Performing arts students add Christmas Cheer to nursing home seniors - Brooklyn Paper

Performing arts students add Christmas Cheer to nursing home seniors

Ho, Ho, Ho: Nikoa Gaudin, accompanied by Mother Hefen on keyboard, rocks the Caton Park Nursing Home during a Christmas holiday concert.

Prospect Park South

Residents of the Caton Park Nursing Home were treated to a Carnegie Hall concert without ever leaving the borough.

Students from the Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy in Prospect Park South braved the rain and toted over keyboards, speakers, drums, and mics to perform an award-winning holiday concert.

Assistant director Marilyn Antoine welcomed all the performers, especially her son Jayden, who after only three months of lessons is able to tickle the ivories and play “Jingle Bells.”

“He played with both hands” boasted the proud mom, who spread the admiration around. “For kids so young, it was unbelievable. It was even better than Carnegie Hall.”

Seasonal songs and pop favorites included “Every Breath You Take,” performed by Randy Valcourt, Frederic Renaud, and the Mesasdieu twins, Samien and Sebastien, along with dad, Samuel. And the Wee Rock Band crooned “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” featuring solos by Marquise Sutton and Akayla Worme.

The medley had seniors toe-tapping along, shared Sutton.

“The kids played pieces that made the seniors get from their seats and sing along,” she said.

Singing students also delivered loads of cheer by handing out beautifully packaged gifts provided by HSBC Bank’s Flatbush branch.

Caton Park Nursing Home [1312 Caton Ave. at Rugby Road in Prospect Park South, (718) 693–7000].

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