Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

January 24, 2013

Andover teacher, students offer 'Musical Gifts'

Young Andover musicians were a big part of a group that brought the spirit of the holiday season to Edgewood Retirement Community last month.

Students of Andover music teacher Susan Cancro Brown, who give an annual music recital in June for the residents of Edgewood in North Andover, this year returned for a Dec. 23 holiday recital called “Musical Gifts for the Holidays.”

Fifteen students, ranging in age from 4 to 14, played holiday favorites on the piano and flute to over 100 friends, family and residents.

“The residents so enjoyed our past recital that they specifically requested we return for the holidays,” said Brown, in a release.

Andover students who performed are Colin Bouley, Emma Brown, Katherine Carroll, Abigail Johnson, Alex Lee, Kate Lee, Amy Liu and Dora Liu.

“The students were so happy to return to Edgewood. Those who performed for the first time said it was a wonderful experience. And after the recital, the residents expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the performance,” according to Brown. “It was a very positive experience for all involved. Many parents expressed their thanks that the recital is presented in this manner rather than a more formal experience. This way the students still get to perform, but they also get to feel good about themselves for having given back.”

Following the performance there was a light reception where the young performers were able to meet with residents.

Brown has been teaching music privately for over 25 years.

She has a private music studio on Wild Rose Drive.

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