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From London, a live concert at Meriden Free

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On Thursday, Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m., at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church, you can go to London without leaving town.

Cost for the concert is a free will offering with proceeds to benefit the ministry of Jamie and Eric Staveness collegiate ministry. British inspired refreshments will be served: tea, crumpets and mince pie.

April Fredrick grew up in the small town of Shawano, Wis. playing violin, writing and singing.

She spent her junior year in Dublin, Ireland, which gave her a taste for life in the British Isles. After her undergraduate studies in voice, English and Spanish at Northwestern College in St Paul, Minn., she earned her Masters and PhD at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she is now a freelance classical soprano.

"I have a passion for bringing song to life. I love words, and I love music, so perhaps it's only natural that what I love to sing best is art song, which brings poetry and music together," said Fredrick. "During my training at the Royal Academy of Music in London, I was privileged to work with some of the finest musical and academic minds in the world, and I soaked in their knowledge and passion like a sponge, only to discover that there is always more to learn!

"Many people today don't see song as relevant thinking, What does it have to do with me and my life? I have become convinced that one of the things song does better than any other form of music is capturing the experience of a moment in time.

"But it also helps us delve into what it means to be human--from the heights and the depths and every shade in between. And it brings us into community. Every time I sing, I engage with the world and mind of the poet, the composer's world and his or her response to the poet and poem, with my duo partner, and with my audience.

"I get to explore times and placed I never lived in, but yet I find that in the end, they felt the same hopes and fears that we do, rejoiced over new-found love, struggled with failure and loss. As we listen, we realize that others have been there before us. And as I perform, I get to draw those who hear me into that world as well, into the community of everyone who has ever sung their hearts out in all of history.

"Song can delight us, it can move us, it can entertain us, it can soothe us, and it can inspire us. Its beauty and power come from God, the source of all beauty, and I believe He can use it to soften our hearts and to speak and minister to different parts of us that a sermon will never reach. The ancient Greeks believed that a well-tuned chord of music could change things in the real world, and I think they were onto something.

"My background has also included ample doses of jazz, folk and Christian music both ancient and modern, and this evening would bring together all these influences and genres (including a song or two by me) into a program skimming through 'Song through the Ages,' offering something for everyone. So come--be moved, be enlightened, be entertained, be well-fed, and rejoice with me as I sing, exploring life in all its fullness."

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