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'Concert for Conservation' featuring violinist Hilary Castle

Published April 03. 2014 4:00AM   Updated April 05. 2014 3:48PM

The phrase "giving back" gets tossed around loosely, but violinist Hilary Castle has truly been giving back to a place that provided formative experiences for her: the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.

Castle grew up in Stonington and recalls how the center "helped illuminate the world around me. Nature has had an inherent impact on my music."

On Sunday, she returns to stage her seventh "Concert for Conservation" to benefit the Mystic center's educational programs. The concert, held at Union Baptist Church in Mystic, will feature pieces by Schubert, Part and Schumann, as well as Jay Ungar fiddle selections. Castle will be accompanied by Raymond Wong on piano.

Castle has played with a whole range of groups and performers over the course of her career - from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra to Arcos Orchestra, from violinist-composer Mark O'Connor to jazz vocalist Allan Harris. She has performed with orchestras at such venues as Boston's Symphony Hall to the Sydney Opera House. And she teaches at Turtle Bay Music School in New York City.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

Hilary Castle, 2 p.m. Sunday,

Union Baptist Church, 119 High St., Mystic; $20 DPNC members, $25 nonmembers, $5 students;

(860) 536-1216.

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