Princeton/Somerville (6/27/18) – Earlier this month, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) sent musicians to Enable, Inc. to entertain the men and women who attend two of its day programs. The first performance was held in Princeton on June 15TH and included flutist Kathleen Nester and bassoonist Mark Timmerman. The duo spent more than an hour entertaining the adults who attend the program. Several consumers expressed their appreciation including Denise and Mary, longtime participants in the program. Mary asked the musicians to play Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which she mentioned was her mother’s favorite song. Denise shared her knowledge of music by picking up on specific notes and compositions. “It was a real pleasure playing here today,” said Timmerman.
The second performance took place on June 18th in Somerville, where consumers were treated to a performance by Martin Andersen on the viola and Henry Kao on the violin. Once again, consumers swayed along with the music and avidly clapped at the end of each song.
“Community interaction is a very important part of our program,” says Lisa Coscia, CEO of Enable, Inc. “Our goal is to enhance the lives of the men, women and children we serve. Whether we are out in the community or the community comes to us, our mission is for our consumers to lead fulfilled, happy lives. We are so grateful to our friends at Bloomberg for arranging this opportunity.”
Each month, Bloomberg volunteers visit Enable’s Day program to work with consumers on various projects. This month, Divina Tucci, Global Philanthropy & Engagement Program Coordinator at Bloomberg, arranged for the musical entertainment and brought Bloomberg volunteers to assist with the party after the performances. Tucci states, “We are so grateful to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for partnering with Bloomberg in our commitment to increasing access to the arts for the communities in which we live and work. It was truly breathtaking to be able to witness the engagement of the consumers throughout the performance. Our volunteers enjoy our monthly visits to Enable because they see firsthand how happy our presence makes the consumers. It requires very little effort, but is such a rewarding experience!”
Watch videos of the performances here: