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May 15, 2009 in City
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Ellamae Anderson, 87, chats with friends Friday, May 15, 2009 at Gonzaga University.

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Ellamae Anderson, 87, gets lost in a piece by Chopin in the practice room Friday.

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Ellamae Anderson, 87, gets lost in a piece by Chopin.

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Ellamae Anderson, 87, gets lost in a piece by Chopin Friday, May 15, 2009 at Gonzaga University.

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Ellamae Anderson, 87, plays a piece by Chopin Friday, May 15, 2009 at Gonzaga University where was was warming up for competition at Musicfest, an open competition for musicians.

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Ellamae Anderson, 87, digs into a piece by Chopin Friday, May 15, 2009 in the Magnuson Theater at Gonzaga University while competing at Musicfest, an open music competition. She was the oldest competitor by far. She studied piano as a youngster, but didn’t get serious about it until she turned 81.

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Ellamae Anderson, 87, stands for applause from the small group watching her play Chopin Friday, May 15, 2009 at Gonzaga University where she was competing at Musicfest.

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Ellamae Anderson, 87, right, and fellow competitor Kay Benson, left, applaud the judge, Dr. Joel Harrison, after they competed in the piano division Friday, May 15, 2009 in the Magnuson Theater at Gonzaga University during Musicfest, an open music competition.