Four Wilton pianists will perform in benefit concert

Wilton resident Sharon Kesselman and Wilton High School freshmen Peyton Lauricella, Jack Nanez and Claudia Nanez will perform alongside eight other students of Wilton pianist Kyong Hee Cho in the Playing By Heart benefit concert at Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m.

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Camp Rising Sun, a camp for 5- to 17-year-olds with cancer at Camp Jewell in Colebrook, Conn.

Cho teaches piano in her Clover Drive studio to students from Wilton, Westport, Milford and Fairfield.

The Nanez siblings, who have been Cho’s students for seven years, said balancing daily practice sessions, lessons and rehearsals with academics and other commitments has helped improve more than just their musical abilities.

Jack said piano has helped him manage his school work, and Claudia said her work ethic has “definitely improved.”

Peyton, who will be performing in the Playing By Heart concert for the second time, said piano has helped her with math and also increased her wrist and finger strength for lacrosse and field hockey.

Kesselman balances piano sessions with a full-time job and motherhood, said Cho, and has played in the last two concerts.

“She is an amazing woman,” said Cho, whose students have performed in the Playing By Heart concert for the last 10 years.

“This is a significant concert — a decade in which students have given back for what they have been given,” said Cho. “I am so proud of them.”

Tickets for the event are $15 and may be purchased by calling 203-374-6528. Checks should be made payable to Camp Rising Sun. All donations are welcome.

Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church is at 1089 Fairfield Woods Road in Fairfield.

To learn more about Cho’s piano studio, visit