New York, NY (PRWEB) January 31, 2013
Frail seniors and their caregivers enjoyed a performance of string quartets by Mozart and Dvorak at DOROT as part of the agency’s “Afternoon Concerts with Friends” series on January 30th. The program featured violinist Kurt Nikkanen, concertmaster for the New York City Ballet Orchestra; Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills; Maureen Gallagher, principal violist for the New York City Ballet Orchestra; and cellist Marc Johnson, formerly of the Vermeer String Quartet.
These concerts bring exceptionally talented musicians to play for older adults in an accessible, welcoming, and intimate setting, providing early afternoon performances that allow frail elders who may not feel comfortable leaving their homes in the dark to attend and enjoy the music. The series, created in 2004 and sponsored by the Ullendorff Family in loving memory of Henry “Uli” Ullendorff, offers several concerts at DOROT each year.
An older adult in the audience exclaimed, “These concerts are wonderful. The music brings back fond memories and it is nice to share the experience with new friends.”
DOROT, a non-profit social service organization, alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. We serve the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals. Our work provides an effective model for others.