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“Doctors in Concert” Make Music, Remove Barriers for Childhood Learning

For more than 10 years, local physicians have committed their time and talent to transition from practicing medicine to practicing music to benefit the Children’s Discovery Museum in Uptown Normal.

“Doctors in Concert” started as a small recital in the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center auditorium to benefit the Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation. Over the years, the fundraiser has supported medical and health exhibits and programs at the museum. Concert Chair John Wohlwend and David Horine, with Horine’s Pianos Plus in Bloomington, developed the concept after Wohlwend noticed a doctor friend also held a fine arts degree in music. Local doctors quickly embraced the event and lined up to perform.


“We have a multi-talented group of doctors in our community. They enjoy this unique chance to share something special they have to offer outside of their professional practice,” said Wohlwend. “It’s no surprise our ‘Doctors in Concert’ demonstrate a level of excellence in both work and play.”


Physicians perform classical and contemporary melodies on piano, violin, cello, guitar, and harmonica. Audiences enjoy a relaxing evening of music, appetizers, cocktails, and silent auction treats. Ticket and auction proceeds support the nonprofit Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation.


The popular event has continued to grow, requiring a larger venue each year. Wohlwend said the “Doctors in Concert” committee decided to expand the evening’s offerings this year and relocate to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center at 10 Brickyard Drive in Bloomington.


This year’s concert will be held 6:00 to 8:30pm on Saturday, April 7. Advance tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. Student and senior tickets are $25. They can be purchased at the Children’s Discovery Museum, Horine’s Pianos Plus, Jack Lewis Jewelers, or at the door the night of the concert. Individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring this event should contact Amy Pitzer at the museum This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 309-433-3448. Multiple packages are available, and donations are tax deductible. Busey Bank and the Snyder Family Foundation are already proud supporters.


Doctors in Concert has raised more than $75,000 over the years and we are humbled by the generous health providers who are committed to removing barriers to educational and cultural experiences for children in our community,” said Beth Whisman, Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum.


This year’s lineup of doctors incudes Dr. Jerry Antonini, Dr. Bill Bond, Dr. Darrell Looney, Dr. Joe Santiago, Dr. Susan Sheppard, and Dr. David Skillrud.
The Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to support the mission of the Children’s Discovery Museum to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. To learn more about upcoming events and programs, visit childrensdiscoverymuseum.net or find the museum on Facebook and Twitter.



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