Friday, June 24, 2011

Partners Night at the Pops draws nearly 1,000 physicians and guests

Medical instruments: Curry, far right, performs during the “Physician Talent” segment of the event.

Passing out beads and coins as they made their way to the stage, eight physicians paraded into Symphony Hall May 20 to perform in the “Physician Talent” segment of the 14th annual “Partners Night at the Pops: A Celebration in Honor of Our Physicians.” This year’s theme was Mardi Gras and featured the Dukes of Dixieland, a New Orleans jazz band. Nearly 1,000 physicians and their guests attended the event, which is hosted annually by Partners HealthCare.

Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra performed a number of musical selections to complement the Mardi Gras theme. Maestro Lockhart then led the eight physicians – including MGH neurosurgeon William Curry, MD – in performing “Tiger Rag.” Each doctor played different percussion instruments, some of which were creatively customized medical devices – such as the basin bells, skele-tone and stetho-phone. Curry tried his hand at playing the IV bass – an IV pole and unit configured to resemble a stand-up bass – in tandem with Pops bassist Larry Wolfe.

“Keith Lockhart and the Pops were very gracious to let us up there with them,” says Curry. “It was a lot of fun.”

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