Local music students will perform in the Bob Veillette recitals in the beautiful piano room at the Whittemore Library, 243 Church Street in Naugatuck. In order to accomodate all the young musicians, the recitals will be held on two nights, Monday, August 13 and Monday, August 20, 2012. The recitals will both begin at 7:00 pm and the emcee will be the "hardest working musician in the borough" Charley Marenghi. Most of the students will perform a solo on the grand piano, but some may take part in a duet with another instrument. The piano students are of all ages and skill level, but everyone does an amazing job with their chosen musical selections. Mr. Marenghi introduces each performer with a detailed bio and the entire recital is videotaped by Tony Purcaro.
The event is named for Naugatuck resident Bob Veillette, the former managing editor of the Republican-American newspaper and an accomplished jazz pianist. He began the low pressure recitals before a 2006 stroke that led to "Lock In Syndrome" which left him almost completely paralyzed. Family friend Helen Boxer picked up the reigns to keep this recital alive and she still does all the heavy lifting involved in making this happen.
Mr. Veillette has attended every recital since his stroke and greatly looks forward to coming each year. He always told the young musicians that "Confidence is key." Mr. Marenghi adds, "These recitals were designed to give young musicians a chance to build their confidence and grow as an artist."
The event is free and open to the public.