Piano concert to raise funds for autistic man
MANCHESTER — A Bennington College music instructor will be holding a piano concert at Zion Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 9, to raise funds for his son who is living with autism.
Christopher Lewis, a piano instructor at the college, will be playing Chopin pieces at the concert that starts at 4 p.m.
His son, Eamonn Lewis, 22, was recently accepted to Triform Camphill Community in Hudson, New York, a residential community for young adults with developmental disabilities.
Eammon had attended the New England Center for Children in Southborough, Mass. for 12 years, an educational institution for children with autism.
He graduated from the center's residential program in April of last year and lived at home for the next eight months.
At the end of last year, Eamonn was accepted to Triform Camphill Community.
"His parents feel so fortunate to have found this respectful environment for their sensitive and vulnerable son, and above all feel so relieved to have found a place where he can thrive and be happy in safety," according to a press release about Christopher Lewis' concert.
A reception will follow the concert, which is sponsored by parishioners of Zion Church. The event will be accepting donations, all of which will go toward Eamonn's placement at Triform.
Christopher has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Italy. He has given concerts in such major venues as the Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City.
He is a prizewinner of the American National Chopin and the New York Leschetizky Society competitions and has held faculty positions at New York University and several private schools in New York City.
He joined the faculty of Bennington College as a piano and chamber music instructor in 2010.
He has served as organist for Zion Episcopal Church since 2010.
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