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Deaf musician plays viola with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

 

 

WMAR Baltimore
By WMAR Staff
Nov 16, 2016

Music isn't just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She's deaf -- but plays the viola.

Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with professionals.

"I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much," Cheng said. "The idea of playing it with a real orchestra was just too irresistible for me to pass up. Even though I have a hearing loss; I keep thinking, Beethoven would approve."

Cheng, founder of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, has always been a musician. She lost her hearing after a bad fever when she was 2 years old. She started playing the piano at age seven and later began playing violin in college.

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