WINGATE – The ReUnion Chorus is set to perform a free concert at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Wingate University’s Batte Center.
Council on Aging in Union County and Wingate University’s Department of Music has partnered to form a chorus comprised of families with memory loss, music students and volunteers who gather to delight in the beauty of singing.
“Music is so important to the millions living with Alzheimer’s and dementia due to the emotional and behavioral benefits.” said Amanda Thomas, family caregiver support specialist at Council on Aging. “Musical memories are left undamaged by the disease and The Reunion Chorus ignites memories in our participants with dementia.”
The ReUnion Chorus members have met weekly for two months to practice singing songs that the participants are familiar with and have sung their whole lives.
“This chorus is much more than just a group that gathers to sing,” said Andrew Friend, executive director of the Council on Aging. “The family caregivers have become friends that are able to support each other in their journey of caring for their loved ones.”
The project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Union County Community Arts Council.
Call 704-292-1797 for details.