Calendar Archive

April 22nd-26th, 2024
BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Karen returns for a tour with BBC Now, bringing the BBC 10 pieces to thousands of students!

September 18th-30th, 2023
Irish National Opera


September 28th-30th 2023
The Cube, Project Arts Centre

Part of Dublin Theatre Festival

Éna Brennan: No way Out

Beware! The well is poisoned. The sea is infected. Everything has been consumed. Lamentation is too late. Guilt has no positive outcome. An opera about a dystopian world affected by some form of destructive force.

This intimate new opera by the multi-talented Éna Brennan (aka Dowry) — composer, arranger, violinist and graphic designer — is a statement of horror and protest in response to the destruction of our environment. Breathwork, with a text by Olivier award-winning director David Pountney, offers a foretaste of a larger operatic collaboration that will premiere at Austria’s Bregenz Festival next year.

Running time 15-20 minutes.
Six performances daily.

Sung in English.

Join the conversation online with #Breathwork

‘Breathwork’ is a companion work to a larger composition ‘Hold Your Breath’ by Éna Brennan and David Pountney which has been commissioned by Bregenzer Festspiele

Find out more.

October 14th, 2023
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Relaxed Performance

October 14th 2023, 2.00pm
The Drum, Brent Civic Centre

Tim Steiner, presenter
Angie Newman, BSL Interpreter

Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Find out more.

October 20th, 2023
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra

October 20th, 7.30pm
Stoller Hall

Anne-Marie O'Farrell: Rann Dó Trí
Aratiunian: Trumpet Concerto
Coult: La Follia (Vivaldi)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

October 23rd, 2023
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Relaxed Performance

October 23rd, 3.00pm
The Hexagon, Reading

Tim Steiner, presenter
Angie Newman, BSL Interpreter
Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

November 2nd, 2023
London Symphony Orchestra

Dogs Don't Do Ballet!

November 2nd 2023, 1pm
The Barbican, London
Presented by Rachel Leach

Beach: Bal Masque 
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Op 71: 2: March 
Elgar: Enigma Variations: No 11.
Leach: Dogs Don’t Do Ballet! 
Herold/ Lanchbery: Clog Dance from La fille mal gardee
Delibes: Coppelia Waltz
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite Op 20 3. Danse des Cygnes
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite Op 20 1. Scene
Leach: Cheer Up! 
Leach: Biff 
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Op 71: 8 Valse des Fleurs 

This concert is inspired by the book, Dog Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp (Author), Sara Ogilvie (Illustrator).

Find out more. 

November 26th-December 1st, 2023
And Other Duties

Orchestras of the Future

November 26th – December 1st, 2023
National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

With Marin Alsop in association with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin

The Rite of Spring is as exhilarating as it is complex, as rewarding as it is challenging. Metaphors, perhaps, for what it is to be a conductor.

But what does it take to lead an orchestra in the 21st century? That is the question we will be asking on this 6-day course.

Find out more.

Dec 15th/16th, 2023
Irish Chamber Orchestra

with Ailish Tynan

December 15th 2023, 1pm & 7.30pm

St. Mary’s Cathedral

December 16th 2023, 7pm
St. Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns, Co. Wexford 7:00pm

Karen Ní Bhroin, conductor
Ailish Tynan, soprano

Corelli: Concerto Grosso op.6, No.8 Christmas Concerto
John Tavener: The Lamb
Finzi: Dies Natalis, Op. 8 ‘Wonder’
Mozart:  Exultante Jubilate
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Adam: O, Holy Night 
Anon.: Adeste Fideles
Mohr/Gruber: Silent Night

Find out more.

January 10th 2024
London School Symphony Orchestra
January 10th 2024

The Barbican Centre, London

Smyth: The Wreckers
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 with soloist Clare Hammond
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique 

February 3rd 2024
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Relaxed Performance

February 3rd 2024, 2.00pm
Sunderland, Firestation

Tim Steiner, Presenter
Angie Newman, BSL Interpreter
Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
February 6th 2024
Sinfonia Viva


February 6th 2024, 1.30pm & 7pm
Derby Theatre, Derby UK

Join us on a musical expedition to a brighter future led by brilliant young minds from Derby. Energy explores innovative solutions to the energy and climate crises through brand-new music and classical pieces performed by our orchestra and local students.

Energy is a collaborative production by Sinfonia Viva, Derby Museums, Rolls-Royce plc and Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership, uniting forces to inspire a brighter, more sustainable future.

Find out more. 

February 10th 2024
Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra


February 10th 2024
National Concert Hall, Dublin

Part of IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras.

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919 version)

Find out more. 

February 19th 2024
SETU Music School In Association with Irish National Opera


February 19th 2024
Waterford, Ireland

Workshops at the SETU Music School. 

Find out more. 

March 10th 2024
University of Leeds & Leeds Conservatoire Orchestra


March 10th 2024, 2.30pm
The Refectory, Leeds, UK

Smyth: The Wreckers Overture
Gershwin: Cuban Overture Lee Reynolds
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Find out more. 

March 16th 2024
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Relaxed Performance

March 6th, 2.00pm
Scunthorpe, Bath's Hall, UK

Tim Steiner, Presenter
Angie Newman, BSL Interpreter
Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
March 21st - 26th 2024
And Other Duties


March 21st - 26th 2024
FAMES Institute, Skopje, Macedonia

in association with FAMES

It is vital for a musician today to be as comfortable in the studio as they are in the concert hall. But the rhythm and vocabulary of recording is very different to that of performing. So how do you get your first experience of working when the red light is on?

And Other Duties, in collaboration with FAME’S is offering a rare chance for eight conductors to spend five full days in one of the world’s busiest orchestral recording studios.

Find out more.

April 9-12th 2024
West of England Youth Orchestra


April 12th, 3pm
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, UK

A family adventure through the whizzpopping stories of Roald Dahl.

Once upon a time…four of the most magical words in the English language! But what happens when you add music to a story? We’ll be finding out when some of Roald Dahl’s most famous texts are set to music. Join the West of England Youth Orchestra for a captivating musical celebration of beloved author Roald Dahl’s work. We’ll hear Paul Patterson’s fantastic setting of Little Red Riding Hood, music from Tim Minchin’s record-breaking West End musical Matilda, plus plenty more surprises – all conducted and presented by WEYO favourites Karen Ní Bhroin and Tom Redmond. This concert is fun for the whole family!

Find out more.

May 2nd 2024
Manchester Camerata


May 2nd 2024, 7.30pm
Albert Hall, Manchester, UK

/dɪsˈrʌp.tər/ a person or thing that prevents something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected.

Carmel Smickersgill: New Work
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1
Beethoven: Symphony No.8

Join us at The Factory International for an orchestral experience where we put you at the heart of the performance. Take your conventional orchestral performance and rip it up because this is what we’ll be doing! The ultimate orchestral disruptor, Beethoven, features throughout the programme alongside Manchester-based Carmel Smickersgill who has been commissioned to write a piece specifically on the theme of disruption for you all to be immersed in. BBC Young Musician finalist, Ethan Loch performs Beethoven’s youthful first piano concerto.

Find out more. 

May 5th, 2024
BBC Philharmonic

CBeebies: Ocean Adventure with the BBC Philharmonic

May 5th 2024, 3.00pm
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

All aboard for a fun-filled CBeebies musical ocean adventure for all the family! Take a deep breath and dive underwater in the concert hall submarine with its musical crew, the BBC Philharmonic. CBeebies friends JoJo & Gran Gran are on board with a Gran Gran plan, and Andy has his safari sub at the ready. Join the crew to search for endangered creatures, find out fascinating facts, and collect sounds and pictures for your very own musical ocean scrapbook. A magical multi-media event featuring CBeebies theme tunes, orchestral treats, live action film and animation with a few surprises along the way.

Find out more. 

July 20th-26th 2023
European Orchestral Performing Institute

Music Recording Masterclass for European classical musicians offering an intensive orchestral  program with participation in  training, mentoring, rehearsal, and performing sessions  in at FAME’S studios, Skopje, Macedonia.

June 22nd & 23rd 2023
Orchestras Live
Manchester Camerata

The Venue, 

Leeds Conservatoire, UK

Guest Conductor

May 9th-June 5th 2023
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

Verdi, Macbeth 

Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Assistant Conductor to Killian Farrell and Chorus Director

Irish Chamber Orchestra 

24-28 April 2023
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Karen will tour with BBC NOW around Wales, bringing the BBC Ten Pieces to over 10 schools, 1,000 students  in one week. 

17-19 April 2023
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR)

Excerpts from:

Brahms Symphony No. 1

Dvorak Symphony No. 9

Beethoven Symphony No 5 & 9

16-24 March 2023
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

With thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland, as a Taki Alsop Mentee, Karen will be observing rehearsals, performances and recordings with Marin Alsop in Vienna and Paris.

12-16th March 2023
Manchester Camerata
Manchester Camerata

On Tour

3-10th March 2023
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR)

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) masterclass with Marin Alsop as a Taki-Alsop Mentee.

Brahms, Symphony No. 1

Bacewicz, Overture for Symphony Orchestra

Zubel, Streets of a Human City

19 February 2023
Ulster Youth Orchestra
Ulster Youth Orchestra

Play-in Day with Ulster Youth Orchestra

Strauss, Die Fledermaus Overture

Schubert, Rosamunde Overture

29 January 2023
Conducting in the Community
Conducting in the Community

Music Literacy Ireland is delighted to collaborate with conductor Karen Ní Bhroin who will lead and deliver ‘Conducting in the Community’. This workshop explores the basics of conducting and the role of the conductor, while providing you with practical experience and tips to adapt to your musical setting.

26-27 January 2023
KKTC Cumhurbaşkanlığı Senfoni Orkestrası
KKTC Cumhurbaşkanlığı Senfoni Orkestrası

KKTC Cumhurbaşkanlığı Senfoni Orkestrası |
TRNC Presidential Symphony Orchestra

26.01.2023 Perşembe | Thursday, 20:00

27.01.2023 Cuma | Friday, 20:00
YDÜ AKKM Lefkoşa

Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
Wagner, Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven, Symphony No.7

28 December 2022
West of England Youth Orchestra
West of England Youth Orchestra

Celebrate new year in sparkling fashion in the company of WEYO and three rising stars of the classical music world. Karen Ní Bhroin, whose career on both sides of the Atlantic is attracting attention wherever she conducts, is joined by two fabulous young singers for an evening of opera and musical  theatre. From La bohème to Beauty and the Beast and from Carmen to Cabaret, this showcase of brilliant young talent is the perfect way to usher in 2023

16 December 2022
BBC Philharmonic
BBC Philharmonic

Christmas Concert with the BBC Philharmonic and children’s chorus which will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester Christmas Day.

21 November 2022
Fondazione Haydn Stiftung
Fondazione Haydn Stiftung

Guest Assisting

Fauré, Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 

Bruch, Concerto per Violino E, Op. 26

Sibelius, Pelléas et Mélisande,  Op. 46

25 October 2022
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Karen will make her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London conducting Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in Know with Score with Moving Performance.
21 September 2022

Fames – European Orchestral Performing Institute

Guest Assisting and Producing for an audio recording.

1 August 2022
Artist Residency
Centre Culturel Irlandais

Karen will be a resident at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France for the month of August studying French on an artist language bursary award. Thank you to Centre Culturel Irlandais for this award and support.

11 July 2022
Domaine Forget, Québec
Domaine Forget, Québec

Bursary recipient to study with Bramwell Tovey (RIP) replaced by Thomas Rösner and Yannick Nézet-Séguin working with Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and members of the Orchestre Métropolitain.


Brahms, Symphony No 1
Stravinsky, Petrushka
Rossini, La Scala Di Seta
Mozart, Die Zauberflöte Overture
Beethoven, Symphony No 9, III, IV
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
Sibelius, Violin Concerto, 1st movement

Mendelssohn, Symphony no. 3
Debussy, Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune
Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances
Boulanger, D’un matin de printemps
Gabriela Lena Frank, Leyendas: An Andrean WalkaboutToyos, Himno de Zamponas, Chasqui

5 July 2022
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

With a growing profile in the United States, one of Ireland’s most exciting young conductors, Karen Ní Bhroin, returns to the National Symphony Orchestra (having made her professional debut with them in 2017) 

NSO 2022

Lunch Time Concert

Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man

Leroy Anderson, Jazz Pizzicato

Morricone, Arr. Angela Morley, Cinema Paradiso

Copland Danzón cubano

Sondheim arr. Kelehan Send In The Clowns

John Williams, Fiddler on the Roof

Copland, RodeoSaturday Night Waltz; Buckaroo Holiday; Corral Nocturne; Hoe-Down

8 June 2022
Masterclass Showcase
Masterclass Showcase

Karen will share the stage with conductors following a week of masterclasses with Jac Van Steen and Kenneth Woods.

Mahler, Kindentotenlieder

Matthews, Symphony No. 9

Schumann, Symphony No. 4

21 May 2022

Igudesman & Joo

Happiness! Is that not what we are all looking for? Well, look no further, because classical music’s comedy megastars Igudesman and Joo are brining their hilarious brand of musical mayhem to Winston-Salem with this unmissable show entitled, simply, Happy. The ultra-virtuosic violin and piano duo have reached an audience of millions thanks to their brilliant YouTube videos that combine all your favourites from Strauss, Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky (often all at the same time) with their own signature humour. The list of artists Igudesman and Job have worked with read like a GRAMMY awards list – everyone from Billy Joel and Hans Zimmer to John Malkovich.

12 May 2022
Grand Rapids Symphony Assistant Conductor Search
Grand Rapids Symphony Assistant Conductor Search

Karen will be sharing the stage with Assistant Conductor Finalists as part of the Grand Rapids Symphony Assistant Conductor Search.

Assistant Conductor Finalist Concert

Mozart: Rondo in C for Violin and Orchestra, with soloist Eric Tanner

Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3 Scottish’, IV

6 May 2022
Steep Canyon Rangers
Steep Canyon Rangers

North Carolina’s GRAMMY-winning, cutting edge bluegrass stars return to the Winston-Salem Symphony stage for a night of foot-stomping favourites, plus a few new recently released barn burners to boot. Riding high on their latest chart-busting release, Arm in Arm, the Rangers are sure to get you our of your seats and dancing in the aisles. It’s gonna be a big ol’ time.

24 April 2022
Youth Symphony
Youth Symphony

Elgar, Salut d’Amour

Schubert, Rosamunde Overture

23 April 2022
Haydn, The Creation
Haydn, The Creation

Assistant Conductor to Simon Carrington

Chorus master, Christopher Gilliam

09 April 2022
Concert for Sounds of Cinema: Heroes and Villains
Concert for Sounds of Cinema: Heroes and Villains

From Batman to Bong, and from Darth Vader to Jaws, you can be sure that it’s the heroes and villains who get all the best music! After our sell-out film concerts of 2019, we return to the music of the big screen for this celebration of the very best of Hollywood. Put on your superhero costume – or summon the dark side if you’d rather – get your popcorn ready, and enjoy an evening of film favourites.

01 April 2022
Galaxies in Her Eyes
Galaxies in Her Eyes

Opera by Mark Lanz Weiser

Libretto by Amy S. Punt

*World Premiere

Kristine McIntyre, director
Karen Ní Bhroin, conductor
Diana Thompson-Brewer, Eden
Lindsay Kesselman, Ada Lovelace
Amanda Lynn Bottoms, Katherine Johnson
Sarah Nordin, Annie Jump Cannon
Scott MacLeod, producer
Brad Barlow, planetarium director

Galaxies In Her Eyes will make its world debut at the High Point University Culp Planetarium on April 1, 2, and 3, 2022.

This short, family-friendly opera tells the story of a young girl who dreams of going to the stars. She imaginatively weaves together the stories of astronomical pioneers Annie Jump Cannon, Katherine Johnson, and Ada Lovelace, whose work helps to make that journey possible. Across time and space, she discovers a sisterhood of science which is defined by collaboration, perseverance, a fascination with the unknown – and the importance of doing your math homework.

Galaxies In Her Eyes is made possible by generous support from the HPU Department of Music, the Winston-Salem Symphony, The National Science Foundation, the HPU Cultural Programs Committee, and the Stephen and Linda Stone family.

Synopsis: 12-year-old Eden, a math and science whiz, dreams of travelling to Mars. But her dreams get derailed when she loses her mother unexpectedly. In the midst of her despair, a young Ada Lovelace appears with her flying machine designs, preparing to visit her own convalescing mother. Applying their math and science skills, Eden and Ada journey through space and time to find their mothers. Their adventures lead them to famed scientists Katherine Johnson and Annie Jump Cannon, who help them on their quest using their groundbreaking discoveries that changed the world. The opera concludes as adult Eden awakens on Mars.

26 March 2022
Hovhaness, Symphony No. 2
Hovhaness, Symphony No. 2

Prep and Cover Conductor for Michael Butterman

Hovhaness, Symphony No. 2

McTee, Circuits

Prokofiev, Selections from Romeo and Juliet Suites

5 March 2022
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis

Cover Conductor for Stephen Mulligan

Gershwin, An American in Paris

Adams, Saxophone Concerto with Branford Marsalis

Still, Symphony No. 4 ‘Autochthonous’

26 February 2022
Concert for Community
Concert for Community

Andrew Harris, The Star’s Above 

Chris Pyle, Dances with Incandescence. 

Vivaldi, Winter from the Four Seasons

Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto in A minor

Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture

Dvorak, The Golden Spinning Wheel

3 February 2022
World Wide Playlist: A Dance Around the Globe!
World Wide Playlist: A Dance Around the Globe!

Mary Starling Education Concerts

Copland, Hoedown

A.J. Potter, Finnegan’s Wake

Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 5

Strauss, Thunder and Lightening Polka

Sowande, African Suite, V, Aklina

Saint-Saëns,  Danse Bacchanale  from Samson et Delila

Bernstein, Mambo

Marquez, Conga Del Fuego

Spinning Wheel

2 February 2022
Nu Ensemble
Nu Ensemble

Clyne, Overflow

8 January 2022
Subscription Concert 3 Celebrate!
Subscription Concert 3 2020/2021 Celebrate!

Shostakovich Festive Overture

Assistant to JoAnn Falletta for Greig Piano Concerto with Alexandra Dariescu and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4.

28 November 2021
Holiday Pops Concert
Holiday Pops Concert

A Carolina Christmas with soloist Timothy McDevitt and Camel City Jazz Orchestra

21 November 2021
Mahler 5
Mahler 5

Prep conductor and cover conductor for Thomas Wilkins

14 November 2021
Winston-Salem Youth Orchestras
Winston-Salem Youth Orchestras

WSS Youth Symphony

Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Sandresky, Tria

5 November 2021
Inspiration, Imitation and Flattery
Inspiration, Imitation and Flattery

Ticheli, Serenade for Kristin with soloist, Jaren Atherholt

3 October 2021
Subscription Concert 1
Subscription Concert 1

Margaret Sandresky, GAUDEAMUS

25 September 2021
Winston Salem Symphony Concert
Winston Salem Symphony Concert

W.A. Mozart, Symphony No. 15, Allegro

L V Beethoven, Congratulations Minuet

Hagen, Overture in F

G. Bizet, L’ Arlesienne Suite, Farandole

A. Beach, Bal Masque

J. Sibelius, Andante Festivo

F. Price, Suite of Dances

A. Copland, Three Latin American Sketches (II Paisaje Mexicano & III Danza de Jalisco)

C. Vardell, Joe Clarke Steps Out

18 September 2021
Shostakovich 5
Shostakovich 5

Overture for Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz

Joaquín Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez, soloist Harry Ngo

Prep conductor and cover conductor for Robert Franz.

25 June 2021
New Directions
New Directions

Komshilles, *Cauda Pavonis

*World Premiere

15 May 2021
Season Finale! From Beethoven to Copland
Season Finale! From Beethoven to Copland

Copland, Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 Instruments

14 May 2021
English Channels
English Channels

Vaughan Williams, Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Elgar, Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op. 20

8 May 2021
Subscription Concert 5 2020/2021 Around the World in 80 Minutes
Subscription Concert 5 2020/2021 Around the World in 80 Minutes

Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 1

De Falla, Danza ritual de fuego from El amor brujo

25 March 2021
Orchestral Premiers
Orchestral Premiers

Wray, The Reflecting Pool (2021)

Kelly, The Old Hunting Grounds (2021)

Harris, Down Stream (2020

12 March 2021
Ancient Airs and Dances
Ancient Airs and Dances

Respighi, Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite N0. 3

11 March 2021
Czech Connection
Czech Connection

Suk, Serenade for Strings, Op. 6

Haydn, Symphony No. 22 (‘The Philosopher’)

6 February 2021
Subscription Concert 3 2020/2021 – Mixtape
Subscription Concert 3 2020/2021 – Mixtape

Ravel, Mother Goose Suite, V. le jardin féerique

Mozart, Marriage of Figaro Overture

Piazolla, Libertango, Kevork Andonian

28 November 2020
Holiday Pops Concert
Holiday Pops Concert

A Carolina Christmas Unwrapped

Sharing the stage with conductor Timothy Redmond.

17 November 2020
UNCSA String Ensembles with Lady Jess
UNCSA String Ensembles with Lady Jess

Hindemith, Five Pieces for String Orchestra, Op. 44

Barber, Adagio for Strings

Bologne, Symphony Concertante in G Major 

Bologne, Violin Concerto in G Major, Op. 2, No. 1 with soloist Lady Jess.

10 November 2020
UNCSA Chamber Winds
UNCSA Chamber Winds

Stravinsky, Octet

10 October 2020
UNCSA Chamber Winds
UNCSA Chamber Winds

Corelli, Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 4

Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68 BB76

Mozart, Divertimento in F Major, K138/135c

Grieg, Holberg Suite

8 March 2020
KSU Orchestra Concert 5
KSU Orchestra Concert 5

Rimsky Korsakov, Scheherazade, Mvt 1

Ravel, Mother Goose Suite

20 February 2020
Akron Symphony Orchestra
Akron Symphony Orchestra

Chorus Master for Mozart Requiem

1 February 2020
Hotel California’ A Salute to the Eagles
Hotel California’ A Salute to the Eagles

Pops concert with the Akron Symphony Orchestra

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