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‘Doctors in Concert’ make music, remove barriers for childhood learning ning F or more than 10 years local physicians have committed their time and talent to transition from practicing medicine to practicing music to benefit the Children’s Discovery Museum in Uptown Normal. “Doctors in Concert” started as a small recital to benefit the Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization created to support the mission of the museum to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. Over the years, the fundraiser has supported medical and health exhibits and programs. Concert Chair John Wohlwend and David Horine with Horine’s Pianos Plus in Bloomington developed the concept after Wohlwend noticed a doctor friend also held a fin fine arts degree in music. Local doctors quickly embraced the event and lined up to perform. “We have a multi-talented group of doctors in our community,” said Wohlwend. Above: Dr. D Ab David id “It’s no surprise our Skillrud on the piano. ‘Doctors in Concert’ demonstrate a level of excellence in both work and play.” Physicians perform classical and contemporary melodies on piano, violin, cello, guitar, and harmonica. Audiences enjoy a relaxing evening of music, appetizers, cocktails, and a silent auction. The popular fundraiser has continued to grow, requiring a larger venue each year. Wohlwend said the “Doctors in Concert” committee decided to expand the evening’s offerings this year and relocate to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center at 10 Brickyard Drive in Bloomington. This year’s concert will be held 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Advance tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. Student and senior tickets are $25. They can be purchased at the Children’s Discovery Museum, Horine’s Pianos Plus, Jack Lewis Jewelers, or at the door the night of the concert. Individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring this event should contact Amy Pitzer at the museum apitzer@ normal.org or (309) 433-3448. Multiple packages are available, and donations are tax deductible. Busey Bank and the Snyder Family Foundation are already proud supporters. Right: Dr. Meng Horng playing the guitar and harmonica. Left: Dr. Darrell Looney and his son Darrian perform the violin. “We are humbled by the generous health providers who are committed to removing barriers to educational and cultural experiences for children in our community,” said Beth Whisman, Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum. This year’s lineup of doctors incudes Dr. Jerry Antonini, Dr. Bill Bond, Dr. Darrell Looney, Dr. Joe Santiago Dr. Susan Sheppard, and Dr. David Skillrud. For more information check our website at visit childrensdiscoverymuseum.net or find the museum on Facebook and Twitter.