The Florida Orchestra (TFO) returns to Moffitt Cancer Center for a seasonal serenade in the Stabile Research Building Atrium on Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. TFO, under the direction of Michael Francis, launched its first groundbreaking hospital concert at Moffitt in 2014 and now performs at multiple hospitals and health care facilities to offer music to those who may not be able to travel to a concert hall.

The concert ties in with Moffitt’s Arts in Medicine Program, which is designed to offer patients and caregivers comfort and well-being in the form of music, painting and other expressive art forms. The program, introduced two decades ago, nurtures healing by focusing on the whole person.

“The arts can be a beneficial part of the healing and coping process for our patients at Moffitt,” said Mary Turney, Outpatient Social Work manager. “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.”

TFO is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Moffitt concert is open to patients, team members and visitors and features selections from “The Nutcracker,” “A Christmas Festival Overture,” “Hanukkah Celebration: Two Dances” and classical holiday favorites under the direction of Principal Guest Conductor Stuart Malina.


WHAT: The Florida Orchestra performs for Moffitt patients, visitors and team members

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Stabile Research Building Atrium, Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive. Park at Gold Valet.

(Video Note — Up to 40 minutes of media may be captured for promo/news use, and any media used must be edited down to less than five minutes).

View last year’s performance-

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 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is listed as one of the top 10 cancer hospitals 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 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 5,600 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, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitter and YouTube

About The Florida Orchestra:
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in the 2017/18 season, The Florida Orchestra is recognized as Tampa Bay’s leading performing arts institution, the largest professional symphony orchestra in Florida, and one of the most vibrant and innovative orchestras in America. Under the leadership of Music Director Michael Francis, it performs more than 130 concerts a season, with series of classical, popular, and morning coffee concerts in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as free Pops in the Park concerts. Dedicated to bringing music to all people, connecting to the community is a priority, with pre-concert talks, family and youth concerts and other educational activities. Kids and teens get in free to classical Masterworks concerts with Classical Kids tickets. To subscribe or buy tickets: 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286;