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The Wonder Of Oak Park's Charlie Carpenter

"Carpenter, 22, has Cat Eye syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder that gives him certain intellectual disabilities," Dave Pierini writes for

"Simple tasks like buttoning a shirt, removing a stem from a strawberry or making change for a dollar can at times seem like insurmountable challenges to Carpenter.

"While musical ability is closely associated to some developmental disabilities, nothing about Carpenter's disorder explains how he can play Bach's 'Trio Sonatas' with such ease, each hand working different keyboards while his feet shift along the floor pedals."

Now Carpenter is the subject of a new documentary that will premiere this month.


The trailer.


The premiere.

"We have a set premiere date! On July 10th at Grace Episcopal Church on Lake Street. The documentary begins at 6:26 in the afternoon. Right after the premiere of the film Charlie will preform a few pieces on his organ for his 626 Recital! You all should come out, Charlie and I have been working on this for a year now and we'd both appreciate it if you'd come out! Thanks!"


The Facebook page.


The music.

Trio Sonata #5 in C Major by Johann Sebastian Bach.


Passacaglia in C Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.


Finale from Symphony #1 for Organ, Op.14 #1, Louis Vierne.


Comments welcome.


Posted on July 3, 2014

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