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February 21, 2014

Cullen to perform for a good cause

CLINTON — Sarah Cullen has had a love of music since she was 3 years old, learning violin by listening to a piece of music and imitating it.

“It’s kind of like learning a foreign language,” Sarah said.

With a bachelors and a masters degree in the violin, Sarah has made her living performing for events and teaching. She is currently a part of the Quad-City Orchestra and a string quartet called Quartrio. Now Sarah and and other area musicians will perform to benefit women in crisis.

Last year, Sarah decided her church, Evangelical Free, should hold a “concert for a cause.” The free performance collected $3,000 for the Victory Center from free-will donations. This year, the proceeds will go to the YWCA’s Women’s Crisis Services, which has faced recent funding issues.

“I have this talent and I like to share it,” Sarah said. “And I thought, ‘Why not use it for a good cause?’”

The concert, scheduled for Feb. 28, will feature mostly classical music by Mozart, Beethoven and a piano trio by Schubert. Sarah and her husband, Shawn, will sing a duet together. She also is excited to have cellist Michael Wahlman and pianist Christine Holmer joining her.

The concert will begin and end with spiritual songs. The church’s band, comprised of almost 10 members, will perform.

“It’s kind of a lot of different numbers, a lot of variety in the concert,” Sarah said.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert should run between an hour and 1 1/2 hours, with a reception following. The event is free and open to the public.

Sarah and Shawn have three children: a 10-year-old son, a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old daughter. The two oldest play the piano and both girls like to sing and dance around the house.

“They definately have a lot of music in them,” Sarah said.

After living in Clinton for the past 10 years, the Cullens will soon move to LeClaire. Despite the distance, Sarah hopes to continue the “concert for a cause” events each year in Clinton.

“I see it as a way to use my music to bless people in need,” Sarah said.

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