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Couple featured in area concert

New Richmond residents, Luke Foster, pianist, and wife, Sara Foster, violinist, will participate in a musical production, called "Your Favorite Classical Masterpieces," conceived and directed by New Richmond native, author and composer, Thomas Murray on the afternoon of April 27, 2 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn.

Luke Foster holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Iowa Sate University, where he studied piano with William David. Luke went on to study accompanying at the University of Iowa under Shari Roads, and has extensive experience performing and accompanying throughout the Midwest. He has performed several piano concertos with various orchestras in Iowa, and is active as a chamber musician, church organist and accompanist in his hometown of New Richmond. Luke will be accompanying Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano and voice professor at the University of Iowa, in a recital of sacred music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May.

Sarah Foster has a bachelor of music degree in violin performance and a bachelor of arts in communication studies from the University of Iowa. Sarah was a scholarship performer at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and a fellowship performer at the Garth Newel Chamber Music Center in Virginia. She also served as the Assistant Outreach Director for the Aspen Music Festival and School. Sarah has performed with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Dubque Symphony and the LaFosse Orchestra. Sarah is currently a freelance violinist in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and teaches violin and viola out of her home in New Richmond, at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson and at the Mount Olivet School of Music.

In May of 1995, Thomas Murray directed the first of six concerts at the Phipps Center for the Arts, the most recent being in 2006. In 1999, he published the first of two song books, totaling 45 of his compositions called "Stolen Dreams, a Treasury of Songs by Thomas Murray." In 1997, he completed a play and a musical, also called "Stolen Dreams." In 2007, he published a booklet containing more than 265 entries called "Thought Provoking Quotes and Anecdotes." A native of New Richmond, Murray maintains a studio at his country residence overlooking Ten Mile Creek.