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Concert to calm the senses

Those with sensory issues preventing them from attending public events such as concerts are welcome to immerse themselves in a specially designed live music performance over the school holiday period in Glenbrook, Monday April 23rd.

As part of the Sensory Concerts Series, the performance will cater for audience members from aged care facilities, centres for people with a disability and their families. Featuring, internationally acclaimed musicians Erica Kennedy on violin, flautist Lisa Osmialowski and Bullaburra concert pianist Grace Kim.

The live performance is 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," Grace 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 says: "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.

Subsidised through a Blue Mountains City of the Arts grant, Sensory Concerts are offered at affordable prices to ensure they are accessible to all.

The next Sensory Concerts will be held at Lower Mountains Anglican Parish, 1 Wascoe St, Glenbrook, at 10.45am and 12pm on Monday, April 23. Tickets: $25 adults, $65 families (2 adults, up to 3 children), $15 children under 16 years. Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/TTID.

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