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VCU Health Orchestra dedicates performance to frontline workers

Orchestra manager: 'I hope it makes their day better'
Posted at 9:12 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 22:15:40-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The VCU Health Orchestra is proving that music can also be a good form of medicine with a virtual performance in the era of social distancing because of COVID-19.

The ensemble formed in 2017 to give health care workers, hospital staff, students, alumni and volunteers a chance to share their talents.

Orchestra manager and french horn player Theresa Erichsen said she hopes the virtual performance resonates with hospital workers.

"We're part of the team," Erichsen said. "They see friendly faces. People love it when they see someone they know. They might not have even know they played an instrument."

Additionally, Erichsen said she hopes the performances allows staffers a chance to de-stress, slow down and practice mindfulness.

"I hope it gives them a smile," she said. "I hope it makes their day better."

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