Music to soothe the soul

Pictured here is tuba player Joe DeMarsh and bassoonist Nora Shankin, who played a 20-minute session on the lawn of McLaren’s outside courtyard as medical staff took a break at lunchtime. A violin duo and a clarinet duo followed later in the afternoon. Photo by Ben Gagnon

Pictured here is tuba player Joe DeMarsh and bassoonist Nora Shankin, who played a 20-minute session on the lawn of McLaren’s outside courtyard as medical staff took a break at lunchtime. A violin duo and a clarinet duo followed later in the afternoon. Photo by Ben Gagnon

FLINT — Musicians with the Flint Institute of Music and Flint Symphony Orchestra performed a series of pop-up concerts for medical personnel at McLaren Hospital on July 13. The sessions, as part of the FIM’s Music Around Town series, paid tribute to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who are working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FIM scheduled the performances around shift changes and lunch breaks so that staff could take a moment to stop and listen to refreshing music.

“The objective of these performances is to show our gratitude for all they have done and are doing during this pandemic,” said Rodney Lontine, president and CEO of the Flint Institute of Music. “We wanted to do something that represents who we are, and the best way to do that is by performing.”

Pop-up concerts also took place at Briarwood- Heartland Healthcare Center, Kith Haven Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Regency Nursing Home. — B.G.