DeBlois, Kidonakis to perform benefit for Special Connections
Local celebrity Tony Kidonakis and musical savant Tony DeBlois and their pianos will be facing off later this month for a fundraiser benefiting Special Connections of Grundy County.
Tony DeBlois of Randolph, Mass., is a 38-year-old blind and autistic man who has Savant Syndrome, which is a “rare condition” in which someone who has an emotional disorder or subnormal intelligence has an extraordinary gift. Savants have been known for their math, music, art and mechanical abilities.
DeBlois' extraordinary gift is in music. He can play 23 instruments and can sing in 11 languages, he said, and he has 8,000 songs in his repertoire. His dueling piano performance with Kidonakis will be his first one.
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