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Fall 2021

Music in the Atrium carries on

COVID-19 safe performances bring uplifting and healing music to the Clinical Center atrium

Even with only strings and percussion instruments allowed due to COVID-19 precautions, the hospital's "Music in the Atrium" program continues to bring uplifting, healing music to the Clinical Center atrium. Some performances this summer included:

The University of Maryland Jazz Combo performs regularly in the hospital's Atrium. The group of professors and alumni perform classic jazz, Brazilian classics and sometimes a little funk. The group includes Danny Villanueva on percussion, Joey Antico on drums, Gerry Kunkel on guitar, John Previti on bass and Jon Ozmet on piano.

The University of Maryland Jazz Combo performs in the Clinical Center
The University of Maryland Jazz Combo perform classic jazz, Brazilian classics and sometimes a little funk.

Kenneth and Noelle Naito are siblings who have been performing here for years and we have watched them grow into accomplished performers. Noelle is 19 years old and is attending Cleveland Institute of Music. Kenneth is 21 and a senior at the Juilliard School.

Kenneth and Noelle Naito perform in the Clinical Center
The siblings Kenneth and Noelle Naito are frequent performers. Noelle attends the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kenneth is a senior at the Juilliard School.

Robert Masi is a two-year post-baccalaureate Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in Dr. Steve Rosenberg's lab and has a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance. For his piano concert, he performed classical works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Ravel, filling the atrium with sentimental melodies to triumphant exclamations.

Robert Masi performs in the Clinical Center
Robert Masi, a two-year post-baccalaureate Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, performs at the Clinical Center.

The National Symphony Orchestra String Orchestra
Although the Clinical Center is not able to have the full orchestra here yet, the hospital was happy to welcome this 28-piece chamber group made up of strings. Their program ranged from Mozart to Amazing Grace and was conducted by Lina Gonzalez-Granados.

NIH is going into its ninth year of the National Symphony Orchestra Sound Health program; an initiative that seeks to explore the various ways music can reduce stress and promote tranquility and wellness for patients, staff and visitors.

The NSO String Orchestra performs in the Clinical Center
The National Symphony Orchestra 28-piece string chamber group performed as a part of the Sound Health program; an initiative that explores how music can reduce stress and promote tranquility and wellness for patients, staff and visitors.

The Clinical Center welcomes new performers. If you know of a talented musician who may like to volunteer to perform, please contact Debbie Accame at accameds@mail.nih.gov.

- Debbie Accame

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