Winsted resident receives national award from NSDAR

Winsted resident and award-winning composer Cinzi Lavin. Photo submitted.
Winsted resident and award-winning composer Cinzi Lavin. Photo submitted.

WINSTED — In December, resident Cinzi Lavin received the Women in the Arts Recognition Award by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).
According to a press release, to qualify for the award, the award winner must have outstandingly contributed to her artistic field.
The award was presented to Lavin remotely by the Regent of the Boston Tea Party Chapter, Peggy O’Connor, at their meeting celebrating the 247th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.
Lavin was born in Manhattan, raised in Texas, and moved to Winsted in May.
“My husband and I came to Winsted because we found it when we were staying here as a layover as we were looking in the Hudson River Valley area,” Lavin said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “Winsted is very nice because the landscape is perfect here. The people are very friendly and we enjoy all of the cultural activities in this area.”
Lavin has composed several musicals, including “On This River” in 2009, “Toilers of the Sea: The Life of Joshua James” in 2010, and “Where the Fun Begins” in 2011.
Recently she completed a full-length musical on the life of Mitsuyo Seo, the Japanese animator who was forced to create pro-war propaganda films during World War II by the Royal Japanese Navy.
Lavin said she did not know when the new musical would hit the stage.
“As soon as someone wants to produce it, I am ready,” Lavin said.
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