Watching people's reactions to music is extraordinary. It must be something intrinsic within us that causes us to turn our ears, tap our fingers, or at the Vail Valley Medical Center today, even shuffle with crutches to the beat. Thanks to a wonderful performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as part of the VPAC Arts in Healing program, patients and doctors alike were able to savor the sound of New Orleans jazz with a holiday twist.
The Arts in Healing program brings inspiring artists and cultural experiences to hospitalized patients in a variety of non-traditional settings such as public spaces in hospitals, patient care areas including waiting and family rooms and hallways, and the patient bedside. Patients of all ages have opportunities to enjoy performances and experience personal and meaningful interactions with world-class artists in music, dance, and theatre. The artists work to stimulate and engage the minds of patients, their families, and medical caregivers through the arts, in order to better heal the body.
Today, it was evident that music heals. While some suffered from physical ailments, others just needed a light-hearted moment to soothe the soul. And there couldn't have been a more perfect way than the Preservation Hall Jazz Band members on the tuba, drums, saxophone, and clarinet wailing away to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays tonight at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in their holiday show, "Creole Christmas." It starts at 7:30pm and tickets are still on sale. Visit the website or call 888.920.2787 for more information.