Fun Singing Opportunity

December 15th, 2013

From Lisa Eckstein, Music Instructor, Band and Summer Band Camp Director: Dear Musicians,

The Medical Musical Group (MMG) is looking for singers (especially male), and flute, French horn, and string players for a concert they are performing next week at the Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda, MD.  There are rehearsals next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings with the concert on Friday.  I have played bassoon with this group before and it is a fun gig.  It is a volunteer gig, not paid.  This is a good opportunity to play with some great musicians and on stage at Strathmore.  The concert will have a large audience and will likely be streamed live.  (I’ll be playing bassoon for this one and have to miss rehearsal on Tuesday but will see you for the rest if you can join.)  I know Harris Wood from band plays with this group a lot, although he is unable to make this concert next week.

There are some “celebrities” who are also a part of this concert.  Please read below for more information, and also pass this onto other flute, French horn, and ESPECIALLY string players if you can.  If anyone is interested in joining the MMG for this concert, please let me know and also contact Beth Davis directly at


From Beth Davis, Program Assistant (and acting Principal Cellist): Lisa,

I’m writing to ask if you can help us find a few French Horn and Viola players. We could also use a good flautist. At present, our string count is 5 – 5 – 3 – 5 – 2 and we only have one confirmed French Horn player! Any help finding players would be greatly appreciated.

For your convenience, I’ve attached a flyer about the concert (it also has the rehearsal and concert dates and times). This is an updated Performers flier which includes the rehearsal site information — the Academy of the Holy Cross (4920 Stathmore Ave, Kensington) which is very close to the Strathmore. Also attached is a general concert flyer that just has the concert and ticket information.

Flyer 1, flyer 2 (.pdfs)

We hope the concert will be streamed live on Friday, December 20, 2013, 8:00 pm, from Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda, MD. In addition to our 200-member Medical Chorale and Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director and a gifted musician, will strum the guitar with us. We’ll also feature special guests Ricky Skaggs, Maureen McGovern, and Julia Nixon, and Cokie Roberts (ABC) and Jim Bittermann (CNN Paris) will host. The gala concert will benefit wounded warriors and we anticipate that it may become a Washington Holiday tradition!

NOTE: The concert starts at 8PM Friday December 20, not 7:30 as previously noted.
This also pushes back the Pre-concert by a half hour to 7PM.

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