Conceived by 13-year-old Fairfield Woods Middle School student Cameron Luther, the Concert for Newtown thrilled and deeply moved attendees of two sold-out performances at Fairfield Theatre Company on Saturday night.
The concerts, produced by Luther's elder brother Niles, were both a memorial to the 26 lives lost in the massacre last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a fundraiser to promote healing in that grief-stricken community.
The event showcased the a talents of young musicians and singers from the area, each of whom was featured during the program.
"The feeling I have is excitement," said Cameron backstage prior to the show, as he stood with his three siblings amid the other performers. "I'm really amazed by the talent. Niles did a great job of organizing people."
For his part, Niles said, "A lot of these guys are my friends. We know each other through school, church, the bus ... all over. Their response was immediate. We all wanted to give back and contribute, and everyone wanted to perform music that we love for people that we love."
Ticket proceeds and related sales benefited the CT PTSA Sandy Hook Fund dedicated to providing ongoing assistance to the Newtown community.