Integrative medicine, the practice of treating the patient holistically: combining mind, body and spirit, is an often-overlooked aspect of patient care. Music can play an important role in this holistic healing process.
The Magic Flute. Monthly, members of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus present a rendition of Mozart’s Magic Flute for children receiving care in the Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah. The twenty-minute comedic performance brings smiles and laughter to the young patients, their families and caregivers. Our musicians perform, sing, dance, and frolic in professionally designed costumes to create a truly authentic production. Following the show, each child receives a souvenir tiara and/or kazoo (flute), coloring book, and crayons. This imaginative presentation brings the joyful power of music to the healing process.
Savannah Philharmonic also works with both the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute and the Nancy and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion to provide professional musicians who interact and perform live music for patients waiting to receive or while receiving cancer treatments. Patients and families have expressed deep gratitude for the live music during their challenging treatments, and doctors have seen a wonderful positive effect. Please read the testimonial below sent to harpist Kristin King regarding her performance:
“I am still marveling at the coincidence of seeing you as I stepped off the elevator just after saying your name as I was telling my husband about the harpist years ago when our daughter received a transfusion.”
Thank you so much for inviting us to stay for a marvelous concert.
The news we had just received had not quite sunk in yet. Sitting quietly listening to you play was so soothing. We had time to just be. I was worried that neither of us would sleep well that night, but the next morning we were both rested and relaxed. I asked my husband how that could be. His response: It was the harp!
Thank you so much.“
Joseph & Marie Rozman