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Oishei children's hospital brings music to its young patients

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 16:21:07-04

There's no medicine quite like music. That's why the World Doctor Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic came to Oishei Children's hospital Wednesday to play for the young patients.

It's something that Christopher Cahill, father of one-year-old Noah, is thankful for.

"It was definitely a great distraction for the children and parents alike. It was really nice that they were able to come up and share some time with us," Cahill said.

There's no underestimation of the power of music in a place like a children's hospital either.

"When you are going through a stressful situation, especially if your kids in a hospital, what better way to calm them down then to have music and art," Andrew Bennett, Vice President of Buffalo Children's Hospital Foundation, said.

The World Doctors Orchestra is a group comprised of doctors from around the world. Around 40 performed at Oishei hailing from seven different countries and 16 different states.

"We get to break up their day a little bit. They get to see something they haven't seen before," Fred Albrecht, ex-cardiologist and bassoonist, said.

He organized the event to bring the Buffalo Philharmonic and World Doctors Orchestra together. 

"How many kids get to sit three feet away from people not only playing a musical instrument but interacting with a musical instrument," Albrecht said.

This won't be a one-time event either. Albrecht is already planning for June 2020. He wants to bring 100 of the top doctor-musicians from around the world to Buffalo to play at various hospitals.