Photo of a resident playing keyboard and a second resident singing

Visitors to Friedman Place are greeted by the sounds of birds chirping along to the Classic Rock coming from the lobby’s radio.  Take an elevator up to the 2nd Floor on a Thursday afternoon to hear volunteer, Marc Berman, leading songs on his guitar, accompanied by resident pianist Gary.  Music is everywhere here.  Residents love outings to Ravinia every summer, and when it’s too cold for music outdoors, trips are planned to Old Town School of Folk Music, or one of Chicago’s numerous events or music venues.  Music is a very important part of life at Friedman Place. 

Harp, guitar, flute, accordion, and piano can all be heard in our hallways, our house band Blind Concept can be seen on YouTube, and another resident – Christy – regularly visits local nursing homes with her portable keyboard, to sing and play for their residents. The regular social hours in any one of our activity rooms can quickly erupt into a debate over the merits of the Beatles. 

Most of us have special feelings or memories about a certain song, this is especially true for our residents.  Many residents have very strong connections to music whether they play an instrument or simply enjoy listening.  The arrival of Spring has our Activities Department busy planning the summer’s musical adventures, which include in-house performances as well.  Volunteers are always needed as escorts for off-site performances and if you have a musical talent to share with our residents, we would love to hear from you.  Contact Beth Elman at ext. 1111 for more information about music activities.

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