A few months ago I was fortunate to join the roster of artists for the Health Arts Society of Ontario (HASO). The group ‘has been established to provide audiences isolated from our arts community the experience of enjoying professional performances in their own health care settings. ‘
Along with clarinetist Anthony Thompson, we perform duets around the GTA in homes with residents that are either no longer mobile or isolated for other reasons. These performances mean a lot to the residents, and are also quite meaningful to us as performers.
Of course, it’s always nice to perform in Halls in the big city, but there is something special about performing for a truly appreciative audience. It really is a great feeling to see their faces light up. The way we treat our elders in this country is something I’ve never really thought of, especially when we consider how revered elders are in other countries.
I am just thankful to be given the opportunity to bring a bit of music into their lives.