In New York City, a doctor-musician arranges classical concerts for coronavirus patients

Posted on: May 6, 2020

“Dr. Rachel Easterwood, a professionally trained musician-turned-physician, has found a unique way to help her patients with Covid-19—live classical music concerts,” writes Benjamin Weiser in Sunday’s (5/3) New York Times. “At New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Manhattan, the music of Bach, Brahms and even the Beatles has begun wafting through patient rooms, played by accomplished performers—recently out-of-work chamber music players; winners of international competitions and prizes; teachers at prestigious music schools. They perform from California, Kentucky, Maine, Virginia, Massachusetts and New York, where they are sheltered in place. The music plays through an iPhone or iPad placed at the bedside of patients who indicated they wanted to hear a performance… Easterwood, 35, is a 2006 graduate of the Manhattan School of Music … said she always assumed music would be a part of her life—she keeps her clarinet—but there was little time to play as she began her medical career…. Dr. Easterwood said this week that she hoped to continue the performances for patients and the staff. ‘We go into this profession to help people,’ she said. ‘And this music had the ability to at least help a little bit.’ ”