TAMPA, Fla. – Building on the success of its free hospital concerts, Music Director Michael Francis and The Florida Orchestra will return to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa on Friday, Sept. 23, to perform once again for patients and staff members. The free concert begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Stabile Research Building Atrium.
Moffitt is where TFO, under the direction of Francis, launched its first groundbreaking hospital concert “A Season Serenade” in December 2014. Since then, the orchestra has expanded these concerts, performing at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph’s-North in Lutz and Tampa General Hospital. This year the concert is also part of TFO on the Go, a blitz of more than 15 concerts in four days throughout Tampa Bay, including pop-up chamber concerts at unexpected locations.
The hour-long, free concert will spotlight the virtuosic skill of Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer on violin and the music of Mozart, Ravel, Rachmaninoff and more.
“The arts can be a beneficial part of the healing and coping process for our patients at Moffitt,” explained Mary Turney, manager of Moffitt’s Patient and Family Services Department. “The arts are also a way to incorporate a way of coping for our team members who encounter and battle cancer every single day. We are thankful to have such an amazing opportunity as this with TFO right here on our campus.”
This is the third concert TFO has performed at Moffitt Cancer Center.
"Bringing live symphonic music into the hospital setting can be an incredibly uplifting experience for patients, families, physicians and staff,” said TFO’s Community Engagement Director Erin Horan. “Music helps create a sense of community, intimacy, and joy - especially during challenging times. We are so excited to be able to come back to Moffitt and perform for patients and caregivers for a third year."
The concert fits perfectly with Moffitt’s Arts In Medicine Program, which is specially designed to offer patients and their caregivers a variety of ways to experience the therapeutic benefits of the arts during a difficult time. The program, introduced two decades ago, is designed to nurture healing by focusing on the whole person.
The Moffitt concert along with TFO’s expanded community events are part of the orchestra’s renewed mission to bring music to all of Tampa Bay in a wide range of formats, in and out of the concert hall. This season the orchestra will play concerts in parks, malls, churches, museums, the USF campus and more.
About The Florida Orchestra
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The Florida Orchestra (TFO) is a non-profit, premier cultural and arts organization in the Tampa Bay area, dedicated to bringing music to all people. Under the leadership of Music Director Michael Francis, it performs series of classical, popular, rock and morning coffee concerts in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as free Pops in the Park concerts. Connecting to the community is a priority, with pre-concert talks, family and youth concerts and other educational activities. Kids get in free to classical Masterworks concerts with Classical Kids tickets.
To subscribe or buy individual concert tickets: 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286; floridaorchestra.org.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.