A minute with MIHNUET

first_img 8Kevin Sikah ’15 takes a turn on the piano. 11Residents Richard Dorfman and Julie Sophos enjoy the performances. 14Tom Somi ’14 (from left), Jennifer Tu ’16, and Kevin Sikah ’15 enjoy a laugh. 10Jennifer Tu ’16 plays the piano as Kevin Sikah ’15 sings. Since 1995, Music in Hospitals and Nursing Homes Using Entertainment as Therapy (MIHNUET) has brought undergraduate musicians to 17 different sites in Cambridge and Boston to share the healing gift of music. The program has the potential to address social isolation, build understanding of culture and history, and create long-term friendships across generations.During the term, MIHNUET recruits students based on their availability for visits every Saturday and Sunday. Over the summer, the musicians strengthen their relationships with their audiences by returning to the same sites every week. The team of four resident performers, who commit to trips every day of the week, have gotten to know most of the elders and patients by name. From discussing the music, which ranges from Bach to the Beatles, to chatting about first-date experiences, they have learned to incorporate personal interaction into their performances.Combined with intergenerational friendships and legacy-building, the arts can improve the quality of life in long-term care facilities, where life is often a regimen of doctors’ appointments and a blur of medications. The team seeks to bring hope to the residents of long-term care facilities, as well as empower youth with arts, service, and advocacy learning. 7Tom Somi ’14 greets Symphony Plaza Apartments resident Dee Martino. 6Dee Martino attends a MIHNUET concert. 12Tom Somi ’14 looks on as Kevin Sikah ’15 addresses the audience. 3Marie Smith applauds after a performance.center_img 4Tom Somi ’14 (from left), Jennifer Tu ’16, and MIHNUET co-president Kevin Sikah ’15 offer a song. 1Music across the decades. Drawing on 92 years of experience, Anna LaFosse, a patient at Beth Israel’s Transitional Care Center, warmly advises student musicians Junne Kamihara ’97 and Mary Farbood ’97 to “be sure to stay friends for a long time.” Kamihara founded the music-therapy program. 2Symphony Plaza Apartments resident Marie Smith takes in the performance by Jennifer Tu ’16. 9Jennifer Tu ’16 thanks Dee Martino for attending the performance. 13Jennifer Tu ’16 tests an out-of-tune key while performing. 5“The performing arts have the power to lift the ordinary to the extraordinary, to make hearts beat faster and spirits fly,” said pianist Jennifer Tu ’16. 15Jennifer Tu ’16 rides her bike back to Harvard after the show.last_img read more

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Clarke claims Odemwingie could stay

first_img Odemwingie unleashed a bitter Twitter rant against the Baggies during January after they rejected his transfer request. The Nigeria international then turned up at Loftus Road on transfer deadline day without permission from West Brom, only for a possible move to QPR to fall through. But when asked if Odemwingie could have a future with West Brom beyond the summer, Clarke said: “Yes, why not. Things happen and then life moves on. That’s the world. It happens in life and in sport. There is a possibility, yes, and Peter is under contract for another year. It is not a conversation I’ve had with Peter. He is still trying to get back into the team.” Press Association Head coach Steve Clarke believes West Brom’s wantaway striker Peter Odemwingie could still be at the club next season.center_img When asked if Odemwingie’s desire to leave had been expressed in the heat of the moment, Clarke said: “That’s a question for Peter really. It is not one for me.” Clarke also admitted there “is a chance” Albion could turn left-back Goran Popov’s loan move from Dynamo Kiev into a permanent deal. Popov will return to the squad for Saturday’s home game against Swansea after serving a three-game ban for the red card he was shown after spitting at Tottenham defender Kyle Walker. Albion have an option to sign Popov if they desire. Clarke said: “There’s a chance (of a permanent deal). Goran has come in, has done well. He and Liam Ridgewell have had great competition for the left-back spot. “They drive each other on for better performances and that’s what I’m trying to achieve in every position if I can. “Popov is on loan, there is an option for us to buy him in the summer, we will address that at the end of the season.” last_img read more

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