Harvard MD / Playwright & 1ST US Woman Dr. Deliver!
Linda Gray Kelley is honored to portray Elizabeth Blackwell, first American woman doctor to medical schools and organizations nationwide. She and playwright N. Lynn Eckhert MD, Harvard International hail from the Boston area but Ms. Kelley has just relocated to central Florida.
“We are able to turn a medical gathering into a real event by having Dr. Eckhert conduct a talkback after the performance, which then qualifies it for CME credit! Physicians ask questions about Dr. Blackwell as well as Dr. Eckhert and how she came to write the piece. (The classic left-brain/right-brain thing!) In fact she was just nominated for an award “Doctors Who Do Other Things”. Audiences are fascinated to see/hear the invention of ether, Civil War medicine, and rampant sexually-transmitted diseases. (Dr. Blackwell loses an eye to gonorrhea….after choosing a celibate life!) Seriously, it’s the history of modern medicine in one hour.”
The two women met when Ms. Kelley was a standardized patient at UMass Medical School, doing mostly the highly dramatic cases like domestic abuse, bad news, difficult interviews, and psych issues, while Dr. Eckhert was the chair of family medicine for 15 years.
The play is currently travelling with the NIH exhibit: “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians”. Dr. Eckhert works for Harvard International opening medical schools in developing countries a la Elizabeth Blackwell. (She even had tea with Dr. Blackwell’s grandnephew in Cambridge just before he died. He put her in touch with the Schlesinger Library where she was able to actually touch Dr. Blackwell’s papers!)
For more information on how to bring this show to your medical meeting, charity, or alumni program contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 774.230.1763. Folios and DVDs will be provided, as well as link to view the program online.
The Orlando Philharmonic Celebrates A Spectacular 20th Anniversary Season
The Orlando Philharmonic celebrates its 20th anniversary during the 2012-2013 Season! Opening Night of the “Super Series” is Saturday, September 29, 8:30 p.m., at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The program will feature Mahler’s powerful Third Symphony. Christopher Wilkins conducts the concert which also features the Women of the University of Central Florida Chorus, Dr. David Brunner, director; Florida Opera Theatre Women’s Chorus, Robin Stamper, director; and the Florida Opera Theatre Youth Program singers, Robin Jensen, director.
Mahler’s Third is his “Pastorale Symphony” – an epic ode to nature, beginning with the imposing march of spring arriving in the Austrian Alps and concluding with music of overwhelming beauty, described by Mahler as the embrace of divine love.
The Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic sponsor this concert and the opening night dinner gala which they will host at the Sheraton Downtown Orlando beginning at 6 p.m.
This exciting evening begins with a delicious pre-concert dinner where guests will enjoy music, cocktails, commentary by Maestro Wilkins and complementary parking at the hotel. $100 pp for non-members; $90 for Friends members. For more information, visit www.friendsorlandophil.org .
The remaining Classical Series concerts include appearances by pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinist Sarah Chang (two performances), soprano Deborah Voigt, and actors from Orlando Shakespeare Theater, who will collaborate with the orchestra for a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The concert, sponsored by the Bryce L. West Foundation, will feature every note of Mendelssohn’s incidental music, and an adapted version of Shakespeare’s play.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Pops Series opens with “Wicked Divas,” a concert featuring the talents of Broadway Wicked stars Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker. The Pops Series continues with “Home for the Holidays,” conducted by audience favorite Albert-George Schram; “My Funny Valentine,” a February program featuring Michael Andrew & Swingerhead; and “Cirque de la Symphonie,” a concert of classical excerpts accompanied by aerialists, dancers, strongmen and other circus performers. Concluding the Pops Series will be the fully-staged musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” sponsored by Harriett Lake.
Subscriptions are available for the full 10-concert Super Series, the 5-concert Classical, 5-concert Pops (Evening) or 5-concert Pops (Matinee) Series. First time subscribers save big when subscribing to any of these four series!
The Orlando Philharmonic also presents a 2-concert Opera Series at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre featuring Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. A 2-concert opera subscription package is offered.
To subscribe to any of the 2012-13 Season Series above which are presented at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, or the 4-concert Focus Series (a chamber series) presented at the Margeson Theater, call the box office at (407) 770-0071, or find more details about the artists, dates, times and programming at www.OrlandoPhil.org.