Northwest Austin concert to benefit new teaching hospital

Proceeds from Central Texas Medical Orchestra's Sept. 12 concert benefit construction of a new teaching hospital at the University of Texas.

Proceeds from Central Texas Medical Orchestra's Sept. 12 concert benefit construction of a new teaching hospital at the University of Texas.

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A group of health care professionals are working in harmony to raise funds for Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.

The Central Texas Medical Orchestra, a volunteer group of doctors, nurses and other health care workers, will launch its 2015-16 performance season Sept. 12 with a benefit concert for the new teaching hospital. Half of the proceeds from the opening performance’s ticket sales will go toward funding construction of the facility, which is scheduled to open in spring 2017.

There is a synchronicity between music and healing that makes the Medical Orchestra a perfect place to spread the word about the new teaching hospital, said Chris Kazen Attal, director of Development at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

“We’re happy to be their kickoff concert for the season,” she said. “We need every bit of help we can get.”

The Medical Orchestra raises funds to support medical nonprofits in the Austin area.

Attal said Dell Seton Medical Center is in the midst of a $50 million fundraising campaign to pay for construction of the teaching hospital. The Susan and Michael Dell Foundation issued a challenge grant in 2014, agreeing to match $25 million in donation funds; Seton is about $12 million away from reaching its goal, Attal said.

Gina Chavez—an advocate for nonprofit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and winner of the Austin Music Awards’ 2015 Musician of the Year Award—will be the guest artist for the Sept. 12 performance. Seton Healthcare Family has partnered with HAAM as part of its mission to care for the poor and vulnerable.

The concert will take place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased through www.ctmorchestra.org/concert-season.

Attal said The Fifty, a group of Austin leaders committed to helping Seton reach its $50 million fundraising goal, will host Studio 50 for Seton, a disco costume party fundraiser Oct. 17 at Brazos Hall on East Fourth Street. For more information visit https://futureofcare.supportseton.org/events.


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