National Symphony musicians send “music packages” to area hospitals

Posted on: August 12, 2020

“The coronavirus has halted all large gatherings, including National Symphony Orchestra performances. Those musicians are now doing their part to lift the spirits of area healthcare workers,” writes Marcella Robertson on Tuesday (8/11) at WUSA9 TV (Washington, D.C.). “Alex Jacobsen is entering his eighth year [as a double bassist] with the orchestra, a position he calls his ‘dream job.’ The group is unable to perform or even practice together, so they started recording their music and sending it to local hospitals. Virginia Hospital Center was on the receiving end of one of those music packages…. The performers said music has healing powers, which is exactly what healthcare workers need right now. And for the musicians, it’s something that feeds their soul too…. Each video is introduced by a different musician with a personalized message to the essential workers. ‘They were heartwarming. They were just genuine comments to the staff here that were incredibly uplifting,’ said Adrian Stanton, Vice President of Virginia Hospital Center…. ‘I just want to show all of our appreciation for the people that are putting themselves on the front lines every single day. There are no words that can adequately say how thankful we are,’ said Jacobsen.”