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Brazilian Twins Follow Classical Music Dream

Twins Wagner and Walter Caldas have been playing the violin for 10 years, initially at the insistence of their mother.
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Twins Wagner and Walter Caldas have been playing the violin for 10 years, initially at the insistence of their mother.
Jonas and Homalia Caldas in his Niteroi shop, where he makes and restores classical instruments.
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Jonas and Homalia Caldas in his Niteroi shop, where he makes and restores classical instruments.

A pair of 21-year-old twin Brazilian violinists are working their way out of poverty by playing classical music.

Wagner and Walter Caldas grew up in a poor neighborhood across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. The brothers make their American debut this week, performing with their orchestra for the Brazil Foundation in New York City.

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Julie McCarthy has spent most of career traveling the world for NPR. She's covered wars, prime ministers, presidents and paupers. But her favorite stories "are about the common man or woman doing uncommon things," she says.