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Westport siblings set concert for Newtown-victim memorial project

Published 6:45 am, Thursday, May 29, 2014

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  • The Shapiro siblings--  from left, Daniel, Rachael and Ellie --- will peform June 14 in a classical music concert to benefit an animal shelter and education center being planned in memory of a six-year-old victim of the Newtown school shootings. Westport CT. May 2014. Photo: Westport News/Contributed Photo / Westport News
    The Shapiro siblings-- from left, Daniel, Rachael and Ellie --- will peform June 14 in a classical music concert to benefit an animal shelter and education center being planned in memory of a six-year-old victim of the Newtown school shootings. Westport CT. May 2014. Photo: Westport News/Contributed Photo

 

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Three teenage siblings in a musical Westport family will stage a benefit concert in Southport on Saturday, June 14, to benefit an animal shelter planned in memory of a Newtown shooting victim.

The Shapiro Family Classical Music Concert is set for 5 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Ave. in Southport.

The family said proceeds would benefit the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, a 34-acre complex planned on donated land in Newtown. The center would honor the memory of Catherine, an animal lover and 6-year-old first grader who was among the 26 people killed in the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The sanctuary would provide state-of-the-art care for homeless animals and include a community-education center, plus areas for communing with nature, according to the foundation raising money to build it.

At the Southport concert, sibling musicians scheduled to perform are:

Rachael Shapiro, 19, a pianist and student at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

Daniel Shapiro, 17, a French horn player and Staples High School senior who will attend Manhattan School of Music in the fall

Ellie Shapiro, 15, a violinist and Staples freshman

The concert makes the sixth annual benefit performance by the Shapiro family. Five previous concerts have raised more than $20,000 for various medical charities, the family said in a news release.

Tickets are $35 for adults; $20 for students 12 and older; $10 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the door, but the family recommends making reservations in advance.

For reservations, make checks payable to "Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary" and mail them to: Rachael Shapiro, 27 Park Lane, Westport, CT 06880. For more information about the concert, email: benefitcatherine@gmail.com.