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Classical music isn't the go to sound for most teens. But for some Albany students, that style of music is gaining some traction and it's all thanks to a few pros. YNN's Erin Connolly explains.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Who knew a little pizzicato or plucking the strings could be so cool? These students at Hackett Middle school in Albany are playing to the beat of their own drum in a world where bows, vibrato and harmony are key.

Hackett Middle School student Isabel Pottinger said, ''I love being in an orchestra and just playing with other people. I love the sound.''

Hackett Middle School student Emily Andrews said, ''I think being able to play it is a big part of it and the sound of it when you play it really well.''

And orchestra students at a couple of Albany schools, got a big surprise when they learned they'd be playing side by side with some world renowned musicians. For the next month or so, the "Walden Chamber Players" will be teaching and coaching students on chamber music.

Hackett Middle School student Saaleha Brown said, ''The first time I heard them I said wow, it's like I put a CD on in my radio.''

Christof Huebner of the Walden Chamber Players said, ''What I love is the interaction with these great young minds and seeing the amazing potential and intelligence and eagerness to learn.''

In a day where hip hop, and pop music reign supreme for many teens, the pros are helping students choose to strike a cord with their classical side.

Andrews said, ''I've learned if you love doing something, you can be really good at it.''

No doubt these sounds are music to the ears of Beethoven and Mozart, as their legacy lives on in the strings of the next generation.

Ashima Scripp of the Walden Chamber Players said, ''We need to do these types of programs because it's such a great opportunity to keep classical music alive.''

And the Walden Chamber players with perform with the middle school students on May 18. A showcase concert will happen on May 20. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP