When he was seven years old, Delbarton pianist Nicolas Gritz '21 has been playing in concerts with my two brothers, including violinist Ethan Gritz '15, for elder care centers. As his brothers moved on to college, he continued that tradition and became even more invested in the cause when his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease five years ago.
Of course, the global pandemic hit nursing homes and assisted living facilities particuarly hard, and family members and guests were no longer permitted to visit to limit contagion. Isolation became as issue for many residents, and music would certainly help as a diversion during these challenging times.
Nicolas was determined to find a way to continue to share his music. "Under the circumstances of the coronavirus, I could no longer perform in person, but still wanted to bring musical joy to the elderly." Partnering with several local assisted living faciliies, he began sending weekly videos of musical performances to share with residents. To expand the musical content, he reached out to other young area musicians and enlisted their help to create more video performances. Nicolas hopes that the residents enjoy the variety of musical instruments, pieces and performance styles.
Nicolas intends to keep creating videos and sharing his music and that of others during this no-contact period for elderly residents. He says, "After the pandemic is over, I am looking forward to continuing in person performances when the virus ends with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Foundation."
Delbarton commends Nicolas for finding a creative way to keep sharing his excellent music with elderly community members!