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October / November 2023

The NSO returns to the Clinical Center in full force

Spectacular Performance

The National Symphony Orchestra performing in the CC North Atrium
"We are deeply grateful to the NIH for welcoming us back to perform once again," – Jean Davidson, NSO Director

The National Symphony Orchestra returned to the NIH Clinical Center atrium on Sept. 13 with a spectacular performance.

Conductor Steven Reineke guided the full 60-person orchestra through a magical, hour-long performance, its first full orchestra appearance at the Clinical Center since the pandemic began.

The diverse repertoire included works by Coleridge-Taylor, Walker, Mozart, Dvorak, and Simon, a lineup featuring many Black composers. Musical highlights included performances by two exceptional soloists, obist Harrison Linsey and violinist Jing Qiao.

In opening remarks, NSO Director Jean Davidson expressed her gratitude to the NIH. "We are deeply grateful to the NIH for welcoming us back to perform once again," she said. "The NSO's Sound Health initiatives are driven by the belief that music can have a positive impact on the mind, body and spirit. In partnership with local medical communities and healthcare organizations, the NSO offers live performances intended to create space for reflection and healing. We are excited to continue our collaboration with NIH on these efforts."

The National Symphony Orchestra's return to the Clinical Center was a testament to the power of music and impact of the Sound Health partnership. Sophia Grasmeder, a nurse consultant in the Office of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality, shared kudos through a STARS submission, for the event from an anonymous provider who cares for patients in the Clinical Center. "The music … in the atrium was superb. … I can say with certainty that the music is a much-needed therapeutic break from the physical and emotional stresses we experience at work," the person shared. "It has immensely boosted my mental health and is a something I look forward to. I know it is a privilege to be a part of the audience, and I am very thankful we have this!"

Jing Qiao performing in the CC North Atrium
Jing Qiao, violinist
The National Symphony Orchestra performing in the CC North Atrium
NSO Orchestra playing inside the CC North Atrium

For more information, visit the Clinical Center's Music in the Atrium webpage.

- Janice Duran

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