The Autism Resource Centre was treated to an intimate performance by the Regina Symphony Chamber Players Friday afternoon.
About a dozen performers set up and played a number of classical pieces, part of an ongoing initiative from the symphony to reach out to various community organizations and healthcare facilities.
Jennifer Case has autism. She described the show as amazing, calling the performers talented and their music beautiful. A musician herself — playing the piano and singing — Case said listening to the music gives her a peaceful feeling.
“It just reminds me [of] the strengths that I have as a musician and it just helps me to grow stronger in becoming a better musician,” she explained during a break in the show.
Brian Johnson plays the violin and led the group. He has a personal connection to this particular audience since his son suffers from autism.
“It’s nice to bring music out to people who normally don’t get to our concerts,” he said.
Resource centre Executive Director Keely Wight, said the symphony reached out to them. She said it’s a special treat for those who visit the centre and use what it offers. About 100 active clients access services with the organization, which helps young adults with autism. The centre helps them find work and gets them ready to live on their own.