BROOKSVILLE — When the late Charlotte Murrin came to Hernando County in 1991, the lifelong musician joined the Hernando Symphony Orchestra. She quickly learned that the fledgling group needed string players, so she started a music school to teach youngsters and adults violin, viola and cello.
Over the years, Murrin taught hundreds of students, first at her Hernando Suzuki School of Music and then at Miss Charlotte's Suzuki Strings. She brought about 30 performers to the orchestra, about a dozen of whom are still members.
When Murrin died in 2006 after a long battle with cancer, her husband of 33 years, Ken Murrin, decided to keep her legacy alive through the Charlotte Murrin Memorial Suzuki Education Foundation, and with it an annual benefit concert featuring Murrin's former proteges and students of the Suzuki strings method.
The fifth annual Best of the Best concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville. Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the foundation, which provides scholarships to music students.
"The performers are this year's recipients," Ken Murrin said, adding that the scholarships will be awarded after the performances.
The show will feature 19 musicians performing on violin and cello.
Refreshments will be served afterward.
Each year, $4,000 to $5,000 is awarded in scholarships. All donations are tax deductible.
"This is my wife's legacy," Murrin said.