Most seniors really know their stuff when it comes to music, but those attending the Sydney Seniors and Disability Expo would be forgiven for thinking they’ve stepped back in time.
On September 13 and 14, The Starr Sisters vocal trio will perform a variety of songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s. With an emphasis on the slick look and tight harmonies of The Andrews Sisters, they will sing songs like Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me), and also perform other vintage favourites like These Boots Were Made for Walking, Georgie Girl, Downtown, and I Say a Little Prayer.
Manager and The Starr Sisters group member Meera Webster has a preference for performing to older crowds stemming back to when she managed an aged care entertainment agency and performed for up to 60 different Sydney aged care facilities. “Any music therapist will tell you that there is nothing that excites the energy more than listening to a live performer.” While Meera’s focus is now on teaching and performing, seniors still give her the inspiration to perfect the trio’s harmonies.
“Seniors listen carefully and really know how to critique good music. Their ears are better educated for live music because they grew up going to lots of concerts.”
Performing at 10am, 12:00pm and 1:30pm on both Friday and Saturday of the two-day expo, The Starr Sisters will mingle with expo goers between sets.
“It’s always interesting to chat with people about their music memories. We almost always come across someone who saw one of the greats like Frank Sinatra in concert.”
Over the course of the expo, other live performances and presentations will also take place on centre stage. The free, two-day My Future, My Choice expo encourages people to challenge their limits. With the emphasis on ‘choice’, expo goers will have access to over 200 providers exhibiting cutting-edge equipment, assistive technology, mobility aids, medical, health and support services and long-term care options. Professionals will host workshops about a range of disability and senior-focussed topics such as travel, leisure, healthy living, accessibility, advocacy and special needs management advice. Key speakers will provide insights into the most important issues associated with My Aged Care, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS) and a range of disability and senior-focussed topics.
All ages entertainment, a children’s sensory zone, two fully catered cafés and plenty of seating will ensure a great day out and the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect on workshops, talks, products and services. Click here to view the full Expo Guide, including exhibitor list, floor plan, schedules, parking, accommodation options and more.
Entry is Free and doors open for the massive two-day event from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. The opening ceremony commences at 11am on Friday and features Rachael Leahcar and local delegates. Click here to register your group for free tickets.