Friendship Circle brings people together through music
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BAYSIDE- The High Notes Performance Group brings together people of all abilities. They use chimes and percussion to create charming melodies. High Notes is just one part of the Adult Friendship Circle which serves those living with physical, mental and cognitive special needs.
Musical director Lori Stahl explains, "High Notes is an amazing program. We started it in 2010 to give people a chance to be successful."
From an eight-year-old pianist to a devoted grandmother, members find understanding at the Shul Center in Bayside. TODAY'S TMJ4's Carole Meekins said that watching Notes can make you feel the pride, see the intensity and witness their joy.
Program director Roberta Stein explains, "Adults here have all different abilities. We have people here who don't have language, but through music they can express themselves."
Stahl agrees. "It's just very rewarding to know we are making people happy."
Rabbi Shmaya Shmotkin enjoys seeing family members and volunteers support the group. "It's rewarding to know they are impacting so many lives. Their blind acceptance of one another with all their challenges is something all of us can learn from."