Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 26, 2014

Music students Spring Into Song

Music students perform Recital for Healing

The young music students of Andover piano and flute teacher Susan Cancro Brown returned to Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover this month to treat the residents to their biannual recital.

The Spring Into Song: A Recital for Healing concert featured 23 performers ranging in age from 5 to 13, including many from Andover. They presented a mix of classical pieces, including works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, together with their own compositions, which Brown says the students take personal satisfaction in creating.

For the past couple years, the students have been performing twice a year at Edgewood, where the residents have gotten to know the youngsters as they have progressed musically.

Brown said in an email that both the residents and students look forward to the concerts. She noted one resident said she purposely dresses up for the recitals because she remembered how nicely the students were dressed during a previous visit. Another resident was amazed at the level of maturity of the playing, she said.

The music teacher said this month’s concert served as a healing opportunity for her students, many of whom have dealt with stresses, personal difficulties and sports injuries in the past year, as well as for the residents of Edgewood.

“I realized that music heals not only the performer, but the listener as well,” wrote Brown, who has been teaching piano and flute privately for over 25 years.

She added, the concerts are “truly a time of sharing.”

A light reception for the residents, students, families and friends followed the 11/2-hour concert.

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