If you’re looking for an ample serving of inspiration this Sunday, March 30th, head over to the Richmond Recreation Complex, where local people with disabilities will showcase the extraordinary power of music at Maya’s Music Therapy Fund’s 25th annual “Spring Music Festival.”
From 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the joyful celebration will feature performers ranging from eight to 75 years old overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to perform heartfelt renditions with various musical instruments.
Echoing the performers’ diverse ages, the concert’s playlist will span the gamut from classics such as Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes” to current hits “Happy” from Despicable Me II and “Let It Go” from Frozen. One performer will do an original composition/improvisation, while others will sing and play instruments such as various drums, tambourines and the harmonica.
“The festival is an opportunity for the participants to be on stage, shine and be seen for their abilities rather than their disabilities. For them, and for their families and friends, it is a moment to be proud of their accomplishments and show off what they have been working on throughout the year during their individual and group music therapy sessions,” commented Maya’s Music Therapy Fund’s Music Therapist Titia Martin-Nagel, MT-BC.
Sunday’s music festival will be the culmination of hours of preparation by the performers, who face challenges such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, brain injury, hearing and vision impairment, fetal alcohol syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Rett syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Operating in Richmond at the Disabled People’s Recreation Center (DPRC) and CAP-Hilltop, as well as at other nearby locations, Martin-Nagel uses music to engage clients’ brains and bodies, helping them gain physical and social skills while building self-esteem and confidence via music therapy sessions.
“This festival, which showcases diversely aged performers triumphing over their personal challenges through music, offers an opportunity for Richmond residents to enjoy an incredibly rich experience. Anyone who wants to learn more about music therapy—or who is seeking inspiration—shouldn’t miss it,” remarked For Richmond Health Committee Chair Dr. Desmond Carson.
What: Maya’s Music Therapy Fund’s 25th annual Spring Music Festival.
When: Sunday, March 30th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Richmond Recreation Complex, 3230 Macdonald Ave., Richmond.
Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the door ($5.00 people w/disabilities; $10.00 adults; $5.00 children) and food will be on sale.
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