Oct 14Jazzin’ It Up — Musical Moments at Colony Park
The power of music was well known even before science confirmed what we already knew: music heals us. And at a time when more and more people are suffering from the effects of long-term stress, music’s healing abilities are needed more than ever. Over the last few months, it has been inspiring to see how music can bring residents and staff together; as well as to observe the healing power of music that unites communities in times of uncertainty.
Jazz for All
During the coronavirus pandemic the DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) musicians, board of directors and staff have been united in the desire to seek opportunities to not only keep the orchestra alive but to strengthen its legacy. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra is a 501c3 not-for-profit, volunteer community orchestra of very high caliber. Along with beautifully crafted symphony season performances, the orchestra also undertakes a variety of community outreach and educational programs, plus offering chamber music, summer concerts, and more. A small group of DSO musicians volunteered to provide a jazzy musical performance at a few of the properties within Mercy Housing Lakefront’s suburban area to uplift spirits and bring smiles to the faces of residents living at Colony Park in Carol Stream, Illinois. DSO musicians, residents, and staff practiced safe physical distancing and wore face coverings.
Bright Skies and Cool Jazz
The skies were sunny and bright with cooler afternoon temperatures in the Chicagoland area. But participants quickly warmed up to the sizzling sounds of ZAZZ — a trio of DuPage Symphony Orchestra members. Their highly spirited performance included a collection of jazz classics: One Note Samba, Autumn Leaves, A Foggy Day, In a Mellow Tone, Bye Bye Blackbird, How High the Moon, and There will Never Be Another You.
Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to all the musicians for sharing their time and talent:
- Deb Zelman — vocalist and alto sax
- Julian Web — electric upright bass
- Gail Sonkin — keyboard
Another small ensemble will be performing at Marian Park in Wheaton, Illinois next week and the resident excitement is mounting. BIG Shout-Out to Taylor, the Resident Services Manager II for locating and connecting this fabulous resource for residents to enjoy.
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