The Carle Place School District hosted its annual Intergenerational Concert on Dec. 7 in the Carle Place Middle/High School auditorium. The exciting holiday tradition has been part of the school district for more than 15 years and has allowed Carle Place students to showcase their talents, get into the holiday spirit and connect with local senior citizens through music.
This year’s event was coordinated by Michael Limone, Chairperson of the Music Department, K-12, John and Barbara Heslin of the Carle Place Senior Citizens Singing Group and Jessica Younker, Carle Place Middle/High School Chorus teacher. Leading up to the show, Younker not only prepared her high school chorus students, but also visited the Carle Place Senior Citizens Center to prepare songs for the show with the senior citizens and rehearse with them once a week.
During the much-anticipated concert, first graders from Cherry Lane School, sixth graders from Rushmore Avenue School and chorus members from Carle Place High School performed on the auditorium’s new risers. Many wore festive attire to mark the special occasion as they performed different winter and holiday hits. Towards the end of the high school’s performance, the Carle Place Senior Citizens Singing Group joined the chorus students for a performance of “My Favorite Things.” The seniors then did their own set with several classic songs such as “Let It Snow,” “A Marshmallow World” and “Silent Night.”
At the conclusion of the concert, everyone in the audience, including the Cherry Lane first graders, Rushmore Avenue sixth graders and the high school chorus members, were encouraged to sing a final song with the senior citizens group. It was the perfect way to spread holiday cheer and come together as a community.