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Sarah Carlson and Del Lyren performed earlier this month in the Charleston, S.C., St. Michael's Church during the Spoleto Festival USA. Submitted Photo

Local musicians play to standing ovation at international festival

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Gian Carlo Menotti's mother had the connections to send her son, a young musical genius, to study at the Philadelphia Curtis Institute of Music.

She presented a letter of recommendation for admission written by Arturo Toscanini's wife, and in 1928, her son joined the ranks of other talented librettists and composers such as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber.

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