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Salute to healthcare heroes: Cleveland Orchestra performing free concerts for hospital workers

It’s being called a 'salute to healthcare heroes.'
Credit: Denzel Washington, courtesy of University Hospitals and The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra violinist Katherine Bormann (left) and violist Lembi Veskimets perform at University Hospitals.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Orchestra is paying a special tribute to healthcare workers with free concerts at six hospital locations throughout the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospital systems this week.

“The dedication and compassion of our healthcare providers has inspired us all during this pandemic,” orchestra officials said in a press release.

July 6-8 marks the orchestra’s final small ensemble concerts, which have been happening for weeks.

“Since June 15, Cleveland Orchestra musicians have serenaded healthcare providers at community hospitals," officials said. "Chamber groups (small ensembles of two to five musicians) have played weekly live concerts, indoors and outdoors, while adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing masks.”

These final performances – known as the “Fireworks Finale” with patriotic music in celebration of the United States – are scheduled as follows (note: none of these are open to the public):

July 6:

  • Cleveland Clinic main campus at 12 p.m.
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest at 12 p.m.
  • University Hospitals main campus at 12 p.m.
  • MetroHealth main campus at 12 p.m.

July 7:

  • MetroHealth Parma Medical Center at 11:30 a.m.

July 8:

  • MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Medical Center at 3:45 p.m.