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Playing on at Italy’s oldest music conservatory

MILAN (AP) — Before the pandemic, students at Italy’s oldest and largest music conservatory were always told to move “closer, closer, closer” when they played together.

“Because you need to hear each other,″ said Cristina Frosini, director of the Giuseppe Verdi Music Conservatory in Milan. ”Even at a meter’s distance, it is harder to play together.”

In its 213 years, the conservatory has turned out talents including composer Giacomo Puccini, and conductors Claudio . . .

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