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Center Stage Arts in Health musicians play online for patients, providers

Because artists thrive on creativity, it wasn’t hard for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s performing artists to develop innovative ways to stay connected during COVID-19 restrictions.

“We have 40 different musical performers in all our different lobbies, but of course we can’t do live performances right now,” said Claire de Boer, founding director of Center Stage Arts in Health, a program of Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Humanities that provides arts programming to nourish well-being. “That didn’t stop them — they started making personalized videos for us.”

The Musical Greetings program presents music from some of the performers, which they preface with words of encouragement for Hershey Medical Center patients and health care providers.

“This too shall pass. It sounds cliché, but I’ve found it to be true many times in my own life,” said pianist Maria Corley before playing Brahms. “I wanted to give what little I have to give, and I hope in some way you will find it soothing and restorative.”

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