Friday, July 2, 2010

MGH physicians perform at Partners Night at the Pops

In what's become a summertime tradition, Partners physicians showed off their musical talents at the 13th annual "Partners Night at the Pops: A Celebration in Honor of Our Physicians" at Symphony Hall. With the ongoing support of John Hancock Financial, the event took the audience on a trip down memory lane as conductor Keith Lockhart led the Boston Pops Orchestra through musical selections associated with Arthur Fiedler and John Williams, as well as his own repertoire. Singer Maureen McGovern entertained more than a thousand Partners physicians and their guests.

The highlight of the evening occurred when the Partners physicians performed on stage with the orchestra. Recruited for their singing talent, a total of 15 physicians took part in "A Cinematic Sing-Along" -- seven physicians were lead singers and eight were members of the chorus. Lead singers from the MGH were Ebele Okpokwasili-Johnson, MD, MPH, of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, who led "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz," and Ariana Vora, MD, of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, who led "The Way We Were" from the movie of the same name.

Singing in the chorus from the MGH were F. Richard Bringhurst, MD, senior vice president for Research, and Bruce Walker, MD, director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. The audience sang along with the chorus as images from the films were displayed on a screen above the stage. With some creative editing, the scenes were altered to display the faces of the physicians in place of those of the actual actors and actresses. The singing MGH physicians all fondly remarked that the event was a wonderful experience. Walker said, "It was so exciting, a fantasy come true! The entire time we were up there singing I kept saying to myself, 'I can't believe this is happening!'" Bringhurst echoed the sentiment by describing performing on stage with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as a "thrill of a lifetime." Vora described it as "unforgettable" and Okpokwasili-Johnson said that singing with her fellow doctors was "a fun and inspirational event."

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