, bravo, bravo. Absolutely beautiful what you did.”