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January 30th, 2010
Benefit concert highlights talented SMHS student

012910crofootAnthony Lux at the piano.

STAFF REPORT

The San Marcos High School (SMHS) Theater Department is presenting a fundraising concert, “An Evening with Anthony Crofoot and Friends,” at the SMHS Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $8 for preferential seating.

Musical prodigy Anthony Lux was born in San Antonio, moved to Wisconsin as a child and has recently returned Texas, where he attends San Marcos High School. He performs with the varsity choir and the salsa band.

His musical talent was discovered at his grandfather’s home, where he heard Beethoven’s Fur Elise and repeated a musical passage on the piano immediately after hearing it. By the time he was 12, he had written a concerto. By 14, he was performing professionally.

He won numerous awards at the Wisconsin state solo and ensemble competition when he was a student at Rhinelander High School. He has performed for a variety of audiences for many years, even though he received no formal training.

Lux has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. Michael Fitzgerald in his book, The Genesis of Artistic Creativity: Asperger’s Syndrome and the Arts, cites Mozart, Herman Melville, Andy Warhol, Van Gogh, and even the composer that Anthony first heard and replicated, Beethoven, as all demonstrating symptoms in the vast spectrum of Asberger’s. It is worth noting that one of the finest pianists of the 20th century, Glenn Gould, had Asperger’s symptoms.

Of course, not all autistic patients are as gifted as Lux. It’s as though Asperger’s often gives a few talents to make up for the trouble and suffering it inflicts.

Lux can sing and play by ear in a variety of musical styles. He is equally comfortable with Elton John and Frank Sinatra, as he is with Classical music. He enjoys performing all forms of music in addition to his own compositions. He is working on his first album.

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  1. Could someone clarify the date for this concert? Was it last night or next Saturday, Feb 6? Thanks

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