Happy New Year!
On January 3rd 2019, our Music Connect series opened up the first 2019 community concert at Summerhill PARC, a lovely retirement home in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
The day with pouring rain did not diminish our performers' love for music. A large LED screen presenting a well-designed poster introducing the Vancouver Young Artist Society right outside the multi-function hall was extraordinarily eye-catching. One resident after another came into the concert hall, and soon filled all seats. Ms. Allie Lacasse, the active living manager from Summerhill PARC opened up the concert by welcoming our young musicians and introducing the Music Connect Project: 100 concerts connecting communities.
The group started with introducing the performers and their instruments including the flute, the saxophone, the harp, and a Chinese traditional instrument - Gu Zheng. The program started with a well known jazzy tone - the Entertainer, performed in a version of flute and saxophone duet. Followed by a harp concerto written by George Frideric Handel, and a group of well balanced repertoires including Edelweiss, the First Noel, Hungarian Dance no. 5, and a few Chinese folk songs. The concert was concluded with a traditional Scottish tune of Auld Lang Syne marking the passage from the old year to the new.
After the concert ended, many residents came forward thanking our young musicians for their wonderful performance. The performers were touched by the kindness from the audience, and enjoyed spending time with the residents throughout the concert. When the group reflected after the concert, they were motivated with continuing bring music to the life of our communities, and felt the importance and responsibility of bring better music to the world.