On Thursday, December 18, an oboe-playing Santa (Michael Lisicky) and BSO musicians visited The Kennedy Krieger Institute—a nationally renowned children’s rehabilitation hospital—and delivered hundreds of toys donated by the musicians. Now in its third year, the BSO Toy Drive is one of the highlights of the holiday season for the patients and staff of the Institute. As in past years, a chamber brass ensemble serenaded those in attendance with holiday music. After the main performance, BSO musicians broke off into small groups in order to reach those patients who are unable to congregate in the common play room. Toys were also brought into the patients' rooms. All remaining toys were left at Kennedy Krieger so future patients can enjoy the donation.
"Putting this type of project together is actually quite easy, especially after the initial year,” says BSO oboist, Michael Lisicky, who also organizes this annual event. “As in past years, the musicians have been extremely generous. Whether it's through giving toys, donations or through providing holiday music for the patients and staff, the musicians seem to look forward to this project. It's hard not to seek support for such a wonderful facility like the Kennedy Krieger Institute. It is such a wonderful place that is full of hope."
Below is a selection of photos taken by BSO violist Christian Colberg. Click on the images to see a larger version.