Musicians on Call
|For more than ten years, Musicians On Call has brought musical performances to New Yorkers most in need of music's healing powers: patients in healthcare facilities such as Memorial Sloane-Kettering, the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, and the oncology unit at Mount Sinai.
MOC is the non-profit group started by Michael Solomon and Vivek Tiwary. In 1999, Solomon brought a musician friend to perform at the hospital where Solomon volunteered. Afterwards, a staff member said two patients had been too ill to attend the concert and encouraged them to perform in the patients' rooms; Solomon saw the heartening effect this had on the two patients. Musicians on Call grew out of that one day and, since then, they've arranged over 250,000 bedside performances for critically ill New Yorkers.
The Mayor's Office has declared October 13th Musicians on Call Day. And all this month, MOC is encouraging New Yorkers to support their work.
You can do that by giving a gift of $10: that pays for a musician to go into a facility and play a song for a patient.
They also need classical and children's CDs.
Musicians can volunteer here.
Attend the Lady Antebellum benefit concert and auction on October 13th at City Winery. Tickets start at $150.
It's a rainy and gray Friday. Why not spread a little joy?
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Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
fri 7pm: prelude fest aims to answer, 'why is live art better?' tonight: dj spooky and reggie watts. cuny grad center, free. [Photo: Mike Figgis]
sat 12-5pm: the chile pepper fiesta! spicy food creations, chocolate samples, a haitian dance fête + 7 hot bands incl. red baraat and the ukuladies. brooklyn botanic garden, $15 (includes admission to garden).
sun 11:30am-6pm: come for the black knight, stay for the joust at the 26th annual medieval festival. fort tryon park, free.
all weekend: check out the finds at nolita's st. patrick old cathedral school yard closing sale.
sat-sun 10am-5pm (ends 10/10): free kayaking at manhattan's riverside park south.