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In the long-term care facilities, the chamber Orchestra of Paris is right at the heart of the elderly

A lady very old dates back to the aisle, leaning on his walker. The time graubunden. His steps dragged a slow measure on the floor. Around it, one sees empty benches, a large garden and the three buildings in the 1970's, which are home to the nursing home Alquier-Debrousse, in the Twentieth arrondissement. The largest managed by the Centre for social action of the City of Paris (CASVP).

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Thursday 4 June is a day devoted, in the whole long-term care Facility managed by the city, to the memory "of those who have left us in recent months," explains Anissa Bensouna, using the inevitable euphemisms. "For us, the majority of residents sick of the coronavirus has healed, says the director. But not all of them." She is happy to welcome for the occasion a concert of the chamber Orchestra of Paris, the usual partner of the CASVP. The music softens the death. At the same time, other members of the phalanx play in the XIIe arrondissement, and to Bondy.

"We feel valued"

The violinist Deborah Nemtanu, supersoliste of the orchestra, and the cellist Livia Stanese settled behind their desks. Wheelchairs are arranged in spikes. There are forty residents. An employee removing masks on the faces, before joining his colleagues. It is also up to them - 250 agents and caregivers, not to mention the volunteers - that this mini-concert is dedicated. "We wanted to thank them for their courage," insists Anissa Bensouna. Frederick, who is on duty in the morning, is delighted : "Yes, this moment offers us an recognition. We feel valued".

The musicians seem not to have heard this gentleman who believes whispering to her neighbor : "They play very well !" He is right. The cello Stanese, dark, sparkly, embracing the finesse of the violinist. It is a duet of Zoltán Kodaly. The gestures of the young women seem to be as light as ribbons to the side of the immobility of residents. Which a lot of eyes looking towards the ground. Two old ladies hold hands, like children. Smile-they are behind their masks ?

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