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The Healing Power of Music - Benefit Gala Featuring the 'Ad Libitum' Quartet
Hosted by Melania Medeleanu, the event was a fund raiser to buy a venous scanner necessary for the Neonatal Ward of the 'Marie Curie' Hospital in Bucharest. And why do I say that music contributed in saving lives? Because the special guests of the evening were the members of the 'Ad Libitum' Quartet: Alexandru Tomescu, Serban Mereuta, Bogdan Bisoc and Filip Papa, who held a recital with works by Schubert, Dvoűák and Haydn. The recital was performed in the usual refined style with which the ensemble had us accustomed and which went a long way in touching the souls of the guests. Of course, the members of the quartet donated their fees for the same cause. Even though the music was the star of the evening other artistic manifestations were present: painter Adrian Piticariu decided to donate for auction a painting that was sold for 1500 euros, money that were donated to the purchase of the scanner; also, a group of students from the 'Genesis Collegiate' Educational Group performed a pantomime moment.
Doctor Catalin Cristoveanu, head of the Neonatal Ward of the 'Marie Curie' Hospital, the one who managed to save hundreds of lives and to reduce the mortality rate in new-borns in Romania, confessed he was impressed with the event and confirmed that music has a crucial role in saving children's lives; not just by association, as it happened on Friday, 1st June, but also in a more direct manner:
'It was a successful evening at the end of which enough money were raised so that we can hope there are people out there who are willing to help, solidarity being the operative word in the event that took place on 1st June.'
Translated by Florina Sămulescu
MTTLC, Bucharest University