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VCU Health Orchestra to be featured on the 'Today' show

VCU Health Orchestra performing outdoors. VCU Health Orchestra performing outdoors (Photo: University Relations)

The “Today” show on Sunday will feature the VCU Health Orchestra, known as Music and Medicine, telling the story of the orchestra — which consists of health system nurses, physicians, administrative staff, support staff, students, alumni and community volunteers — and how it has recently started performing together again after more than a year apart because of COVID-19.

NBC News correspondent Catie Beck visited the MCV Campus on Thursday and interviewed several members of the orchestra, including Theresa Erichsen, a registered nurse and French hornist, who co-founded the orchestra in fall 2017.  

Also interviewed were cellist Christopher Chou, M.D., who joined the orchestra as a medical student and has continued while a resident at VCU Health; Bob Bowie, a psychotherapist and tuba player; and Francesco Celi, M.D., chair of endocrinology in the Department of Internal Medicine at VCU Health and violinist.

“Sunday Today with Willie Geist” airs live Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m. on NBC.

Music and Medicine is one of the few academic health center-affiliated orchestras in the country. It plays a mix of music, including orchestral, classical and pops for a broad audience. The orchestra’s mission is to promote wellness and enhance relationships among team members, patients, families, visitors and the community, and to support fundraising for local health-related charities.

The orchestra was also recently featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch: VCU Health Orchestra returns to music after battling COVID.