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Members of the Lawson Ensemble string trio of Jacksonville are pictured. They include Clinton Dewing, from left, Aurica Duca and Nick Curry. The group will offer a free concert Nov. 18 in Brunswick.

It’s always been said that music is good for the soul. And next Sunday, the community will be bathed in beautiful sound courtesy of an internationally renowned trio of musicians. The Lawson Ensemble, a professional string trio based in Jacksonville, will perform a free concert from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3631 Community Road, Brunswick. It is open to the public. Afterward, refreshments will be served while attendees meet the musicians, Aurica Duca, violin; Clinton Dewing, violin and viola; and Nick Curry, cello.

The members have extensive resumes, which include a number of performances across the globe. This concert will feature works from Bach, Haydn and Beethoven, as well as Claude Debussy’s piano piece, “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair,” which has been adapted for the strings. The ensemble will also play Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” from the “Wizard of Oz.” Curry, who is a music professor at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, will also offer commentary on each piece.

“I like to talk about each piece before we play them in every concert because I know that not everyone who comes has a music degree or has studied music. So sometimes they don’t know a lot about the pieces,” Curry said. “This is a very diverse program. But we are also playing other pieces like ‘Over the Rainbow’ so there will be something for everyone.”

Performing in the Isles will be a new experience for Curry but not so for his colleagues, who have local ties. Duca serves concertmaster for the Coastal Symphony of Georgia while Dewing, her husband, plays in the first violin section. The trio will conduct a masterclass for the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra prior to the concert.

“They are up there regularly for performances with the Coastal Symphony of Georgia. I’m a professor at UNF and I have a 4-year-old so I don’t preform with the Coastal Symphony ... that’s daddy-daughter time,” Curry said with a laugh. “But we are very excited about it. We are the resident ensemble at UNF and (Brunswick resident) Randolph Russell comes to every concert we have so he arranged this. He’s really been the one behind the whole thing. We’re really happy that it has worked out.”

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