Italian pianist Gloria Campaner plays the piano during a concert for cancer patients in Beirut.
Music is food for the soul. It has an unusual power, a power that makes you forget the pain you’re experiencing. Even if it means for some time.
A Lebanese hospital brought music and medicine together on Friday in a concert for cancer patients.
Italian pianist Gloria Campaner played two of Beethoven's best known works – Moonlight Sonata and Fur Elise.
"Music has healing power, it gives hope," said Laura Lahoud from the Al-Bustan music and arts festivals that helped stage the recital at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre.
Patients sat in the front row, some with their IVs.
Nurses and visitors listened in, while some doctors sat down to type up their notes as they soaked up the music.
"We are fighting disease with music," said Hala Dahdah Abou Jaber, president and co-founder of the medical centre's Cancer Support Fund, which helps adult cancer patients in need.
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