Longwood Symphony Orchestra
August 18, 2010
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell
Boston's Esplanade 7:00pm
In the Mood
As everyone knows that Boston is the home to major academic institutions, i.e. Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Wellesley College, Tufts and many others. Likewise it is hotbed of excellence in Medicine and Biotechnology including notables such as Mass General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women's, Beth Israel, Deaconness, Dana Farber and companies including Amgen, Pfizer, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Genzyme, Vertex and countless others. Similarly, it is the seat of world class science, e.g. Whitehead Institute and The Broad, Howard Hughes, etc. It is therefore not surprising that many of these professionals have banded together to create great music.
Last night the orchestra played at the Hatch Shell, made famous by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. It is an impressive venue for free concerts and movies and is packed to several hundred thousand on annual July 4th celebrations. There are tributory stues of Arthur Fiedler, a Paul Dudley White, MD (notable cardiologist), Harry Ellis Dickson (late director of the Pops and father-in-law to ex-governor Michael Dukakis. The venue is beautiful and the weather was simply gorgeous. We had difficulty finding a parking spot on Storrow Drive which is available
for each concert, so we ended up parking on Charles Street in Beacon Hill and attending the 2nd half of the concert. It was a charming Beethoven's 4th symphony. It was led by Jonathan McPhee its conductor. What they lack in talent is more than amply made up for by enthusiasm. I am not a fan of amplified music which tends to be distorted and leaves the listener straining to hear the quiet passages. The venue was terrific and the audience received the performance with great applause. The theme of the program was "In the Mood" The evening ended with a rousing performance of "In the Mood" made famously popular by Glenn Miller in 1939 in the Big Band Era.
The orchestra is a Who's Who of medicine, science and academia and should be applauded for bringing great music to the public. They also play at many local shelters, nursing homes and traditional venues. Rather than bore the reader with full biography's, I thought that I would list the players who rightly deserve recognotion for their medical, humanitarian and musical contributions.
Sherman Jia, Concertmaster
3rd year, HMS, Howard Hughes Research Fellow
Music teacher (violin, viola, chamber music)
English Teacher, Commonwealth School
Terry Buchmiller, M.D.
Pediatric Surgery, CHB, Co-Director Advanced Fetal Care Center, CHB
Jennifer Chang, Ph.D.
M.D. - Ph.D. student, HMS
David Chen, M.D.
Internal Medicine, Faulkner Hospital
Freelance science writer
Mark Emerson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Genetics, HMS
Sumi Fasolo, AIA
Architect, Cambridge Seven Associates
Tamara Goldstein, O.T.
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Anand Jagannath, M.S.
Research Technician, Cardiac Surgery, MGH
Freelance Technical Editor
Heidi Harbison Kimberly, M.D.
Emergency Medicine, BWH
Anna Legedza, Sc.D.
Principal Biostatistician, Biometrics, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Director of Product Development, Fidelity Investments
2nd year, HMS
Psyche Loui, Ph.D.
Research Instructor, Neurology, BIDMC, HMS
2nd year, HMS
ESL/History Teacher, Cambridge Public Schools
Ramona Nee, J.D.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Susan Pauker, M.D.
Associate Professor, HMS; Genetics Chief, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; MGH. BWH, Lahey
Chris Richards, Ph.D.
Dept. of Biology doctoral program, Harvard University
Helle Sachse, J.D., Ph.D.
Asst. D.A., Suffolk County
Jenny Smythe, Ph.D.
Physicist, Schlumberger Limited
Ellen Tulchinsky, M.S.P.T.
Physical Therapist, BWH/MGH
Elisha Wachman, M.D.
Pediatrics, Emerson Hospital, BWH
Lisa Wong, M.D.
Milton Pediatrics Associates, HMS, CHB, MGH, BWH, BIDMC
Michael Cho, M.D.
Research Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, BIDMC, BWH, MGH
Engineer, Rhythmia Medical
Software Engineer, Microsoft
Senior Software Engineer, Unica
Alistair Kok, D.D.S.
Dentist, Gentle Dental Cambridge
2nd year Ph.D. student, Harvard University
Speech Therapist, Cotting School
Andrea Spencer, M.D.
MGH/McLean Resident in Psychiatry
Peter Stein, D.C.
Chiropractor, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, BU Sargent College
Nicholas Tawa, Jr. , M.D., Ph.D.
Surgical Oncology, BIDMC, HMS
Gwendoline Thornblade, B.D.Sc, M.Sc.D.
Director of Operations, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Rovine, D.M.A., principal
Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
Sylvain Casimir, R.Ph.
Nancy Chane, R.N., M.S.
Palliative Care Nurse, Tufts Health Plan
Interactive Media Designer, iFactory
Heidi Greulich, Ph.D.
DFCI, Broad Institute, BWH, HMS
Katherine Hein, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon, MetroWest Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Tai Katzenstein, Ph.D.
Denise Lotufo, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S.
Read Pukkila-Worley, M.D.
Infectious Diseases, MGH, HMS
President, Reuning & Son Violins
Susan Z. Robins
President, Muscle Angels, a norbis Innovations Company, LLC
Andreas Schild, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Center for Human Genetic Research, MGH
Martha Davis, J.D., principal
Professor, Northeastern University School of Law
Jack Dennerlein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Environmental Health, HSPH
Daniela Krause, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Pathology and The Center for Regenerative Medicine at MGH
Music, Framingham Public Schools
4th year, HMS
William Kates, M.D.
Psychiatry, BIDMC, HMS
Thomas Sheldon, M.D.
Assistant Professor Dartmouth Medical School; Director, Radiation Oncology Concord Hospital
Jeffrey Berman, M.D.
Pulmonary and Critical Care, BMC, BUSM
Mark C. Gebhardt, M.D., Ph.D.
Prof. of Orthopaedic Surgery, HMS, Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief, BIDMC, CH Orthopedic Surgery
Tammy Avery Gibson
President, Handyman Heroes
Stephen Wright, M.D.
Chief of Medicine, Faulkner, BWH, TUSM, HMS
Concerts Manager, MIT
John Hecker, AIA
Carr Lynch and Sandell, Architects
Leonard Zon, M.D.
Heme/Onc CHB, DFCI, HMS
Wolfram Goessling, M.D., Ph.D.
Genetics and Gastroenterology, BWH; Heme/Onc, DFCI; HST; HMS
Shire Human Genetic Therapies
Operations Manager, Elysium Digital LLC
Tom Sandora, M.D.
Pediatric Infectious Disease, CHB, HMS