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Christiana Care Launches In-Hospital Concert Series

Master Players @ Christiana Care co-presented by University of Delaware

Live music will drift through the lobbies of Christiana Care Health System beginning on Oct. 30, when the health system launches its inaugural concert series at Christiana Hospital.

Known as Master Players @ Christiana Care (MPCC), the concerts are made possible through a partnership between Christiana Care and the Master Players Concert Series from the University of Delaware (UD).

“Music has long been associated with the healing arts,” said Drewry Nash Fennell, chief officer of Strategic Communication and Experience at Christiana Care. “From the surgeon who listens to their favorite music in the operating room, to the new mother who relies on her favorite playlist to ease the pains of labor, humans find a special power in music to comfort and heal.”

This innovative partnership aligns with Christiana Care’s commitment to delivering an exceptional experience to patients, their families, and its visitors. Additionally, music can provide a respite to busy employees who serve their neighbors each day.

The series, which runs through spring 2019, will bring a rich and wide array of world-renowned musicians to Christiana Hospital as well as the UD campus. Led by Xiang Gao, an international concert artist, producer and the UD Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music, MPCC will feature the Delaware debuts of several artists of international visibility.

“Since the 1800s, researchers have found the healing power of music to be highly beneficial for patients,” Gao said. “As a cultural ambassador for the University of Delaware, Master Players plays a leading role in creating the harmony between music and wellness in the local community. By partnering with Christiana Care, we’re looking to bring people together over the bond of music and to provide the healing gift of music to patients, visitors and employees alike.”

The MPCC concerts, which will feature a variety of musical genres such as folk, jazz and holiday music, are free and open to hospital patients, visitors and caregivers.


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About ChristianaCare

Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,430 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 2nd best health system for diversity and inclusion, and the 29th best health system to work for in the United States, and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.

About the Master Players Concert Series
Master Players Concert Series & Festival (“Master Players”) brings a rich and wide array of world-class musicians to Delaware and to underserved local communities. The series’ hallmarks are its high artistic standards, the Delaware debuts of remarkable artists, and its diverse and distinctive programming. Master Players, entering its 15th season under the direction of its founding director Xiang Gao who is also the recipient of the Delaware Governor’s Award in the arts, is now a flagship presenter of performing art the mid-Atlantic region with a core focus on education and community service.