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June 16th

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The Sound of Music at Buena Vida

BV Symphony The Buena Vida Adult Day Center in El Paso was alive with the sound of music this week, when the El Paso Symphony Orchestra stopped by for a visit. Well, not the wholeorchestra, but the Orchestra’s Golden Notes String Quartet. The quartet gave a wonderful 45-minute performance that included pieces by Bach and Mozart.

The El Paso Symphony’s Golden Notes Program is an outreach to elderly citizens who are not able to attend classical concerts. Small groups of orchestra members take live music to these sometimes forgotten citizens, presenting on-site concerts at area nursing homes, retirement villages, and adult day care centers like Buena Vida. The quartet that performed at Buena Vida happened to include Susan Hernandez, the local Thrivent Representative, member of Zion Lutheran Church, and supporter of Buena Vida.

Symphony musicians (l. to r.): Adria Dunn, Susan Hernandez, Anita Steadman, Rodrigo Maldonado

The response to the concert by Buena Vida’s day residents was nothing short of joyful, reports Steven Lujan, director of the Center. “It was so enchanting and brought a delightful ambiance and presence to Buena Vida – a very refreshing break from the summer heat.” Lujan said.

The El Paso Symphony is currently celebrating its 80th season. It is the oldest performing arts organization in El Paso and the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in the state of Texas. The El Paso Symphony is the pride of El Paso, having received both national and international recognition after two very successful tours of Germany and Turkey.

The Golden Notes program is funded by private and corporate donations and was created to enhance the quality of life in the El Paso community. The day residents at Buena Vida can vouch for that. The Golden Notes performance was music to their ears.

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