Bringing in Holiday Cheer

Rehab patients enjoy a festive concert.

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For those who are hospitalized due to illness or injury during this holiday season, the smallest amount of cheer can make a big difference. Hospital staff members may recognize how difficult it is for patients to be away from home and loved ones during the holidays and work to provide a festive environment.

Or perhaps a former patient knows just what will make a patient smile this year. In this case, horns, holiday music and a little red and green filled the hallways of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA, as Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops French Horn Brass Quartet made a visit to share some good cheer and perform for patients, families and staff.

As a way to give back to the caregivers who were instrumental in his recovery, a former patient of Spaulding reached out to Keith Lockhart to bring a holiday concert to those who will be spending the holidays in a hospital bed.

The world renowned musicians were accompanied by a group of physicians, caregivers and administrative staff serving as the "Spaulding Carolers." The concert was attended by more than 150 patients, families and staff who were treated to an afternoon which included a medley of holiday songs as well as a sing-a-long and unique arrangements of holiday classics.

Want to see what you missed? Revel in the holiday cheer with this video of the mini concert.

"It was a wonderful afternoon for all of our patients, their families and our staff," shared Tim Sullivan, Director of Communications, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. "To have the amazing musical talent of Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops come to Spaulding and be so generous with their time and talents to honor our caregivers is truly a wonderful gift."

Rebecca Mayer is a senior regional editor at
ADVANCE and can be reached at rmayer@advanceweb.com


I attended this concert in December 2012. I was inspired to have stroke survivors sing. Music has great power in recovery and healing.

Jane Stachowiak,  Director, Wellness,  Berklee College of MusicDecember 16, 2013
Boston, MA


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