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WQXR's first-ever instrument drive kicks off on March 28

The launch of WQXR's debut instrument drive for NYC public-school musicians features performances by Flutronix and a student musical group from Washington Heights.

If you've got a new or gently used instrument in the house that's doing nothing but sit on a shelf, head to Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium today to donate it to a good cause. The launch of classical music station WQXR's first-ever instrument drive, which takes place on Friday, March 28, from 1 to 2pm, features performances from Flutronix, a flute duo from Brooklyn, and a group of public school musicians from the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS). Student musicians will be interviewed by the station's evening host Terrence McKnight afterward.

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The drive is looking for "instruments that can be used in band and orchestra programs, including string instruments, brass, woodwinds, percussion and guitars." Unfortunately they are not able to accept recorders or "pianos, organs, timpani, harps or any other instrument that cannot be hand-carried." Alan Gilbert, the director of the esteemed New York Philharmonic, will be donating a violin to the drive today, as will the members of Flutronix.

The WQXR Musical Instrument Drive takes place from March 28 through Monday, April 7. Click here for a list of drop-off locations throughout the city.

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