Jun 26, 2014
12:06 PMHealth & Science
Duncan Sheik, Connecticut Musician Raise Money for Make-A-Wish in Concert
When singer/songwriter Charlie Scopoletti of Stamford was 10, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease. While Scopoletti was in the hospital, a volunteer who was also a musician came and played for him once a week.
The role music played in his recovery stuck with Scopoletti as he grew older. “It was something I knew I had to do,” he says of using music to give back. “It stems from me going through the adversity I’ve gone through.”
On Friday, June 27, at 8 p.m., that giving will boost its profile even more when Scopoletti—a two-time cancer survivor who overcame thyroid cancer eight years ago—co-headlines a benefit concert at Port Chester’s legendary Capitol Theatre with Duncan Sheik of “Barely Breathing” fame.
The concert will benefit Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley and Make-A-Wish Connecticut, with a portion of ticket sales going toward the mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Scopoletti, who is making his second appearance at the Capitol Theatre and performing for the first time with Sheik—whose Broadway sensation“Spring Awakening” won him two Tony Awards and a Grammy—has helped to raise more than $100,000 for charities through his music.
His recent single, “This Wish”, is a tribute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a song of hope dedicated to Wish Kids around the world.
“I am clear, eight years clear,” Scopoletti says on the phone, explaining his connection with Make-A-Wish Connecticut, for which he wrote “This Wish,” and then performed it at the group’s annual gala for a 5-year-old girl.
“It was a special moment,” says Scopoletti, who has been a full time musician for 20 years, performing music described as “uplifting” and filled with thought-provoking lyrics.
“Most of my shows I try to give back as much as I can,” he says. “I’m here to inspire, help spread hope and make positive change, and that comes out through the music.”
Scopoletti has momentum going into the June 27 concert, having just released his new EP, “Today is the Day.”
“Can you believe it? It’s finally here,” he writes online. “I couldn’t be more excited and proud of these new songs. As you know, I’ve been working hard to finish these up and get them out to you and the world. One of my favorite things is being able to share with you this music that comes straight from my soul. It means so much to have people like you in my life that appreciate it and support what I am all about.”