Recitals carry on borough man’s legacy

Emily Lungarini plays piano to a roomful of people in 2013 at the Howard Whittemore Memorial Library in Naugatuck. The annual recital is a tribute to Bob Veillette, an accomplished piano player who hasn't missed the event since a stroke left him paralyzed in 2006. –RA ARCHIVE

Emily Lungarini plays piano to a roomful of people in 2013 at the Howard Whittemore Memorial Library in Naugatuck. The annual recital is a tribute to Bob Veillette, an accomplished piano player who hasn’t missed the event since a stroke left him paralyzed in 2006. –RA ARCHIVE

NAUGATUCK — The 12th year of the Bob Veillette Summer Piano Recitals are set for Sept. 8 at the Whittemore Library.

The recitals were started by Veillette, a Naugatuck man and pianist, in 2004. Veillette suffered a brain stem stroke in 2006 that left him paralyzed from the nose down. His friends continued the recitals to maintain his vison of providing children an opportunity to perform in front of live audiences to develop confidence.

Recitals will be held at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Openings are still available for students of all instruments and voice students. Accompanists are available upon request.

For more information or to sign up, contact Helen Boxer at 203-232-5735 or helenboxer@gmail.com.