ST. PETERSBURG, 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 Wednesday, January 27, to perform once again for patients and staff members.
Moffitt is where TFO, under the direction of Francis, launched its first groundbreaking hospital concert a little more than a year ago, with “A Season Serenade” in December 2014. Since then, the orchestra has expanded these concerts, performing at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph’s-North in Lutz and Tampa General Hospital. The orchestra also plans to return to All Children’s in May.
"The event a year ago was a glorious occasion,” said Lloyd Goldstein, who is part of Moffitt’s Arts in Medicine team. “As patients, families, staff and administrators became immersed in the magnificent sounds of the orchestra, the looks on their faces gave no doubt about the healing power of the uplifting and therapeutic experience."
“These concerts are so valuable in that they help create a sense of normalcy for patients who are facing very challenging times. We also know how important it is to care for the well-being of physicians, staff, and families,” said Danielle Rossbach, TFO’s community engagement manager. “And that’s why we keep doing them and keep looking for ways to touch more people with music.”
The orchestra will perform the program “The Lark Ascending” in Moffitt’s Stabile Research Building atrium at 11 a.m. The program features the graceful, soaring melodies of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, spotlighting the virtuosic skill of Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer on violin. Also included are Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Britten’s Simple Symphony and Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave.” Several TFO musicians will play for patients unable to attend the concert.
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 meeting the needs of the whole person.
“When Moffitt Cancer Center introduced its Arts In Medicine program, it joined other pioneers in the developing field of arts in health care,” said Cheryl Belanger, coordinator of the Arts In Medicine program. “Since then, a growing number of specially trained AIM artists and volunteers have created safe and comfortable environments where patients and family members experience live music, visual arts, poetry, movement and theater.”
The Moffitt concert also is part of “TFO on Campus,” a series of workshops and performances by The Florida Orchestra and Music Director Michael Francis at the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. The events are part of the orchestra’s renewed mission to bring music to all people of Tampa Bay in a wide range of formats, in and out of the concert hall. TFO also is expanding its reach with free concerts in universities, malls, parks and a veterans center this season.
About The Florida Orchestra
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 new 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
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.