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06.08.2015

Doctors’ orchestra dazzles patients, staff at Harborview

Slideshow: Lively benefit show of 2+ hours was first stop on Northwest tour

By Brian Donohue  |  HSNewsBeat  |  Updated 8:00 PM, 06.08.2015

Posted in: Community

  • (Click arrow for audio slideshow of concert.) Stefan Willich conducts the orchestra in Samuel Jones' "Overture for a City," the first of three pieces played Saturday and the background music of the slideshow, above. Brian Donohue
Eighty-some members of the World Doctors Orchestra played a benefit concert June 6 at Harborview Medical Center. Dozens of patients, family members and hospital staff attended. 

Assembled in very close quarters in Harborview's atrium-topped cafeteria, the players were dressed for the 87-degree day and went through several cases of bottled water during the program of more than two hours. They ended with the percussive Symphony No. 5 of Dmitri Shostakovitch, complete with timpani and gong – a piece that could be heard throughout the hospital's core.

In its U.S. West Coast premiere, the orchestra also played Seattle's Benaroya Hall on June 7 and traveled to Vancouver, BC, for a concert June 8. 

Listen to Saturday's entire performance of Samuel Jones' "Overture for a City."

See earlier HSNewsBeat story for details about the tour.
Tagged with: music, philanthropy, Harborview Medical Center
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