Their instruments are tuned and the stage is set. Now, physicians and medical students are ready to perform holiday music for patients, staff and visitors. The musicians, known as the University of Maryland Medical Center Chamber Players, have provided Christmas and Hanukkah music at the medical center for about 25 years.
This year, students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who have formed their own group called Otitis Musica, will join the Chamber Players for a series of three one-hour concerts on December 17, 18 and 21 from noon to 1 in the lobby of the medical center’s Gudelsky Building.
Vocalists will enhance the musical performances, as they sing carols and other holiday songs. Musical director for the concerts is Candy Carson, an accomplished musician and wife of Dr. Benjamin Carson, a Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon.
Elijah Saunders, M.D., a cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who organized and coordinates the Chamber Players, says the group brings together a wide range of musicians, young and old. “Most are amateurs who don’t play at concert level. The key is they all enjoy music and have fun playing together,” says Dr. Saunders. He adds that hospital patients and staff members have indicated they appreciate the holiday performances.