Musician Stephanie Chase who performed a special concert at The Colebrook Congregational Church on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Musician Stephanie Chase who performed a special concert at The Colebrook Congregational Church on Saturday, Nov. 9.
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COLEBROOK — Musician Stephanie Chase performed a special concert at The Colebrook Congregational Church on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The event was a benefit for both the church and the Colebrook Historical Society.
Chase is a world-renowned violinist who moved to Winsted three years ago with her husband Stewart Pollens.
Chase performed a recital in honor of the 300th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo along with Bela Bartok’s Sonata for violin solo,
“Why do people still like classical music hundreds of years on? I think that there is a sincerity about classical music that one doesn’t find often in other forms,” Chase said in an interview before the concert. “Musicians interpret great music. To me, great music reflects emotion and humanity. That is what is great about good classical music.”
Colebrook Historical Society President Carol Lord said that it was “a very fortunate circumstance” that led to Chase playing a concert at the church.
“We previously had her husband Stewart Pollens speak at the Historical Society for one of our Friday night gatherings,” Lord said. “In speaking with her afterward, she was talking about an upcoming concert in New York and she would love to be able to practice in the church. In return, she offered to perform a concert for residents for free. We were like, how lucky can we get?”
Lord agreed with Chase on why classical music continues to be popular.
“There’s a beauty in classical music that you don’t find anywhere else,” Lord said. “The instruments are timeless and classical music itself will be timeless because of that.”

Audience members listening to Chase performing.
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