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Meet the musical Kelly family, all 17 of them

Meet the musical Kelly family, all 17 of them

The family of young musicians took the Green Line from the West Side to downtown Chicago, lugging their instruments on their backs. A harp. A cello. Four violins. They set up their small orchestra at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. And for two hours on a warm weekday evening, the delicate music flowed, barely audible in the bustle of rush-hour traffic. Most of the songs were improvised, loosely arranged by the eldest in the group, 20-year-old Joseph Kelly, who like most of his siblings began taking music lessons six years ago. He has a natural talent, some say, and when he plays the harp, it is enchanting. But even with Joseph's harp in the forefront, the...

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