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Each key stroke and every note take the audience on a road trip to North Carolina.

This performance isn't what most consider would consider to be a traditional opera.

Mezzo Soprano Katheryn Findlen and pianist Richard Masters are taking their latest piece to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The two will perform Songs in the Rear View Mirror by composer Kenneth Frazelle

"Folks can walk away feeling uplifted, inspired or changed in someway," Findlen explains.

The 45 minute, 10 song piece is performed in English and if you listen you might catch a folk word or two.

"Anyone can understand it and enjoy it," Masters added.

The music is part a memoir of Frazelle's life growing up in North Carolina.

"By performing works by contemporary classical composers I'm able to take real subjects that affect everyday folks," said Findlen in an interview before rehearsal at Good Sanctuary Episcopal Church.

Austin is known for popular music and country music. Both Findlen and Masters agree the trip to New York will be good for Austin's classical music scene too.

The two perform at Weill Hall on May 20th.

Findlen sees herself as an ambassador for classical music. She's the co-founder of a free community chamber series called Kaleidoscope which picks back up late summer.

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