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Amherst Symphony Orchestra strums a cord for 73 years

Posted: 10:58 AM, Sep 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-20 13:19:23-04

"I can feel it, when I play on the lowest strings it rattles my collarbone. It is so much apart of me," Allison Collins described one of her favorite moments when playing her cello. 

Collins is just one of 70 members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. She started playing the cello when she was just 9 years old and has loved it ever since. 

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra has been performing for the community for 73 years. 

"What an incredible sound an orchestra can make and the different colors that each family of the orchestra make," Bryan Eckenrode, the conductor of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra said. "It's very exciting to watch a symphony orchestra because of the motion that takes place, you can actually see the music happening. 

Joan Fishburn has been with the orchestra for 59 years and has continued to play her violin because of her passion for music. 

"We give to each other, we give to ourselves because we are playing and then we give to the community with concerts," Fishburn said. 

All of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra performances are held at the Amherst Middle School on Kings Hwy. Their next upcoming show will be October 21st, at 7pm. 

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