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Wounded soldiers and their communities find healing in Ensemble Galilei's music, poetry and memoir / Philadelphia Inquirer

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Carolyn Surrick, poet and viola da gamba player in the Ensemble Galilei, has never been to war. But along with her fellow musicians, who played Irish and Celtic tunes for seven years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital in Bethesda, Md., she has witnessed the toll of war, not only on the badly wounded, but also on families and communities. Based on that experience, Ensemble Galilei has joined with veteran NPR war correspondents Neal Conan and Anne Garrels to present "Between War and Here," a program that combines music, poetry and memoir to explore "honor, courage, loss and hope." A limited tour of churches on the East Coast will bring them to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill on March 31. "Walter Reed isn't a concert hall," said Surrick, 59. "We played in the corner of the hospital lobby while people were having lunch. Patients or family members or staff would stop or sit a little away from us or hide at the top of the stairs or the balcony, sort of looking."   PHOTO: CAROLYN SURRICK

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