Playing For Leukemia

At age 7, Rachael Shapiro had her 1st piano lesson.  Immediately after, she gave her parents a “concert.”  The results were predictable.

Rachael Shapiro

Rachael Shapiro

But Rachael was serious.  She studied and practiced.  Today the Staples freshman is a fine classical pianist.

Like most musicians, she loves sharing her music.  Like far fewer, she has found a way to share it and make money.  But not for herself — Rachael’s music is raising funds for a great cause.

On Saturday, June 20 (7:30 p.m.) at the Steinway Piano Gallery (Post Road, next to the fire station),  Rachael performs a benefit concert for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The cause is special:  Her great-grandfather died of a blood disorder.  He had an enormous influence on her life.  It was her idea to honor him this way.

“Forgive me for being a proud father,” says Rachael’s dad Warren.  “But to her, playing the piano is about performing for others.  If you come to this recital you will hear some pretty good classical music.  And you will see a kid taking great joy in playing it.”

(Reservations are required.  Donations may be made in advance:  suggested $20 adults, $15 students.  Send checks [“Leukemia and Lymphoma Society”] to:  Rachael Shapiro, 27 Park La., Westport, CT 06880.  Include number of attendees and e-mail.  For information call 203-227-5057, or email

One response to “Playing For Leukemia

  1. Warren Shapiro

    Last night Rachael had her big solo benefit at the Steinway Gallery here in Westport. It was a packed house! Thanks to the support and generosity of Barbara Oligino, GM of the Steinway Gallery of Westport for the use of her incomparably beautiful venue and the contributions from family, friends, neighbors and music lovers from Westport, Weston, Fairfield and beyond; we raised over $3,100! 100% of the monies will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, CT Chapter to support families who are stricken with these terrible diseases and research toward a cure.

    Many thanks again, to Barbara Oligino and the Steinway Gallery and all of the generous supporters to attended and contributed to this most worthy cause. It was a great night!