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April 16, 2014

Creative Expressions presents ‘A Journey Through American Music’

MILLEDGEVILLE — Creative Expressions, an initiative of the Life Enrichment Center and the Georgia College Music Therapy Department, will host “A Journey Through American Music” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts.

The Life Enrichment Center of Baldwin County is a non-profit focused on improving the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities.

The concert will feature popular songs from various musical genres performed by adults from the Life Enrichment Center along with music therapy students.

Performances will include different types of musical groups, including a hand bell choir, vocal choir, a drumming group, and a full-fledged rock band.

“The entire performance will feature a wide range of American music genres from rock ‘n’ roll to Pop,” said Sean Richardson, music therapy coordinator.

The group has been having fun practicing selections from a range that includes Aretha Franklin and Katy Perry, he said.

“It’s going to have a little bit of everything in it, covering a century’s worth of American music.”

The concert will feature New Orleans jazz and blues, Nashville country and gospel, Detroit R&B and soul, New York City rock and rap and Los Angeles pop and techno.

Richardson, who has been a part of Creative Expressions in one form or another for years, said he looks forward to heading up this year’s spring concert. As a college student, he interned with Creative Expressions. After his internship he was hired as a coordinator.

“I’ve always looked forward to being a part of the Creative Expression concerts,” he said. “It’s been an eye opening experience for me ever since I first started.”

The Creative Expression initiative is beneficial for both the Life Enrichment adults as well as the music therapy students who participate in the program, he said.

“Some of our adults have a hard time vocalizing or they can’t speak at all. Music is a universal language, giving them a chance to communicate with each other through the language of music and share in the same experience.”

He added that the experience also gives music therapy students who are interested in pursuing work dealing with adults with developmental disabilities firsthand knowledge that will help them refine their skills.

“Our artists and music therapy students have worked very hard to make this concert an event that you won’t forget,” said Richardson.

Creative Expressions holds two concerts a year and is nearing its decade anniversary.

“I know the first concert was around 2006 or 2007, and for each one we try to pick a different theme so it’s always a new experience for everyone involved,” Richardson said.

CD recordings of live rehearsals will be available for sale at the concert.

“We’ll have order forms available if you’d like a copy of the CD. Just mail them to the Life Enrichment Center and we’ll get them out to you.”

The price for the CDs is $7, and Richardson has edited recordings for quality sound.

For more information about the concert call Richardson at 478-445-2270 or email sean@creativeexpressionsstudio.org.

 

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