In fulfilling the commitment to promote good health, mental stimulation and social engagement for its residents during the pandemic, Legacy Village of Cleveland has teamed up with Lee University to enroll 250 seniors in a virtual arts learning program hosted by Artist-in-Residence Maestro Bob Bernhardt.
In weekly webinars streamed every Friday in October, Maestro Bernhardt, artist-in-residence at Lee University and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, explores and discusses pieces of music from the middle ages to modern day and dives into how they can ignite emotions in listeners.
Titled “Pandemic Playlist,” these virtual classes feature Maestro Bernhardt talking about and playing excerpts from classical and film music that has helped him navigate these uncharted waters. Each online session features music of reflection, gratitude, joy and triumph, music of all kinds that both soothes and enriches the spirit.
“With this joint effort between Lee University and Legacy Senior Living, Encore has been a homerun because it offers fun, creativity and a true treat for the senses in the form of Maestro Bernhardt’s music discussions," said Tim Cook, executive director at Legacy Village of Cleveland. "Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Legacy Village of Cleveland residents were able to enjoy outings and field trips. Now we have had to be mindful of the necessary precautions, while also providing engaging activities for our residents."
Of the approximately 500 students enrolled in the Encore program this semester, 250 are residents of Legacy Senior Living’s family of communities across five Southeastern states. Legacy Village of Cleveland has covered the $25 enrollment fee for each resident who wished to enroll.
“Lee University has done an outstanding job of adapting to virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re beyond grateful for the opportunity to provide our residents with this enriching experience in the arts,” said Mr. Cook.
Each student, including Legacy Village of Cleveland enrollees, will have the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony in November to celebrate the knowledge gained throughout the course.