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Musical masterpieces enjoyed at holiday concert

 

Last updated 11/29/2007 at Noon



On the evening of November 17, a packed house of Fallbrook residents experienced a special treat at the Second Annual Fall Holiday Concert at the Fallbrook Adult Day Care Center.

Concert organist Jackson Borges and professional violinist Cindy Carrasquillo provided guests with a wide range of musical works from classical to American tunes.

While many reveled in the melodic masterpieces of Mozart and Claude Debussy, others enjoyed the foot-stomping and knee-slapping beat of Clebanoff’s “Millionaire’s Hoedown.” The musical arrangements selected for the event provided something for everyone.

The music was uplifting, inspirational and thoroughly enjoyable. “It was a magical evening; I was so pleased,” said Teddie Borges, center administrator and mother of concert organist Jackson Borges.

In a short amount of time, the center’s holiday concert has gained great popularity. Last year, 65 people were in attendance; this year the number swelled to one hundred.

The atmosphere of the venue was decidedly intimate. Lovely flower arrangements donated by Bonsall Village Florists and Gifts decorated the main room.

At the keyboard, Borges greeted familiar faces and exchanged heartfelt words.

“It’s a great pleasure to be here and to support the Fallbrook Adult Day Care Center,” Borges said. “It’s been a treat for me to see the transformation of this wonderful place.”

Following the concert, David Howard, a member of the Fallbrook Day Care Center, took the lead by playing a lovely song on his harmonica. Borges accompanied Howard’s tune with an impromptu piano arrangement. When finished, Howard paid compliment to Borges: “You play very excellent!”

Following their mini jam session, Christmas sheet music was distributed to all in the room and the crowd sang along with Borges to “Joy to the World,” “The First Noel” and others.

Prior to the concert, plentiful food and beverages were offered to attendees. Savory treats included teriyaki chicken, meatball appetizers and brioche. Emerald Gardens donated their popular egg rolls and those with a never-ending sweet tooth were satisfied with an array of cookies, brownies and other treats.

As with any fundraiser, the success comes from generous members of the community.

“Your generous donation of buying a ticket goes right back into this program,” said Teddie Borges. “This concert is the one and only <annual> fundraiser our center does.”

Several local businesses donated services and items for a raffle held that evening.

The Fallbrook Adult Day Care Center, also referred to as “The Club,” is a recreational program intended for the elderly who, for physical and energy level reasons, are unable to be part of a senior center.

 

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