Integrative medicine – the practice of treating the patient holistically by combining mind, body and spirit – is an often-overlooked aspect of patient care. Music can play an important role in the healing process.
Recognizing the holistic connection between music and healing, four years ago, conductor Peter Shannon created an adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute for an audience of young patients receiving treatment at Memorial University Medical Center. The twenty-minute comedic performance provides these children, their families and caregivers a respite from their daily hospital routine. Monthly, members of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus perform the program with enthusiasm, generating much needed lightness and laughter from children and adults. Following the performance, each child is given a professionally illustrated Magic Flute coloring book, a box of crayons, and a magic flute (kazoo) for boys and a tiara for girls.
Continuing to build a solid Integrative Medicine Program, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus works with the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial to provide musicians three times a week who perform live music for patients and their families while waiting to receive their treatments.