Last Tuesday was March 31st, but just in our Gregorian calendar! But at night, I could swear it was Christmas time! My husband and I went to the Sala São Paulo to feel all the joy of this most festive holiday time of the year due to the presentation of The Ninth (and last) Symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven interpreted by the orchestra TUCCA Philharmonic – with the conductor João Maurício Galindo. It was the season opener of the Healing Music Series (Série Música pela Cura), an international music festival promoted by TUCCA (an Association for Children and Adolescents with Cancer. It’s a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by doctors, parents of patients and representatives of civil society, with the proposal to increase cure rates and improve the quality of life of disadvantaged youth with cancer).
By November of this year, TUCCA has already invited highlights of classical music and world jazz to take the stage of one of the world's best concert halls. Among several attractions, some of them have already been confirmed: the first mandolin Grammy nominated, Avi Avital; and the guitarist Milo Karadaglic.
All proceeds from the sale of tickets are for the treatment of patients assisted by the Hospital Santa Marcelina in partnership with the Association. All proceeds from the sale of tickets are for the treatment of patients assisted by the Hospital Santa Marcelina in partnership with the Association.
“The art brings benefits to all parties involved, the partner, the employee and, in particular, to the patient," says the pediatric oncologist Dr. Sydney Epelman, president of TUCCA.
I couldn’t agree more! And I would add it brings benefits to anyone who is lucky enough to attend the concerts. At the end of the night, after the presentation, we went back home with our heart so glad and amazed, exactly how they feel at Christmas!
- Do you like classical music? Do you have a favorite composer? Who is he?
- Have you heard the Ninth Symphony completely? How do you feel when you are listening to it?
Tip: To know more about TUCCA and all the Healing Music Series, just click here.