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Afghan Youth Orchestra rehearses with Scarsdale High School

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens, including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22, play in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

The Afghan Youth Orchestra held a joint rehearsal with members of the Scarsdale High School orchestra, which meant that young musicians from a war-torn country where music was banned for several years by the Taliban were playing alongside those from one of New York's toniest suburbs.

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of
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Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens, including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22, are playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens, including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22, are playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22 are playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Young Afghan musicians perform during a stage performance
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Young Afghan musicians perform during a stage performance at the French Cultural Center (FCC) in Kabul. Afghanistan's youth orchestra are performing in the United States in a series of concerts highlighting changes in the war-torn country since the ousting of the Taliban, who banned music. (Jan. 31, 2013)

A young Afghan musician performs during a stage
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A young Afghan musician performs during a stage performance at the French Cultural Center (FCC) in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22 are playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Afghan students of Afghanistan the National Institute of
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Afghan students of Afghanistan the National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens, including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22, are playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Afghan students of Afghanistan National Institute of Music
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Afghan students of Afghanistan National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French cultural center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens including former street kids or orphans aged 10 to 22 will be playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which begins a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of
Photo Credit: AP

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music play music during a concert at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens, including ex-street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22, are playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center -- President Barrack Obama has been invited -- New York's Carnegie Hall and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of
Photo Credit: AP

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens, including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22, play in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of
Photo Credit: AP

Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French cultural center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens, including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22, are playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which began a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Jan. 31, 2013)

Young musicians from a school in Kabul, Afghanistan,
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Young musicians from a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, rehearse for a Carnegie Hall concert with musicians from Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Young musicians from a school in Kabul, Afghanistan,
Photo Credit: AP

Young musicians from a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, rehearse for a Carnegie Hall concert with musicians from Scarsdale High School. Afghan students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music play sitars during a concert at the French Cultural Center in Kabul. Dozens of Afghan teens, including former street kids or orphans ages 10 to 22, are playing in the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which begins a 12-day U.S. tour Feb. 3 and includes concerts at Washington's Kennedy Center, New York's Carnegie Hall (with the Scarsdale High School orchestra) and the New England Conservatory in Boston. (Feb. 11, 2013)

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