WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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ment has eternal life, projecting itself forever out into the universe. So it is with music. And so it is, even in homeless shelters. A cold winter's night And so on a very cold and windy winter's night in the South End of Boston, I found volunteer coordinator Elizabeth Condron in the women's common room of the Pine Street Inn. With a laugh, she shared her initial reaction to Julie Levin's request to come and play, just as she had for Sasha Pfeiffer. "Who is this lady?" she asked. "This is not Symphony Hall!" That evening I was privileged to observe a musical interlude as mys- terious as it was beautiful. "These are forms of expressive therapy," says Allen Spivack, a clinical social worker recently retired as head of a resi- dential substance abuse program in Roxbury, where he invited Shelter Music Boston to play on numerous occasions after reading about them in the The Boston Globe. "Emotional instability is at the root of many of our clients' personal experience," he says. "Finding non-threatening, supportive therapies accessible to the individual in subtle but significant ways brings special value to the shelter environment. In inviting our residents to enter into the ethos of the music it helps release psychic blocks that allow them to be in better touch with their own feelings." Shelter Music strikes a sympathetic note Not surprisingly, Julie Levin's vision is being realized with help from caring groups and individuals in Wellesley and Weston. One morning I find myself in a small recital hall at the Rivers School, where staff members Iryna Priester and Jeanette Szretter are introducing an intrepid group of students to Levin and her program. 145 s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e left: Thanksgiving dinner at Pine Street Inn, New England's largest homeless shelter; right: In the cold of night, the Inn provides refuge R I C K F R I E D M A N ( L E F T ) ; R I C H A R D H O W A R D ( R I G H T ) 142-147_WWMb14_good works_music_v2_WellesleyWeston Magzine 4/25/14 10:57 AM Page 145

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