Rhapsody Arts Center presented its fourth annual Sensory Friendly Concert Feb. 3.
The one-hour-concert was centered around accommodating for sensory needs, most specifically autism and other neurodiversities.
The concert, part of the annual Rhapsody Arts Center Faculty and Friends Recital Series, featured performances by both staff and faculty of Rhapsody and special guest dancers Abigail Henninger and Katina Johns from Magnum Opus, a Madison-based dance company. The two danced to a piano piece called “Sketches in Color” by Robert Starter, which performed by faculty member Amber Bruns.
According to a news release from Rhapsody, neurodiverse people tend to process sensory input like music differently, making traditional performances a challenge. Sensory Friendly Concerts modify the normal concert etiquette and standards so that everyone can enjoy the performances. The concerts, which are a registered trademark of The Musical Autist organization, are intended to celebrate neurodiversity and introduce communities to the concept of music therapy.