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Valentine Concert & Luncheon Anne Hutchinson & Greenvale Orchestras

Eastchester students brought smiles to the faces of senior citizens on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with an afternoon filled with friendship, food and above all else … music.

Fifth-graders from the Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale orchestras performed at The Valentine’s Day Senior Nutrition Party held at Mulino’s at Lake Isle.

“The children make you feel so good,” said Suzy and Carmine Gagliardi, who have been married for 60 years. “The music is relaxing and it brings back memories.” The seniors enjoyed a hearty lunch served on Valentine’s Day placemats, that were made by students.

Orchestra Director Suzanne Greene brought the students and seniors together 26 years ago for the first Valentine’s Day Party and said she hasn’t changed a note. “The seniors see their rosy cheeks and their sparkling eyes and it is contagious,” said Greene. Musically, this venue provides a comforting way for students to perform solos.

“It is a great experience. We can meet all the senior citizens whom we don’t know and play songs, and they can sing,” said Kimberly Husbands. The concert featured classical pieces and more contemporary hits. Waverly Music Instructor Katherine Ness accompanied the orchestra on piano.

School Superintendent Dr. Walter Moran played a perfect Valentine song, I Love You for Sentimental Reasons. The seniors sang softly as they reminisced.

Everyone joined in the sing-along to Love Me Tender and Let Me Call You Sweetheart – a fitting finale for the day.

Before they returned to class, orchestra members presented the seniors with Valentine’s crafted by the Anne Hutchinson Student Council, spreading more joy.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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