As an ambulance screamed by, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra violist Elizabeth Pulju-Owen reflexively covered her ears, then continued with her sound check and music setup. As she and her cellist husband tuned to their daughter’s violin in front of the main entrance to George Washington University Hospital, workers in scrubs hurried by. The family trio was part of the orchestra’s outreach to support frontline healthcare workers. In addition to the live music, orchestra members also donated money to provide lunches for medical staff. Seth Cook, the orchestra’s principal tubist, is also the owner of Takoma Beverage Company. He said orchestra members raised $750 from their own pockets to provide 70 meals of sandwiches, quiches, and salmon filets for hospital workers. Orchestra members belong to the Washington D.C. Federation of Musicians (AFM 161-710); read more in Jane Recker’s report in Washingtonian. photo by Jane Recker.
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