Saturday, March 7, 2009

Visual Violins- Art for Healing

Two years ago, Longwood Symphony Orchestra held "VISUAL VIOLINS," a special fundraising event that brought together artists, musicians and healers to create art for healing.

Twelve artists were given violins to create into art, which were auctioned to raise funds for the cancer care centers throughout Boston. A Virtuoso Violin was signed by violin soloists and Yo-Yo Ma and a Sports Violin was signed by the 2006 Red Sox.

At that time, Boston Medical Center was just completing its state-of-the-art cancer center bringing "Exceptional Care without Exception" right into the heart of the inner city.

With the funds raised by LSO that evening we became a sponsor of the Joseph Moakley Cancer Center and got our name on their donor wall! When the center had its official opening in the fall of 2007, LSO was there, providing chamber music for the celebration.

This year, the journey continues. "Visual Violins II: Creativity, Leadership, and Healing" will raise funds for LSO's Healing Art of Music Program, a unique program that empowers smaller medical charities to raise awarness and funds through our concert performances.

This time we have created the Academic Violin, which bears the signatures of the presidents, provosts, adn medical school deans from all four of our Massachusetts medical school

Dean Karen Antman, BU School of Medicine, herself a musician and parent of musicians

Harvard President Drew Faust and Longwood Symphony President Lisa Wong