Music and autism: special relationships

Thursday, November 14, 2017 at the Residential Care Centre (FAM) of the Saint-Michel Hospital in Paris, about twenty young people and adults with autism were able to participate in a concert presented by Music’O Seniors.

By the emotional power it gives off, the musical language opens the door to reactions and exchanges for people with autism who are not spontaneously familiar with everyday language.

That’s why we support lyric recitals of the Music’O Seniors association that allow audiences in difficulty to access vocal music, a strong commitment of the Orange Foundation, which has a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of people with autism.

Marco surrounded by Marine, soprano and Juliet, pianist
Marco surrounded by Marine, soprano and Juliet, pianist

Each year, the association offers about 60 lyric recitals (piano/voice) in retirement homes, EPADS, and Alzheimer’s care centres.
Following a proposal from the Orange Foundation, Music’O Seniors is now expanding its “musical offering” to people with autism.

Marine Costa, soprano, Laurent Arcaro, baritone, and Juliette Sabbah, pianist, have adapted a program of known arias, “The Jewel Song” (Gounod’s Faust), “Love is a rebellious bird” (Bizet’s Carmen ), “Papageno, Papagena” (The Magic Flute by Mozart), ...

In addition to their talent as performers, these 3 young artists have immediately created links and a emotional connection with this audience that can be baffling and noisy, as they express their emotions aloud, swaying to the rhythm of the piano ...

Between 2 songs, the singers presented each vocal piece with simple words and a pictorial vocabulary. The concert ended with a beautiful moment of singing and dancing around the piano, bringing together our autistic music lovers and singers.

Marine Costa, soprano and Laurent Arcaro, baritone

Matthieu Lardjane, and FAM Director Simone VEIL shared this moment of musical connection with young autistic people and the Orange Foundation team . Enthusiastic, he hopes that this first concert will be the beginning of a series and encourages the Music’O Seniors association to present its musical productions at reception centres for people with autism.

In addition to our support for the Music’O Seniors concerts, we have also been supporting the Simone Veil FAM (Residential Care Centre) since it opened in 2017. To improve and facilitate the lives of residents in this new environment, the Orange Foundation has supported signage allowing better adaptation of the premises, gym equipment to facilitate physical activities and tablets as learning tools and as well as the AMAP* project within the FAM.

*association for the maintenance of local agriculture (AMAP)



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