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Operatic Duo Sings Down Memory Lane

Opera singers Faith Sherman and Dan Kempson relived some childhood memories Sunday evening, performing in their hometown of Wilton at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church to an audience of friends, family and former teachers.

"I am filled with so much joy to be back here in Wilton and sharing music with you again," said Sherman, a mezzo-soprano.

Kempson, a baritone, agreed. "It was great to get out there and recognize everybody in the audience," he said.

Though Sherman is several years older than Kempson, the two performed together in "The Music Man" when they were teenagers at Wilton High School 12 years ago. Kempson said Sherman was one of the leads and he was just a chorus member, so he was happy to have a bigger role in their second performance together.

The Arts at St. Matthew's put together Sunday's performance. Initially, Rodney Ayers, St. Matthew's music director, had reached out only to Kempson, who suggested involving Sherman, too. The two Facebook friends and professional performers lined up their schedules to entertain their former neighbors.

"It was pretty cool," Sherman said of singing with Kempson.

Accompanying the two was pianist Joseph Li, who works as a coach for the Houston Grand Opera and HGO Studio. Li is also a great friend, according to Sherman, who sings with the Houston Grand Opera.

Kempson and Sherman performed three sections each separately and then combined their talents on Mozart's "Il Core Vi Dono" from Cosi Fan Tutte and "La Ci Darem La Mano" from Don Giovanni.

They closed the show with "I Could Have Danced All Night," from My Fair Lady, which had the audience saying "amazing," "extraordinary" and other accolades.

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