A local teen finds passion in classical musicSubmitted: 09/16/2014
EAGLE RIVER - A local teen and two retirees will perform in a free classical variety concert Wednesday at 7pm at the Northland Pines High School Auditorium.

You do not need to know about classical music to enjoy the concert.

15-year-old Eddie Stevens loves music. He can play more than 15 instruments.

"If you gave me an instrument that I didn't know, I could probably figure it out in about 30 minutes," said Northland Pines Sophomore Eddie Stevens.

You can hear him play the alto sax, trumpet, oboe, and piano on Wednesday night. He plays alongside his former teacher Lorine Walters and her friend Dave Cowley.

"I had Mrs. Walters play the piano part for me while I was playing the instrument part. Dave came over and he heard what we had been playing. My grandpa wrote a cello part for him off the piano part so he could have a part to play in it," said Eddie.

The trio plays a variety of classical pieces that are shortened to appeal to all audiences. The trio will play pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Handel, and more including Eddie Stevens himself.

"Anything that we're playing, it is just shortened arrangements just to get the main idea of each song. It makes people feel certain ways and they like the feeling they get from that," said Eddie.

Eddie started playing music almost before he could walk. His grandfather taught him to play piano when he was two.

"My grandpa plays piano. And, I thought that was pretty neat and I wanted to learn that. So he taught me and a few other instruments and that's all I needed," said Eddie. "I think that it's kind of a different language. Some people communicate by writing or talking or reading like that. But, I think you can communicate by music."

His grandfather arranges most of his pieces. But, the tenth grader at Northland Pines High School also writes arrangements and original pieces.

"It really makes you think. It's probably like an author sits down and thinks about the words he is going to use and figures out what he is going to write about, that's pretty much what writing music is, but it's not words, it's notes," said Eddie.

The music Eddie plays holds power and emotion.

"I like music because it's fun. And, I think people enjoy listening to it just about as much as I enjoy playing it," said Eddie.

Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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