STA Student to hold Benefit Recital for Durham’s Catholic Church

Young male pianist at piano
"2017 was a very difficult year for me," says Nering.


St. Thomas Aquinas High School junior, Lucas Nering, is in front of the piano keyboard once again and using his musical gifts for a charitable purpose. 

On Friday, May 4, Nering will be holding a benefit recital for St. Thomas More Catholic church in Durham. Having served as the church’s piano accompanist at weekend masses, Nering desires to give back to this parish community. “Fr. Andy and the parish of St. Thomas More is special to me and I want to hold a recital that will help them,” Nering says.

Already an accomplished composer, Nering will be performing two new sonatas at the upcoming recital. “My music is always autobiographical and these two pieces are no different,” he states. “2017 was a very difficult year for me. Each part of these compositions reflects a part of an emotional journey. In the past, when life has thrown me a curveball, I was able to stand strong. But then I went through a terrible time and I felt hopeless. The last section of my recent composition is called ‘The Epic’ and tells the tale of how my friends held me up during that difficult period of time.”

The concert will begin at 7pm. While there is no charge for admission, Nering is hoping that guests will give generously to the church.  He also hopes that his music will leave an impact on those who may need it most. “I don’t want to be remembered as a musician or a composer but as a storyteller- one whose story gives hope to others. I want to reach people who need hope.”

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