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T
hose of you who have visited the MCFC Music Hall might already know the name of Christopher Staknys (the official MCFC composer). Well, Ryan and I finally had the pleasure of meeting Christopher, along with his mom Audrey, in person! Within minutes of meeting them, we watched Christopher give a perfect performance of two very difficult pieces on the piano and then we got to hear a string orchestra perform a piece he had written. It was amazing!

 

So how is an 11-year-old able to compose so many great pieces of music and play them so well? Well, he might be young in age, but he has an impressive resume. Here is part of the brief overview he gave us of his life in music so far.

A "Photo" with Christopher & Audrey
This is a "photo" we asked someone to take of us when we met Christopher and his mom Audrey. Click on it to see what happened. (L-R: Audrey, Becky, Christopher, Ryan)

 

"I learned to play violin at age 4. Began to write music at age 6. Sang solo part in Lithuanian song at Boy Singers of Maine Holiday Concert age 8. Played flute in school band - (helped to appreciate flucorder!) – also played recorder. Wrote a symphony when I was 9. Won Laureate Prizes (2nd and 3rd place for solo performance and piano concerto) at International Piano Competition, "Music Without Limits" in Lithuania Aug 2007, 10 years old."

 

Christopher was a little reluctant to list all that he’s done because he didn’t want to sound self-centered or braggy (which he in no way is). But we don’t think it’s bragging, it’s being proud of your accomplishments.

 

Christopher doesn't just hide away at home and play music all the time though. He says his favorite activity after music is reading (his favorite author is Homer who wrote the Odyssey and the Iliad) and he plays sports (tennis, baseball and skiing are his favorite).

 

Christopher also loves animals. In fact his pets have even been inspiration for his music. He's dedicated a symphony to his cat Tiger, and he had a pet rat Bartleby that "wrote" his own music. (Christopher said Bartleby just ran up and down the keyboard, but it was very musical.) He now has a chinchilla named Nutmeg who helps inspire Christopher, and is a big Moo-Cow fan too! (Nutmeg is obviously very intelligent.)

Christopher also likes to help music lovers young and old. He plays for resident at a nursing home, and volunteers at the local YMCA preschool program.

 

It was really great that we could get together with Christopher and Audrey. As a special treat for other MCFC fans he let us videotape him playing some of the Moo-Cow songs he's written! (You can see video of two of his performances below.) We are planning on releasing a CD of Christopher’s music as well as book of piano sheet music, so keep your eyes out for both of those in the future!

 

Still from video of Christopher Staknys Playing MCFC Theme Adorable the Oracle theme by Christopher Staknys
Christopher playing the MCFC Theme song.
Christopher playing Adorable the Oracle Theme.

 

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