World Doctors Orchestra debuts with Arts and Resilience Program

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
August 16, 2019

This month’s Arts and Resilience Program featured the World Doctors Orchestra as part of their week-long debut in Houston. Founded in 2008 by conductor and physician Stefan N. Willich, MD, MPH, MBA, the orchestra comprises over 100 physician-musicians from all over the world. The presentation on August 13 featured quartet members Sing-Yi Feng (UT Southwestern), Grace Liao Lee (Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital), Annina Vischer (University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland), and Jennifer Miles (St. Tammany Parish Hospital) in their performance of the first and second movements from Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12. The special performance was arranged by a member of the World Doctors Orchestra, Henry Wang, MD, MS. Wang is vice chair for research and professor of emergency medicine at McGovern Medical School.

World Doctors Orchestra will also perform on Friday, August 16 at 5:00 pm in the Crain Garden (Main Lobby) of Houston Methodist Hospital, featuring Mei Rui, DMA, a world-champion pianist and neuroscience researcher at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Rui will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 while projecting real-time imaging showing her brain’s reactions as she plays the piece. The full orchestra will also perform on Saturday, August 17 at 7:00 pm at the Stude Concert Hall at Rice University. The concert features Copland’s Outdoor Overture, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, and an encore of Rui’s Friday performance. Tickets may be purchased via EventBrite.