Created in 2009, Donatori di Musica is a nonprofit network of musicians, health-care professionals, volunteers, patients, and their families, who organize free concerts in oncology departments throughout Italy. Only established professional musicians are invited to perform, and since the program’s inception, over 200 musicians have presented more than 160 concerts for thousands of inpatients in oncology departments throughout Italy. Each performance ends with a buffet, during which patients and performers mingle. Taken together, these elements make Donatori di Musica concerts unique. ■
“Surely again, to heal men’s wounds by music’s spell.”
—Euripides, Medea (480-406 BC)
Commonly defined as organized sound, music has a unique power to stir human emotions, moods, and impressions. The salutary effect of music on the sick has been reported since antiquity. Aristotle and Plato wrote...