Need a good reason to head to Southport’s Trinity Church on Sunday, November 3 (5 p.m.) for the Music for Youth “Rising Stars Benefit”?
I don’t have 1.
I have 8.
Here they are:
1. Music for Youth is a low-key, little-publicized Westport-based arts non-profit. It was founded by former Westporter Marianne Liberatore. She died in June 2012, but her organization lives on.
2. MFY puts on free monthly young persons concerts and master classes. Held at the Pequot Library, they attract average audiences of 200 to each show.
3. MFY also runs a free professional quartet residency program and musical exchange involving Bridgeport and Weston middle schools…
4. Plus a scholarship program.
5. This is the 1st benefit concert since Liberatore’s death. It’s crucial for MFY to raise money to continue their superb free programs.
6. This year’s benefit highlights “Rising Stars” — teenage and pre-teen musicians from Fairfield County who have participated in the master classes. The youngsters are helping raise funds for free programs for other kids.
7. Performers include 5 Westport students: Stapleites Ellie Shapiro (featured violin soloist), Cameron Baumann and Christoph Russi (violinists in the Vivace ensemble), as well as pianists Alan Becker (Kings Highway Elementary School) and Joy Xu (Saugatuck El).
8. The Vivace is the advanced teen string ensemble of the Suzuki Music School of Westport. They perform from memory, and are the closing act.
(To purchase tickets, call 203-938-3843 or click here. They are also available at the door.)