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When Tammy Vollom-Matturro and several of her Kenai Peninsula Orchestra peers approached their conductor Mark Robinson almost 10 years ago asking to play Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9", Robinson laughed at the request.

Not in a derisive way, but in a that's-virtually-impossible kind of way.

"A lot of people shy away from it because of how big it is," Vollom-Matturro said of Beethoven's behemoth of a symphony. 

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