Music Program

The Marianne Tobias Music Program lifts the spirits of patients, staff and visitors through weekly live music performances. Through the gift of an endowment and donation of a concert grand piano, the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health is dedicated to providing high-quality performance music to patients, staff and visitors. Marianne Tobias, Ph.D., was a resident musicologist, accomplished pianist, lecturer and program annotator for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, who helped Eskenazi Health launch the namesake program in 2013.

The piano, located in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse on the Eskenazi Health downtown campus, is accessible to the public 24 hours a day and has been played by world-class musicians and amateur music lovers alike. Performances are free, open to the public and live-streamed to patient rooms in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

Past performances have featured: renowned soprano Angela Brown, Latin jazz ensemble Pavel & Direct Contact, Middle Eastern music ensemble Salaam, string trio Time for Three, the American Pianists Association finalists, and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about the Marianne Tobias Music Program, please call 317.880.4801 or fill out the Contact Us form linked below. In addition to this performance-based music program, Eskenazi Health offers music therapy with a board-certified music therapist. Click here to learn more about the Eskenazi Health Music Therapy program. 

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Make Music Day: Community Group Drumming and Bashiri Asad

Dates: Jun. 21, 2024

On Make Music Day, musicians of all ages and skill levels share their love of music with communities around the world through free music performances and events on June 21.

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and is now celebrated on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Make Music Day made its American debut 18 years ago in New York. Since then, more than 100 cities throughout the country have established city-wide celebrations that provide free music-listening and music-making opportunities for communities.

This is the second year Make Music Day will be recognized in Indianapolis as a city-wide event. Eskenazi Health is excited to once again spearhead Make Music Indy on June 21. Make Music Indy will be a collaboration of new and existing partners and supporters of the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health. Free concerts will be held at the Eskenazi Health downtown campus and the Eskenazi Health Thomas & Arlene Grande Campus in addition to several other performance venues throughout the city. A full listing of concerts happening throughout Indianapolis can be found here.

The concerts will take place inside the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital on June 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the north end of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse.

This year’s downtown campus lineup includes:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Community Group Drumming, led by Eskenazi Health board-certified music therapist Tori Davenport
  • 12 p.m. – Bashiri Asad

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Make Music Day: Carl Hines - Piano and Thomas Brinkley - Bass

Dates: Jun. 21, 2024

On Make Music Day, musicians of all ages and skill levels share their love of music with communities around the world through free music performances and events on June 21. This year, Carl Hines, piano, and Thomas Brinkley, bass, will play at 3 p.m. at Eskenazi Health Thomas & Arlene Grande Campus, 6002 E. 38th St.

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and is now celebrated on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Make Music Day made its American debut 18 years ago in New York. Since then, more than 100 cities throughout the country have established city-wide celebrations that provide free music-listening and music-making opportunities for communities.

This is the second year Make Music Day will be recognized in Indianapolis as a city-wide event. Eskenazi Health is excited to once again spearhead Make Music Indy on June 21. Make Music Indy will be a collaboration of new and existing partners and supporters of the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health. Free concerts will be held at the Eskenazi Health downtown campus and the Eskenazi Health Thomas & Arlene Grande Campus in addition to several other performance venues throughout the city. A full listing of concerts happening throughout Indianapolis can be found here.

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Aleta Hodge - Author, Clifford Ratliff - Trumpet and Frank Smith - Bass

Dates: Jun. 26, 2024

The Marianne Tobias Music Program is celebrating Black Music Month and will feature a special presentation by Aleta Hodge, author of Indiana Avenue – Life and Musical Journey from 1915 to 2015, on Wednesday, June 26, at 12:00 p.m. in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse.

Indiana Avenue - Life and Musical Journey from 1915 to 2015 shares the music and sports legends from the famed Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis. One hundred years of African American family history and music (jazz, blues, gospel, bebop, Doo Wop, Motown, Opera, ragtime and hip hop) are presented with photos and maps of this musical mecca. Some of the musical legends include Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, Slide Hampton, Angela Brown, Babyface, David Baker and Larry Ridley.

This presentation will focus on the life and legacy of trombonist J.J. Johnson, presented by the author, accompanied by Clifford Ratliff, trumpet, and Frank Smith, bass.

This concert will be broadcast live and viewable from all televisions on the Eskenazi Health downtown campus, including patient rooms, on channel 17. 

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