Get tickets now for Fly Me to the Moon benefit
If you want to make your entertainment dollar go further plan on attending the benefit concert for Fly Me to the Moon, a new nonprofit organization that delivers live music performances to seniors in assisted living, retirement communities and memory care facilities. Dean Mueller, Fly Me to the Moon's founder, hopes to raise funds and create awareness of the program which will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 19 at Alberta Abbey, a community arts center in northeast Portland.
The first set will feature Portland rock musician Aaron Meyer, followed by critically acclaimed 3 Leg Torso, an ensemble which combines modern chamber music with wildly unique instrumentation. The second set opens with the award-winning Julie Amici followed by the electric blues powerhouse Duffy Bishop Band.
Fly Me to the Moon was formed in partnership with Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) in 2018. Its mission is to bring professional, high quality, affordable live music events to retirement communities. Mueller says the program is encountering an increasing demand as the effects of live music on the senior population are better understood.
"The scientific evidence supports what we have always suspected: that music can stimulate feelings of joy and harmony in seniors," he says.
But Mueller says it is about more than science. In the many years he has performed for seniors, he has seen the positive impact music has on their emotions.
"As a musician, it touches my heart," he said. "When we play music they know from the era of their youth, it clearly stimulates their memory and takes them to a sweeter place."
Alberta Abbey is located at 126 NE Alberta St. in Portland.
— For The Review, Tidings