On January 9, 2015 – “The Arts Touching Hearts” CNMC concert brought world-class artists to perform for pediatric patients and families at Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, DC). This special performance was held in honor and memory of a wonderful boy who received care at Children’s National Medical Center – Xavier Alexander Atienza. Xavier was a vibrant 9-year-old boy who received care at CNMC due to a rare form of encephalitis. After 4 months of fighting this illness, Xavier passed away on January 12, 2014. Inspired by Xavier’s love for the Arts, The XA Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity (www.TheXAProject.org), was established with the mission to transform and enrich the lives of pediatric patients and their families through the power of the Arts. “The Arts Touching Hearts” CNMC concert was held in conjunction with the “NSO: In Your Neighborhood” concert event. The concert was broadcast via closed circuit television to inpatient rooms throughout CNMC, so that kids who could not attend in person could watch the concert live.
Washington, DC’s own Sharón Clark (jazz vocalist), and her daughter London Mevaa, kicked off the concert with inspiring jazz selections, accompanied by Chris Grasso and Max Murray.
Following Sharón and London, Broadway actress and star of the musical “Wicked”, Alli Mauzey, brought the wonder of musical theatre to Children’s Hospital, accompanied by Tony Atienza.
As part of the “NSO: In Your Neighborhood” events and as part of “NSO Sound Health,” NSO musicians – Heather Ledoux Green (violinist) and Paul DeNola (bassist) – next entertained kids and adults alike with humorous antics and brilliant musicality.
Beautiful music and joyful smiles filled the CNMC Atrium Lobby on Saturday January 9th, with some kids occasionally seen peering through the 2nd and 3rd floor windows that face the Atrium to get a glimpse of the amazing artists. The Arts Touching Hearts <3
The XA Project wishes to extend our gratitude to all the fabulous artists for sharing their extraordinary talents at this special performance. Thanks also to Dana Morgan (concert emcee, CNMC), Sarah Koch (CNMC), Jeanette McCune & Warren Williams (The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/National Symphony Orchestra), and Mary Elisa Norment (photographer) for all their assistance with this concert.