Violinist Chelsea Smith of Easton will join others in a free concert Jan. 5

Chelsea Smith

Violinist Chelsea Smith of Easton will join others in a free concert Jan. 5

By Easton Courier Staff on December 29, 2013

Peformers in the Wednesday Musical Club’s annual concert of scholarship winners on Sunday, Jan. 5, include violinist Chelsea Smith of Easton, a Joel Barlow High School graduate who is a senior at the Juilliard School in Manhattan. She has performed all over the world and won numerous prizes in international competitions.

Ms. Smith will be joined by violinist Madeleine Wething of Fairfield as well as composer and pianist Felix Jarrar of Bridgeport and soprano Liz Ashkins of Fairfield. The concert, which will take place at 2 p.m. at Jesse Lee Church at 25 Flat Rock Road, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, call 203-261-9160.

Ms. Smith, the recipient of the Juilliard Alumni and Karl H. Kraeuter scholarships, began her violin studies at age 4 in Easton and was an early participant in the Easton Arts Council youth talent shows. She embraces contemporary as well as classical forms and has performed at venues as varied as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall.

The violinist is founder and director of N*Tune, an organization dedicated to raising money for charity by providing music for special occasions. She is a Gluck Community Service fellow and a member of the Juilliard New Orleans Service Project, which provides free arts immersion for local youth and builds homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Her Trio Esprit piano trio recently performed the world premiere of a new work commissioned for them by Chamber Music Competition.

Ms. Smith is a recipient of the Wednesday Musical Club’s scholarship for college students majoring in music. The WMC is entering its 115th year in the greater Bridgeport community. The members perform music locally, and as a service, at senior centers and libraries and provide annual scholarships to young musicians.