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Photo via <a href="">Clarinets for Conservation on Facebook</a>, used with permission
Photo via Clarinets for Conservation on Facebook, used with permission

Tree-saving clarinetists bring mission to Saranac Lake

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This evening, a quartet on a mission will play the BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. C4C Quartet will raise money for Clarinets for Conservation, an organization clarinetist Michele Von Haugg founded with a goal to save the African Blackwood Tree, or 'Mpingo, in Tanzania. The wood is used to make musical instruments including the clarinet.

Over a the last few years, Von Haugg and other clarinetists have raised money to travel to Africa to teach music and plant hundreds of trees. She told Todd Moe that the students learn about sustainability, and that learning music benefits kids in much broader ways, too.

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer

More information on the C4C Quartet concert at the BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake.

And tomorrow night, you can catch the documentary "Mpingo: The Tree that Makes Music," at Net Zero House in Lake Placid. It's a benefit for Clarinets for Conservation. Find more details and purchase tickets at

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