Over the past several months, health-care workers have gone above and beyond caring for people in the midst of the pandemic. To share their gratitude to all Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) staff and front-line workers, City Opera Vancouver recently recorded a special presentation.
“We chose to do a virtual concert to maximize the number of staff and physicians who would be able to enjoy this beautiful music," says Alan Corbishley, Director of Concerts Programming for City Opera Vancouver. “We really wanted to connect with as many frontline workers as possible to share our gratitude for all their hard work over the last several months, and music is such a unique and powerful way to do this."
Soprano Eve-Lyn de la Haye sang Over the rainbow from The Wizard of Oz and Puccini's O mio babbino caro because both songs invoke feelings of hope and strength. She was recorded singing in a courtyard at VGH where some onlookers and patients were able to enjoy the live music from a safe distance.
"Medicine is a healing art and so is music," says Charles Barber, Artistic Director of City Opera Vancouver. “We feel a deep need to say thank you to health-care workers who have put everything on the line for all of us. You have been incredibly courageous during this period."
“During this crisis, the willingness of front-line workers to step up is very much appreciated," says Alan. “We respect your willingness to risk your own safety and that of your families for the sake of others."
Speaking on behalf of staff and medical staff at Vancouver Acute, Michelle de Moor, Interim Vice President, Vancouver Acute Services shared her heartfelt gratitude. “Our staff and physicians are doing an incredible job. They're working long hours to ensure that all of our patients receive the exceptional care they need — while in the middle of a global pandemic. Support and recognition like this really helps us keep going. Thank you to City Opera Vancouver and to everyone in the community who has been sharing their support – you're helping us battle COVID-19."