The Savannah Philharmonic in Georgia reports on a new healthcare program underway at Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Peter Shannon, the Philharmonic’s conductor, has produced a 30-minute abridged version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute geared for young people, which was performed for the first time at the hospital on November 4, with singers from the all-volunteer Savannah Philharmonic Chorus. Musicians will continue to perform Magic Flute once a month at the center. The One Hundred, a volunteer group at the medical center, has given a grant toward project materials, allowing each child to receive a coloring book, crayons, and their own “magic flute” to decorate. Television coverage thus far includes segments on the Savannah Morning News and a two-part series on WSAV-TV. The program adds to the Philharmonic’s existing healthcare programs, which include twice-a-week performances for chemotherapy patients at the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health University Medical Center, and monthly performances at J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, also in Savnanah, playing for employees and patients in the waiting room. The orchestra plans to expand its performances to include Savannah’s SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services, community centers, schools, and other health-related facilities focused on youth.
Posted November 19, 2013