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Playing the tenor of strings

Viola player Nokuthula Ngwenyama became an overnight celebrity after a performance in May 1994 at a House committee hearing in Washington as an advocate of continued funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. She was at Tarpon Springs Middle School on Tuesday, performing for students and sharing her musical expertise. Ngwenyama will perform at 8 tonight at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. For information, call 942-5605.

Nokuthula Ngwenyama, 21, a graduate of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, performs for students on her viola Tuesday.

Courtney Bartell, a 13-year-old Tarpon Springs Middle School student, has her cello tuned by Ngwenyama, a viola player who performed Tuesday for teacher Tom Stovall's string class and instructed students on proper style.

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