May 7, 2021
VCU Health Orchestra to be featured on the 'Today' show
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On Sunday, NBC’s “Today” show will feature the VCU Health Orchestra, known as Music and Medicine, telling the story of the orchestra — which consists of health system nurses, physicians, administrative staff, support staff, students, alumni and community volunteers — and how it has recently started performing together again after more than a year apart because of COVID-19.
NBC News correspondent Catie Beck visited the MCV Campus on Thursday and interviewed several members of the orchestra, including Theresa Erichsen, a registered nurse and French hornist, who co-founded the orchestra in fall 2017.
Also interviewed were cellist Christopher Chou, M.D., who joined the orchestra as a medical student and has continued as a resident at VCU Health; Bob Bowie, a psychotherapist and tuba player; and Francesco Celi, M.D., chair of endocrinology in the Department of Internal Medicine at VCU Health and a violinist.
“Sunday Today with Willie Geist” airs live from 8 to 9 a.m. on NBC.
Music and Medicine is one of the few academic health center-affiliated orchestras in the country. It plays a mix of music, including orchestral, classical and pops, intended to reach a broad audience. The orchestra’s mission is to promote wellness and enhance relationships among team members, patients, families, visitors and the community, and to support fundraising for local health-related charities.
The orchestra also was recently featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch: “VCU Health Orchestra returns to music after battling COVID.”
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