Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 2, 2014

A feel-good recital for young musicians


The Andover Townsman

---- — More than 20 young musicians taught by longtime Andover music teacher Susan Cancro Brown treated the residents of Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover to a pre-holiday “Christmas Carols and Compositions” concert on Sunday, Dec. 22.

More than 120 people attended the piano and flute recital, one of two annual performances the students give at Edgewood. The program featured 23 students ranging in age from 5 to 16 performing classic holiday music as well as their original compositions.

Brown, who has been teaching piano and flute privately for more then 25 years, said in a release that she aims to share with her students the importance of giving back to the community.

“I purposely take the focus off of the students’ performance and shift it onto the act of kindness they are offering by performing for the residents,” Brown, who trained at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, said in a statement. “I teach them it doesn’t matter if they make a mistake. What matters is their willingness to come and share their love of music with others. And once they see how happy their performance makes the audience, they feel that sense of joy that comes from giving.”

A reception for the students and residents, plus family and friends, followed the hour-long performance. Brown thanked the residents and staff for their warm embrace of her students

“By now, we feel a part of the Edgewood community,” she said.