Charity Concert for Cancer Research
On March 17th, 2018, the new cancer research foundation Forschung hilft! (Research helps!) invited to a charity concert by the German Doctors Orchestra in the grand concert hall of the conservatory of Würzburg University.
The wonderful performance started with Carl Maria von Weber’s overture Master of the Spirits. Conducted by Alexander Mottok, Weber’s music shined brightly. The concert eclipsed with Elisabeth Müller’s stellar performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ impressionistic violin concerto No. 3. Standing ovations after Robert Schumann’s 3rd symphony were rewarded with a special feature of Alexander Mottok’s own composition. – A fine evening indeed!
The German Doctors’ Orchestra was founded in 1989. Its 150 members are predominantly medical doctors of all disciplines but also pharmacists, nurses and medical students. Many of them have a professional musical education. The orchestra consists exclusively of volunteer musicians and are led by Alexander Mottok, a freelance conductor. For more than ten years, the orchestra’s hallmark has been to perform charity concerts at the highest musical level.
The new foundation Forschung hilft! – Research helps! supports promising research projects and extraordinary achievements of scientists at the University of Würzburg, for example through scholarships. Invigorated by the crowdfunding campaign “Your Immune System Becomes Your Weapon Against Cancer”, Würzburg’s foundation “Hilfe im Kampf gegen Krebs” donated €100,000 to the new foundation when it was founded in mid-December 2017. Since then, Forschung hilft! aims to achieve its goals through donations. The Beilhack lab’s research approach has been selected by this charity to propel immunotherapy for cancer treatment.