This past May, sisters and veteran Xenia artists Min-Jeong Koh (violin) and Bo Yon Koh (piano) performed for Xenia’s first concert in partnership with Sunshine Centres for Seniors, a partnership made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Hunt Family Foundation. The performance took place at St Andrew’s United Church in downtown Toronto, and was enthusiastically received by audience members who called the love-themed concert “soul moving” and “uplifting”. The artists had an equally good time playing for this audience – “We really enjoyed playing this concert and the audience responded to us so warmly! It was a lovely afternoon!” said Xenia co-founder and Professor of Violin Min-Jeong Koh.
Sunshine Centres for Seniors has been working with seniors at risk for isolation and low-income seniors since 1970. It strives to meet the needs of seniors with fewer family, supports, low incomes, and greater levels of disability, and today Sunshine Centres for Seniors serves over 2,300 seniors and persons with disabilities. Seniors from all walks of life are welcome, including seniors from newcomer communities, seniors with disabilities, and seniors from all ethnic communities, religions, cultures, racialized communities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. In 2002, Sunshine Centres for Seniors achieved the distinction of being one of five agencies from across Canada nominated by The Donner Canadian Foundation in conjunction with The Fraser Institute for an award recognizing “excellence in the delivery of services to seniors.”
Xenia will be presenting two more concerts for Sunshine Centres for Seniors over the summer months – July 19th, with the Mercer-MacLaine cello duo, and Aug 30th with the Laura Swankey Quartet. We’re looking forward to bringing this audience more wonderful music – keep checking our website for more updates!