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See Natalia Paruz's saw at the Little Orchestra Society's concerts.
- Michael Sofronski


Natalia Paruz really puts some teeth into her music - she plays the saw. And Steve Herbst ain't just whistling "Dixie" when he's in tune - he's a world champion whistler.

They - along with Cecilia Brauer, who plays the glass-bowl contraption called an armonica - are the soloists today when the Little Orchestra Society performs at Avery Fisher Hall.

Dino Anagnost, the orchestra's musical director - better known as Maestro - once conducted the orchestra with one hand while he used his other hand to volley with tennis great Billie Jean King, so he's up for anything weird.

It's a good thing, too, because along with its soloists, the orchestra will be joined by the Foot and Fiddle Dancers, New York Baton Twirlers Council Champions and Metropolitan Singers/Greek Choral Society.

Expect to hear a patriotic program featuring a Saw Lady solo, an Aaron Copland piece, the Whistler puckering up for George M. Cohan's "You're a Grand Old Flag" and a cowboy medley, and the armonica expert on the traditional "Shenandoah."

And when the orchestra gets to "God Bless America" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," you'll be expected to join right in.

Today, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at Avery Fisher Hall. Tickets, $10-$35; (212) 971-9500.