Stapleton and friends tickle the ivories Sunday to raise money for YouthZone |

Stapleton and friends tickle the ivories Sunday to raise money for YouthZone

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff
Submitted Photo Stuart Stapleton, a senior at Rifle High School, is among the musicians playing Sunday at the St. Mary Mid-Winter Arts Festival.

RIFLE – The idea for a special benefit concert for YouthZone was born nearly eight months ago.Stuart Stapleton, a senior at Rifle High School, hoped to organize the concert and give a solo performance that would wrangle a healthy sum of money for YouthZone.He did organize the concert, but he won’t be performing solo. His friends, Teal Plattner, Ben Fout and Stephen Piker, will also present their piano talents at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle.Stapleton knows the other piano players because they share a piano teacher – Linda Colby – who coordinates the Mid-Winter Arts Festival at St. Mary’s. Stapleton has been taking lessons with Colby since he was 6 years old. He plans to major in music performance at Elon University in North Carolina next year.Stapleton performed in another concert about two years ago to benefit YouthZone.

“We were able to make a pretty nice profit for them,” Stapleton said. “YouthZone is a good organization and giving to them seems like a good way to give back to the community.”Music on the program will range from Mozart and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff and Scott Joplin. There will also be two original compositions debuted at the concert.Stapleton said he is grateful to have the help of his friends for this concert.”I thought I’d do it by myself, but it’s a lot of pressure,” Stapleton said. “It takes a lot of the pressure off not to have to depend on myself to play through the whole night.”Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; children younger than 12 are free. Refreshments will be served, and proceeds from the concert will benefit YouthZone, an organization that offers guidance and support to youths in our communities. For more information, call 984-0419.

Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 945-8515, ext. 529ahmiller@postindependent.comYouthZone benefit

Who: Stuart Stapleton and friendsWhat: St. Mary Mid-Winter Arts Festival YouthZone benefit concertWhen: 7 p.m. SundayWhere: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, RifleHow much: $10/adults, $8/seniors and students; children younger than 12 are free

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