Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Michigan Opera Theatre Partner with Henry Ford Cancer Institute for Music Therapy Program

By Logan Martell

Henry Ford Health System has announced that they will be presenting free, virtual performances for cancer patients at their institute, in partnership with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre.

The David DiChiera Music Therapy Program is named in tribute to MOT’s former general director, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2018.

On the fourth Wednesday of each month, patients at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute can tune in to “Live Music with the DSO,” while archived performances from Michigan Opera Theatre will be broadcast on the first and third Thursdays of each month, beginning September 2020.

“The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is a global destination for patients who travel from different countries and even different continents to receive the best possible care,” writes Megan Winkel, Manager of the Healing Arts Program at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. “Research studies have shown music therapy can reduce pain and discomfort, improve mood, diminish stress, increase quality of life and allow patients to better communicate. Even beyond those benefits, this program will not only provide entertainment and relaxation for patients, but also allow them to experience some of Detroit’s culture while they focus on healing.”