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Love and Music Continue to Bloom
June 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
The Cantata Singers will present an event designed especially for people living with various dementias and their caregivers, along with the general community, “Love and Music Continue to Bloom.”
The Community Arts of Elmira, the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, ARTiculation, and the Chemung County Office for the Aging are collaborating in this unique event, which will be presented on Sunday, June 9, from 3 to 5 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, 339 Daniel Zenker Road, Horseheads.
The Cantata Singers will perform compositions related to love and memory, highlighted by the poignant “Alzheimer”s Stories” by Robert Cohen, with orchestra and soloists. This piece was commissioned by the Susquehanna Valley Choral group for performance in 2009 and is based on actual experiences of choir members. Also on the program are a choral version of “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copeland’s “The Promise of Living,” and “Grant Us Peace” by David Archer. Both Ravel and Copeland lived with dementia in the last years of their lives.
The Faithful Friends, a group of people living with dementia and their caregivers, will sing popular favorites. The audience is invited to sing along. The two choral groups will join for a finale.
In addition to music, the event will feature displays of related art works and poetry. The collaborating organizations will offer information to inform and assist the community.
“Music is such an important part of life, a language of emotion that resides so deep in our consciousness that even those among us living with dementia can remember and enjoy music that was loved in our younger years,” said Will Wickham, director of the Cantata Singers. “It is such an honor for all of us in the Cantata Singers to share our gift of music with those living with and around Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We hope as well to bring more awareness of dementia to the community as a whole.”
There will be table seating in addition to theatre-style seating, and those attending the event are welcome to wander.
All area residents are invited to the event. There is no admission charge; a free will offering will be appreciated.