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Simsbury church to host local pianist

Pianist Sarah Masterson will perform a repertoire of music including
Siegmeister’s Piano Sonata “American,” Beethoven’s “Sonata Op. 10 No.
2,” Messiaen’s “Preludes pour piano” and Liszt’s “Reminiscences de
Norma.” The event will begin at 3 p.m., March 4, at Simsbury United Methodist
, 799 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury.

Masterson recently completed her doctoral degree in performance at
the University of Connecticut where she studied with Dr. Neal
Larrabee. At UConn she performed as part of the UConn Wind Ensemble
and the UConn Chamber Music Festival.She was the winner of the
graduate division in UConn’s 2009 concerto competition and in 2010,
her piano trio performed as part of the prestigious Jorgensen Center
for the Perform Arts Classics Series.

She received a bachelor’s degree in physics and a performer’s
certificate from DePauw University. As the winner of the 2001 Young
Artist competition, she performed with the Evansville Philharmonic
Orchester. At DePauw, she performed as soloist with the DePauw Symphony
Orchestera and accompanied a variety of recitals and musical theater

Currently she teaches individuals lessons, group piano and music
theory at the Community School of the Arts and is an adjunct faculty
member at Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr Masterson also
serves as the organist and choir director at the First United
Methodist Church of Mansfield.


Blind musician to perform at Simsbury church

By Tracy Simmons

SIMSBURY — Ken Medema, a blind musician, composer and songwriter, will be performing on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Simsbury United Methodist Church.

“He will share songs, stories and improvisational skills with the audience,” said Carol Bressor, of Simsbury UMC. “It could be a life-changing experience for several people.”

A biography of Medema can be found on the church website.

Tickets  in advance are $12  for adults, $10 for kids and seniors. At the door
they will be $15 adults, $10 for kids and seniors. Tickets can be ordered
by calling (860) 985-3503.