Intergenerational Concert Warms the Hearts of All

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On Dec. 4, the Carle Place School District hosted its annual Intergenerational Concert, along with Carle Place Senior Center members. Students from throughout the district joined their local senior friends to put on a memorable holiday spectacular.

“This concert has been a Carle Place tradition for nearly 20 years,” said Carle Place Superintendent of Schools David Flatley. “The Senior Center is so supportive of our children and schools. It’s a wonderful relationship that we are lucky to have.”

Cherry Lane Elementary School first-grade students, led by music teacher Audrey Crawford, performed the holiday classics “Jingle Bells” and “Holly Jolly Christmas.” Fifth- and sixth-grade students from the Rushmore Avenue Select Choir, accompanied by Joseph Geluso and directed by music teacher Henry Stanziale, followed with a medley of festive songs.

The Carle Place High School ensemble, led by Dr. Douglas Brett and with accompaniment by student Alex Huang, chose to perform lesser-known holiday songs to add variety to the show. Lastly, the members of the Carle Place Senior Center, who had been rehearsing with Dr. Brett prior to the event, performed a medley of holiday and Broadway show tunes. To conclude the afternoon, students, seniors and attendees participated in a group singalong that filled the auditorium with smiles, laughter and joy.

“This concert helps to bridge the generational gap,” said Carle Place Fine and Performing Arts Chairperson Joni Russo. “It’s a very special day for everyone.”