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Category Archives: Music Committee
By Elizabeth Gill
On Saturday afternoon a group of residents filled the Ivy Lounge for an up-close look into the artistic process. One of Collington’s new artists in residence from the University of Maryland School of Music, clarinetist Melissa Morales, was joined by flutist Ceylon Mitchell in an open rehearsal. They perform together in the Potomac Winds, a chamber music collective based in the Washington DC area.
Melissa and Ceylon were working on perfecting a series of pieces by Glenn Gould. Although Mr. Gould was known primarily as a pianist, he composed a series of works for flute and clarinet. While not yet ready for a professional performance, Melissa expressed a desire to engage with residents as soon as possible. She certainly met that goal, having been on campus for only one week!
Collington is now the Poster Child for Intergenerational programs!
Samantha Flores and Collington are the featured story (with photo of our auditorium) in The New York Times reporing on a newly issued report on inter generation initiatives for seniors. The story begins.
When Samantha Flores wasn’t taking classes at the University of Maryland for her master’s degree in cello performance this past academic year, she could often be found hanging out with a bunch of 80-somethings. Ms. Flores, 28, along with another music student, was participating in a new artists-in-residence program at Collington, a nonprofit retirement community in Mitchellville, Md.
As the article reported:
Marilyn Haskel, a 72-year-old resident of Collington involved in selecting the students, said the young people often invited fellow music students to practice on the grounds, resulting in pop-up concerts. With no family nearby, Ms. Haskel said, “it was delightful for me to sit down and have conversations about their careers and what they’re planning.”
When residents learned that Ms. Flores didn’t have a car, they often drove her to campus. Ms. Flores struck up close friendships with many of the residents, including one she met in September who had recently been given a brain cancer diagnosis.
“We bonded over Bach,” she said, engaging in lengthy conversations about him. When the man died in February, Ms. Flores played a piece he had requested at his funeral: Bach’s “Sarabande: Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C Minor.”
“I promised I wouldn’t cry, but you can’t help that,” she said. “It was a very emotional moment.”
The trigger for the article is a new report from Generations United and the Eisner Foundation survey of 180 intergenerational programs.
That report itself cites a Harris Poll that found:
[P]lenty of support for programs that bring diverse age groups together to fend off loneliness. Ninety-two percent of Americans believe intergenerational activities can help reduce loneliness across all ages.
A strong majority of Americans (94 percent) agree that older people have skills or talents that can help address a child’s/youth’s needs and 89 percent believe the same about children and youth addressing the needs of elders. More than four in ve Americans also say if they (85 percent) or a loved one (86 percent) needed care services, they would prefer a care setting with opportunities for intergenerational contact rather than one with a single age group. Americans were also clear that age segregation is harmful, finding that almost three quarters (74 percent) agree that “programs and facilities that separately serve different age groups prevent children/youth and older adults from benefitting from each other’s skills and talents.
Given all that is now happening in this field, way beyond music, we will need to keep innovatintg to stay in the lead — another major task for our strategic planning process. Indeed, onsite child care was an idea that came up frequently in the process.
P.S. One little thing I would like the photo committee to do is take on making a set of before and after photos of our residents, showing the huge impact grandchildren visits have on us.
P.P.S. The TV version is on WJLA, here.
Collington’s artists-in-residence, Samantha Flores and Matthew Rynes, students at the University of Maryland, were featured in an article in the university’s magazine, the Terp. Included is a picture of Sam and the Collington singers. Click here to see the full article.
Tuesday, October 10, residents were treated to duo delights performed by our University of Maryland student intern residents, cellist Samantha Flores and clarinetist Matt Rynes. They serenaded over 30 residents for about 30 minutes with 2 Beethoven duets. Everybody loved to hear them, and with good reason. Read at the bottom of this post for more information on what the two will be up to here in the next few months.
Matt has played the clarinet for about 15 years and is studying for a PhD in Clarinet Performance, and Samantha is a 2nd year Masters student in Cello Performance. They will be here until next summer but meantime have much planned for our residents.
We can look forward to more short performances in the Ivy Room by them as well as other University of Maryland music students. Later in October Samantha and Matt are planning a larger and longer performance in the Auditorium. This will include other musicians (students as well as faculty and professionals) and last about an hour. Keep your eyes open for flyers and news in the Courier. These longer performances will also become a more regular feature.
Both Samantha and Matt are also available for music lessons in clarinet, cello and beginner string instruments. A music reading class, lectures and workshops are also on the horizon. Clearly both these talented musicians have great affection for Collington and our residents and we reciprocate.
Our Sunday afternoon concerts are often highly attended, as was the case for the recent appearance of Richard Miller, Brazilian guitarist. Mr. Miller brought his seven-string guitar to Collington to the delight of a full auditorium of Collingtonians.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro of an American father and Brazilian mother, Mr. Miller is currently a faculty member of Columbia University and performs with frequency in DC and NY. His repertoire includes classical guitar and Afro/Latin/Jazz compositions as well as Brazilian ragtime, samba, boss nova music and Bach!
If you missed seeing him play here, go to his website http://richardmillerguitar.com for his performance schedule. See him in DC, you won’t be disappointed. He will also be fundraising for his first CD due later in 2017.
As always, many thanks to Carol Kempske who arranges for the appearance of our Sunday afternoon artists.
Article by Nancy Brown
Picture by Peter Pfund.