Intergenerational Concert Warms the Hearts of All

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.”