Fund-raising concerts in Brazil

When music helps heal the soul and children with cancer

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Brazilian actress Andréa Bassit

On October 3rd 2009, TUCCA/INCTR Brazil organized another successful family event in a series of fundraising concerts. TUCCA - TUCCA - an NGO for poor children and adolescents with cancer in Brazil- is closely associated with the Brazilian Branch of INCTR. The TUCCA orchestra, led by the conductor João Mauricio Galindo, together with the actress Andréa Bassit performed in front of hundreds of young children and their parents, who all came to learn about the history of classical music and its various instruments in an entertaining way. About fifty thousand dollars were raised by selling tickets as well as books, DVDs, dolls and props based on the performance on that day. The TUCCA orchestra also performed on October 6th, 2009 at the Opening Ceremony organized for participants to the 41st SIOP meeting in Sao Paulo. In the” Sala São Paulo” concert room more than one thousand people embarked on a musical journey through Brazilian rythms and songs.

The idea of organizing fund-raising concerts initially stemmed from Dr Sidnei Epelman and his wife Claudia’s passion for classical music. Dr Epelman - the President of TUCCA and INCTR Brazil - together with fellow classical music lovers from the TUCCA Board of Directors, started by approaching famous Brazilian musicians and asking them to help raise funds for the treatment of children and teenagers with brain tumors. The first concert was organized in 2000.
Since then, more than 80 concerts were givenhave been held, mostly by what became to be known as the TUCCA orchestra. Several world-famous musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, duo Labeque, Nelson Freire, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Freddy Cole, Ute Lemper and Sumi Jo have also played in benefit concerts for the organization.

Each concert is a purely magical moment, when people from various walks of life gather to listen to music whilst contributing to the fight against pediatric cancer.

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Brazilian conductor João Mauricio Galindo

Patients from the TUCCA in-patient ward at St Marcelina Hospital in Sao Paulo are among the orchestra’s best fans, as TUCCA concerts are asprovide many opportunities for them to forget about their disease for a few moments. Their enthusiasm is now widely shared with classical music lovers, but also doctors, nurses and numerous families across Sao Paulo.

Neither music nor cancer have barriers. Music in all its forms can be enjoyed while at the same time benefiting patients with cancer anywhere in the world.

INCTR plans to build upon the highly succesful and inspiring experience of TUCCA. Dr Epelman explains that ‘Music for the Cure’ is a creative fund-raising tool devised and developed by TUCCA to maintain and optimize conditions for state-of-the-art treatment of poor children and adolescents in Brazil. He believes that it can be successfully replicated in other cities and countries to raise funds for INCTR. Dr Epelman adds that TUCCA will be happy to share its infrastructure and expertise with INCTR Branches and Offices to organize other “Music for the Cure” events to raise funds for children with cancer in other countries.

Link to TUCCA website

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