Mangaluru, June 25, 2015: The international "Abreo Violin Family" of Mangalurean origin, headed by US resident Heart surgeon, Dr Gerald Abreo, and his 7 children aged 5 to 16 years, mesmerised a huge gathering of prominent local people along with the residents of the old age home with their accomplishments and generosity. The Musical evening was organized by Little Sisters of Poor, Bajjodi on June 24. The generous performance was dedicated to the aged, poor, sick, downtrodden humans resident at the Little Sisters of Poor, Bajjodi.
Dr Gerald Abreo, cardiac surgeon of Texas, USA, is originally from Kulshekar, Mangaluru; wife Nicole Lobo hails from Bejai, Mangaluru. The family has earlier too performed in Mangaluru and they get better all the time. They came back to Mangaluru this time with an added member in the family, and the listeners were transported to a heavenly experience.
The nine children of the family, Michael Joseph (16), Daniel Francis (15), Christine Marie (13), Maria Therese (11), Jane Elizabeth (9), Rachel Ann (7), John Paul (5) performed on the stage. Luke Walter (3) is learning fast, the youngest of the family, Joseph, is just one year old and will follow his siblings soon.
The Abreo family performed five songs - ’Happy farmer’, ’Donkey doodle’, short fiddle tune, fiddle medley and mash-up. Dr Gerald Abreo said that he had presented papers on cadiology, but now speak in general. He discovered that the main disease among the elderly is not heart disease but loneliness. Dr Gerald Abreo is a philantrophic doctor who helps many organizations and people with direct support. The family’s joy is sharing, giving and simple living. In Texas US, all the children study at home and their mother manages the home without regular domestic help. The children start with the violin aged around three years. Initial training is at home by the mother for one year before starting weekly lessons with expert teachers. All the children can play the piano.
famed Cascia tile factory’s F M Lobo who is an admired musician and close relative of the Abreo family compered the programme.