Blue Mountains News
Concert to Calm the Senses
To be held on a weekday during school holidays to cater for aged care facilities, centres for people with a disability and families, it will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Erica Kennedy on violin, flautist Lisa Osmialowski and Bullaburra concert pianist Grace Kim.
Part of the Sensory Concerts series, it has been designed for people of all ages, especially families with sensory or special needs such as autism spectrum disorder, physical or intellectual disabilities who experience feelings of being overwhelmed by crowd, noise, light, smell and touch.
Performed to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere, there will be a range of seating options and a retreat space where audience members can self-regulate or seek support from the onsite occupational therapist and psychologist.
"We really don’t mind if people need to move around, lie on a crash mat or take time out from everyone else for a while," Ms Kim said.
"We select music especially so that everyone benefits from the power of the music without feeling overwhelmed or restricted."
As an internationally renowned professional concert pianist and music educator Ms Kim knows firsthand the benefits of music to health and wellbeing, and strives to make it accessible to everyone who needs it.
A mother of two young children, one with Asperger’s syndrome, Ms Kim said: "Young children are especially sensitive to their surroundings and tend to react in certain ways like moving or making noise, to cope.
"That’s why families with children tend to shy away from traditional concerts for fear of disrupting others.
"But we all know that music is one of the best things for the brain development, and these families miss out on the crucial time when their brain is developing."
Subsidised through a Blue Mountains City of the Arts grant, Sensory Concerts are offered at affordable prices to ensure they are accessible to all.
Monday, April 23
10.45am and 12pm
Lower Mountains Anglican Parish, 1 Wascoe St, Glenbrook.
- $25 adults, $65 families (2 adults, up to 3 children), $15 children under 16 years.
- Bookings are now available online
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