Whether it’s a local retirement community or one of the most notable stages in the world, Tyler and Thomas Xing do it for the love of performing and giving back.
The Long Valley sister and brother performed together at the Weilly Recital at Carnegie Hall in December, the first time the siblings have graced the New York stage together.
They were invited to perform there as a result of their first place finish in 10th Russian Music Festival.
But it’s their weekly performances at the Heath Village Retirement Community that has helped their love of showcasing musical talents grow. It’s here – where they have never canceled a volunteer performance in three years – each takes an opportunity to play on the piano and delight the seniors in attendance.
As each show progresses, Thomas Xing, a sixth grader at Long Valley Middle School, will take over the keys and let little sister Tyler, a fourth grader at Flocktown-Kossmann School, don her ballet shoes and dance to the music.
Both stages – at Carnegie Hall and Heath Village – are equally special to the performers, they said, as performing for the seniors and making them happy brings joy to the youngsters.
After the Carnegie Hall performance, Tyler Xing said she couldn’t wait to show the seniors at Heath Village the photos from the New York City performance.
Both students are also involved in the Long Valley Performing Group, a non-profit organization that sponsors youth concerts at local schools and churches.
Thomas Xing is scheduled to perform again in February after his first place finish at Crescendo International Competition.
Information and photos provided by Lan Ma.