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Second annual holiday concert performed for local seniors

 Young and adult musicians from the Chinese community performed two holiday concerts at the Andover Senior Center and Marland Place last month, marking the second year in a row the group performed for local seniors.

In all, more than 100 people attended the two concerts, held Dec. 8 and 16.

The CAAA (Chinese American Association of the Andovers) helped contact the senior centers to arrange for the performances. More than 50 performers played a variety of instruments, including the violin, piano, trombone, ukulele, erhu, cello, flute and saxophone. There were also instrument duets and trios, and small bands and vocal groups.

One performer, James Xiao, played “Ballade pour Adeline” by Paul de Senneville. One woman in the audience noted that the song put her into tears. There were many other moving performances, such as one by Jennie Wang, who played and sang a song she had written herself about her travel experiences in Europe.

One musical family also came to perform. Katherine Song and David Song played the cello and the piano, while their mother Ying Zhao and grandmother Xianhua Sun were part of the Chinese School of Andover’s Choral Group.

“It’s fun that our three generations were able to all perform together and bring joy to the community!” Xianhua said after the show,

At the end of both concerts, all the performers gathered to sing Christmas carols, accompanied by the piano and violins. They sang some classic songs, such as Joy to the World, Deck the Halls and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Many of the audience members sang along.


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