Lexington Students Bring Music To The Elderly
Lexington’s Pop music duo Anna Murata (Class of 2015, from Los Angeles) and Therese Chin-Lee (Class of 2015, from Trinidad) joined Loyola students on Saturday, September 21st for a morning of musical entertainment at a convalescent home in Rogers Park. The group of students, organized by Murata’s brother Stephen, performs regularly for Chicago’s elderly and sick. The performers call themselves Crescendo.
The eclectic musicians performed pop pieces, classical instrumentals, classic rock unplugged, madrigals and finished with a group sing. “Many of the people we sang for were not mentally alert, but when the live music began their faces lit up. We could tell they were really enjoying it,” Therese said. Anna played guitar and sang lead, while Therese sang back-up and harmonies. They sang pieces by Imagine Dragons, Shakira and Icona Pop.
“The nursing home seemed not to have had a lot of funding. The facility was run-down and there were a lot of broken items,” said Anna, “that’s why we went there--because the people really need it.” Crescendo performs every other Saturday morning. Stephen Murata hopes to find a variety of venues around the city where the group can sing and play, including Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.