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F-M Symphony Performs 11-Year-Old Kindred Boy's Symphony

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One young man at Kindred Elementary is playing the music he personally composed into a symphony. Today Valley News team's Eric Crest sat down with the eleven year old who is flexing his first-time muscles, so much so, the Fargo Moorhead Symphony is performing his piece.

By the age of eleven many of us were still learning it's not cool to have your finger in your nose, at least in public. But there's another demographic of children out there who just seem to out-pace others.

"My symphony that I wrote is being played by this orchestra," says Karl Swenson of Kindred.

Swenson is pretty talented to say the least. Today hundreds of fourth graders got to hear the symphony that he wrote for the very first time.

"When I was starting, it was easy. But then I got to some parts where it was really really hard and it was a really hard rhythm," says Swenson.

While he's comfortable playing the tune himself, some of the most talented musicians from the Midwest wanted to get in on the action.

"I think everyone is delighted to play this piece by Karl. And it's funny because if you're a professional musician you went to college and learned of composers 100's of years ago that started very young," says Linda Boyd, the Fargo Moorhead Symphony's Executive Director.

Playing four instruments himself it wasn't hard for Karl to find the perfect candidate to pitch his symphony too.

"My saxophone teacher he helped me with my rhythm and got it right," says Swenson.

That saxophone teacher is a part of the F-M Symphony and he brought the idea right to the director of the organization.

"We should play a piece by this kid. And it's fantastic. It's better than what I was writing as a music major in college," says Boyd.

So with his symphony debut finally out of the way, Karl can breath easy tonight knowing that while he might not excel in gym class, "most people in my class they don't really like music. They like sports and everything. And I'm not really a sports guy," says Swenson.

He's set an example that kids and maybe even adults can all take something from.

"With the opportunities that kids have in public schools it's just very high quality stuff. So when the notes come home and they want to see if your kid wants to pick up an instrument, what do you have to lose," adds Boyd.

If you would like to hear Karl Swenson's entire composition, what he's called his fifth symphony, check out this story on valleynewslive.com.

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