Auburn students miss graduation to play historic venue

Two Auburn High School students missed their graduation last month, but for what some would call a good reason: They were performing at Carnegie Hall that night.

Rose Morabito and Sheelan Mirza played with the Syracuse Youth Orchestras at the world-famous New York City venue for the 2017 Viennese Master Invitational, in which the group and four other select orchestras — including ones from California and Indiana — played the work of composers from Vienna.

The 16-year-old Mirza —who plays the violin, an instrument she’s been working with since she was 4 — said the entire experience was surreal.

“I thought only people like Yo-Yo Ma got to perform (at Carnegie Hall), not random youth orchestras from Syracuse,” Mirza said with a laugh.

The opportunity to perform on the same stage once graced by Mark Twain and The Beatles also wasn’t lost on Morabito, 18.

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