Tuesday, October 6, 2009

LSO on Call: Health and Harmony in the City , Part 2

One week from now, on October 17, 2009, 57 musicians of the Longwood Symphony will travel across greater Boston to bring music to 20 health care facilities.

The 1000 patients are living with Alzheimer's, ALS, or dementia or healing from spinal cord injuries, burns, or brain injuries. We have tried to match our caregiver musicians with their areas of expertise, in order to give them and their colleagues even more insight and meaning to the experience. One pediatrician is taking her music into a NICU, an oncologist is offering music in a hospice.

At the performances, our audiences will not be regarded, as they so often are, as patients with disease states. Instead they will be audience members, music-lovers, and arts appreciators. Equally, the musicians of the Longwood Symphony will not be regarded, as they so often are, as doctors, therapists, and scientists. Instead, they will be regarded as musicians, performers, arts healers. When words, or medicine, fail, there is still music.

These are the facilities we will be visiting, with a highlight on some of the groups, seen here rehearsing at the Boston Latin School

This group will be visiting

Group 1: Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care at Height's Crossing

Brockton, MA

Albert Chow, violin

Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sherman Jia, violin
Student, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Howard Hughes Research Fellow, Broad

Jennifer Grucza, viola
Senior Software Engineer, Digital Advisor

Martha Davis, J.D., cello
Northeastern University School of Law
Stephanie Wingfield, J.D., cello

Wingfield Audio Inc.

Mark Gebhardt, M.D., Ph.D. , clarinet
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, HMS; Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, BIDMC, CHB, DFCI

Stephen Wright, M.D., bassoon
Chief of Medicine, Faulkner, BWH, TUSM, HMS

Vanessa Gardner, french horn
Concerts Manager, MIT

I am looking forward to seeing the reaction of the audience participants to the performance, which for them, I suspect, will be just as much visual as auditory. Watching players as they prepare to make an entrance, and the sound that comes out from each instrument, might be the more accessible part of the event for certain patients. -Steve Wright

This group will be visiting

Group 8: Sancta Maria Nursing Facility

Cambridge, MA 02138

Tobi-Ann Kocher, flute
Flute instructor, Wayland Public Schools

Jeffrey Berman, M.D., clarinet

Prof. of Medicine, BUSM, Pulmonary/Critical Care/Allergy, BMC, VA Medical Center

Janice D. Walker, R.N., M.B.A.

Division of Medicine, BIDMC

Amy Seibel, bassoon

I am very excited about performing next weekend at a skilled nursing facility! I will be playing a variety of works with long time friends and a new friend (flutist Tobi-Ann Kocher; my wife, Jan Walker, a researcher in the Section of General Internal Medicine at BIDMC on piano; along with new friend Amy Seibel, a bassoonist). Preparing for this performance has allowed me to play great music (much of it I have never played before), while allowing us the opportunity to share our music with others who might not otherwise have the opportunity to go to a concert. As a physician I interact with sick people every day, but sharing the healing properties of music allows me to communicate and heal using techniques quite different from the ones I use in my "day job". Dr. Jeffrey Berman

This group will be visiting

Parmenter Hospice

Wayland, MA


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Boston, MA

Mabel Chan, violin

Data Manager, Neurology Research, Massachusetts General Hospital

Jennifer Chang, violin
8th year, M.D.-Ph.D. program, HMS

Angela Moss, M.D. viola

Surgical Fellow, MGH, HMS

Gregory Crist, cello

Computer Graphics

Complete list of healthcare facilities hosting LSO on Call performances

Barbara McInnis House

Boston Medical Center

Elizabeth Seton Residence

Golden Living Center-Chetwynde

Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care at Height's Crossing

Hearthstone Alzheimer's at New Horizons

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Norumbega Point

Parmenter Hospice

Sarah Care Adult Day Health Services

Sancta Maria Nursing Facility

Sherrill House

Shriner’s Hospital for Children

South Cove Manor

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

The Stone Institute

Waban Health and Rehab Center &

Wingate Brighton

Women’s Lunch Place