A Wilton pianist is teaching her students more than melodies and technique–she’s showing them how to put their artistic abilities to work helping others.

Kyong Hee Cho‘s piano students are performing in the tenth annual “Playing By Heart,” benefit concert scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Grace Methodist Church. Performers will donate all proceeds to Camp Rising Sun, a camp for children diagnosed with cancer located in Colebrook, CT at Camp Jewell. Camp Rising Sun welcomes any child aged 5-17 who has faced a diagnosis of cancer to enjoy a week of fun and friendship, at no charge.

This year’s performers include students from Wilton, Fairfield, Milford and Westport each of whom must balance intense daily practice sessions, lessons and rehearsals with strenuous academic schedules, athletics and family commitments.

Three Wilton High School freshmen are performing this year. Peyton Lauricella is performing for the second time and will play Chopin’s “Grand Waltz” Op. 18. Jack and Claudia Nanez will play “Petite Suite” a duet by Claude Debussy.

“Jeux d’eau” by Maurice Ravel will be performed by Sharon Kesselman, a Wilton resident and mother of two. This is her fourth year participating in the “Playing By Heart” benefit concert.

Fairfield resident and Ludlowe senior, Christine Chang, has performed in two previous concerts and will play “Hungarian Rhapsody” #2 by Frantz Liszt.

Staples High School freshman Alisyn Kercher, who performed last year, will play “Fantasie Impromtu” by Frederic Chopin. WoongKi Hong, also a freshman at Staples, will perform “Hungarian Rhapsody” #11 by Frantz Liszt. Seohyun Hong, a junior at Staples, is the principal flautist with the Norwalk Youth Symphony and will perform “Carmen–Fantasie Brilliant” for flute and piano.

Angela Suh, a recent University of Connecticut graduate, Christine Chang, Elizabeth Kim and her brother Jonathan will perform “Galop Marche” by Albert Lavignac–one piano with eight hands!

Cho, who has encouraged previous students in the planning and preparation of this event for the past ten years, speaks with enthusiasm of “Playing By Heart.”

“This is a significant concert, a decade in which students have given back for what they have been given. I am so proud of them. It is a joy to teach piano, but at this level with many of the advanced students it is much more than listening to them play. It is a chance to share what I know about techniques that will help them find and create the true beauty of a piece of music.”

Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased from any of the performers or through the church by calling 203.374.6528.

All donations are welcome.