Since 1887, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been performing to the delight of audiences at the Detroit Opera House, Orchestra Hall and venues (including Carnegie Hall!). And this year, residents at American House Senior Living Communities had the opportunity to experience an amazing performance of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at home!
Approximately 75-100 residents attended recent Detroit Symphony Orchestra performances at the American House West Bloomfield and Southfield locations, enjoying the musical talents of string bassist Stephen Edwards in a private setting. Along with a pianist, Stephen Edwards performed a half-hour rendition of classical pieces while residents listened intently.
“It was very well-received by our residents,” said Fran Marable, American House Regional Director. “Many residents were former music teachers and one woman used to play in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra many years ago.”
Fran said bringing the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to American House was another way to bring value and community to residents’ homes and to continually enrich their lives.
“Music’s got the power to heal, it’s got the power to create memories, it’s got the power for enjoyment,” Fran said. “All of those things are important and it’s important for us to do things in which those various elements will be enjoyed by our residents.”
Kareem George, the managing director of community programs at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, agreed.
“We think it’s so important to give the largest cross-section of our community the opportunity to experience chamber music and the DSO in a very intimate setting,” Kareem said. “For seniors, sometimes it’s not possible for them to make it to a concert.”
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra launched its Neighborhood Residency Initiative in the fall of 2011, bringing chamber music concerts into the community at non-traditional venues.
Kareem said American House has been a great partner in the initiative, allowing the Detroit Symphony Orchestra the opportunity to perform some great concert work.
But really, the relationship has been a win-win for everyone — especially the residents.
American House residents enjoy so many varied activities and outings (including a trip to a concert at the Dearborn Ford and Community Arts Center!) that there’s never a dull moment. Wondering what other fun things are going on? Give us a call — or check us out on Facebook and Twitter — and we’ll fill you in!