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Clara Zhang, a sixth-grader at Edgewood Middle School, initially picked up playing the piano when she was 5 years old to be more like her brother.
“I was inspired by my brother who started playing piano because my mom enjoyed it,” Zhang, 11, said. “She wanted my brother to enjoy it, too.”
Six years later, Zhang is not only still playing the instrument, but she took her talents to perform with Northeastern Illinois University’s orchestra at a performance at the school on Nov. 20.