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Music in the Atrium

All patients, their families and visitors as well as NIH staff are invited to attend these performances. The north atrium is a comfortable, welcoming gathering place at the center of the Clinical Center. These concerts are intended to support the Clinical Center's environment of care and healing.

"I love that NIH hosts concerts in the Clinical Center atrium. A tangible way that artists and scientists help make each other better, literally." - Barbra Streisand (Guest Speaker at the May 2018 NIH J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture)

Please check back often for new performance dates.

  • Barry Jones
    Feb. 4
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Mr. Jones is a patient at NIH and a singer-songwriter musician. He has performed in coffee shops and similar venues in his Kansas area over the past five years. His songs are often are about his love of nature or about love in general. In recent years he has also been using his songwriting to address his disease, so a few compositions are either about, or allude to, his struggle.

  • Manchester String Quartet
    Feb. 10
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Part of a series of noon-time chamber concerts sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) for the NIH community. Ravel Introduction and Allegro, Guest artists: Adriana Horne,(harp); Leah Arsenault Barrick,(flute); and Paul Cigan, (clarinet).

  • Army Voices
    Feb. 10
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

  • UMD Jazz Combo
    March 5
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    The University of Maryland Jazz Combo plays an array of jazz standards, old and new, bringing a sense of the classic and the contemporary to a live jazz setting. Improvisation is a key component of the group’s performances featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and many more. Faculty members, students and alumni make up the group and have a ball performing this great music together.

  • Noelle Naito
    March 12
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Ms. Naito is a 17-year-old Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. Naito made her solo debut with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra (Russia), when she was 9 years old and performed the third movement from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. She has also performed with the Columbia Orchestra (Columbia, Maryland) and the Landon Symphonette (Bethesda, Maryland). Naito has played in venues such as Weill Recital Hall in New York City; Cadogan Hall in London, and Franz Liszt House in Weimar, Germany.

  • Sheldon Pickering
    March 19
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Sheldon Pickering is a spiritual music composer and pianist who strives to convey peace, joy, and inspiration though the music he creates and shares.

  • Loudoun Youth Guitars
    April 2
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Loudoun Youth Guitars is comprised of talented and highly motivated guitar students from several middle and high schools in Loudoun County. They perform music by composers from various musical eras, including Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary.

  • National Symphony Orchestra Ensemble
    June 25
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Part of the NSO Sound Health Initiative. These performances aim to provide live music in area hospitals to promote tranquility and wellness.

  • Young Artist Piano Competition
    July 16
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    These are the winners of the competition given by Musical Arts International, Inc., which began in 1995 as a cultural outreach program in Montgomery County, Maryland. Its artistic mission is to encourage and inspire audiences of all ages to appreciate chamber music, to uncover the tremendous wealth and variety of music in its repertoire, to encourage and premiere new works and to advance cultural growth with artistic presentation featuring music of all styles.

Request to perform

Call 301-402-9579 or email for information about performing at the NIH Clinical Center.

Michael Lovelace is a patient at the NIH Clinical Center and a self-taught pianist. Originally from Jamaica, he started his musical career on cruise ships. He enjoys sharing his talents with the staff who have helped him, and hopes his music will bring healing to the patients here.
The National Symphony Orchestra performing
The National Symphony Orchestra performed in September, as part of their Sound Health partnership with NIH. The orchestra performed works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Copland, Mendelssohn, Ravel and others. It featured Steven Reineke as conductor, with Carole Bean on piccolo and Matthew Guilford on bass trombone.
Chris Urquiaga
Singer-songwriter and pianist Chris Urquiaga is a Strathmore Artist in Residence for the 2016-2017 Season. He has performed throughout the DC area.
Country Roads, the United States Army Band's blue-grass band performed for an enthusiastic audience of patients and family, visitors and staff at the NIH Clinical Center Nov. 7, 2019.
United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Music Ensemble choral group
The Choral Group of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Music Ensemble performed a selection of holiday choral pieces. This all-volunteer ensemble performs about 25 times a year.

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This page last updated on 01/17/2020

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