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Violinist Visits Bismarck Music Students

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Bismarck Public School (BPS) fourth-graders got a chance to hear live classical music at Belle Mehus Auditorium today.

As part of the BPS Students Instructional Program Series, Kindergarten though fifth-grade have field trips to various local fine arts performances.

The symphony had a special treat, noteworthy violinist and Bismarck native, Katherine Bormann performed a solo.

These students had amazement written on their faces. They liked Bormann's performance, and some wished the symphony had taken requests.

Bormann has been playing the violin since she was four. She was taught at the Suzuki School of Music and the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra, and knew she wanted to play for a living.

She studied at Juilliard, and plays for the Cleveland Symphony in Ohio.  

Years later she is performing with her mentors, teachers and friends, Bormann says children should understand that nothing comes without hard work and passion for what you do.

"How much I love music. And, how much we on stage, everybody cares about classical music because it is so thrilling," says Bormann. "People who say classical music is boring, they have not heard Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, and they have not heard Prokofiev, they don't know the energy!"

For many students, Bormann was their favorite.

"I like when the lady came out," says fourth-grader Eve LaFramboise.

"It was my favorite when the girl came out and starting playing the violin," says fourth-grader Luke Welk.

"It was like, really loud, really fast. I'm like loud and fast," says fourth-grader Taylor Puliafico.

The SIPs program allows students to experience all the arts that Bismarck has to offer, that includes ballet, opera, band, theater and the symphony. Giving them a chance to find out what they like.

"Just the sound that makes it cool. Just to dance to it and stuff," says Welk.

"At least now, going through all these experiences are all these events. They can decide, 'Ok, I really didn't realize that I like going to the symphony. But now I do. It was really cool, I'd like to do that again,'" says BPS fine arts coordinator Shawn Oban.

Bormann says she's grateful she got to show more than 800 fourth-graders the power of classical music.

She will be performing tomorrow at 5:30 at Trinity Lutheran Church and later that evening at the Belle Mehus Auditorium.

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