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Getting to Carnegie Hall Is No Joke

A celebrated program for young classical musicians demands a lot, but the payoff can be huge—just ask Yo-Yo Ma

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THE DRIVE FROM BURLINGTON, Vermont, to the Upper West Side of Manhattan takes about six hours, a fact 16-year-old Rowan Bauman Swain knows all too well. Rowan, her younger sister and her mother, Heather, have made that round trip most weekends from September to May for the past five years. They leave Vermont on Friday afternoon, as soon as classes are out at the private school where Heather teaches, and spend the night with family or friends in New York to be rested for Saturday morning. At 7 p.m. on Saturday—less than 24 hours since their arrival—they get back on the road to Burlington, arriving at home 1 a.m. Sunday.

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