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Music is the best medicine

Dr. Irving Coven

July 16, 2008

Music proved to be the best medicine during a special concert for patients and families.

Part of Volunteer Services’ Entertain Sinai concert series, the gathering on the 17th floor featured music by the Varsity Jews, a University of Toronto a cappella group, Angela Wang, a flautist and Mount Sinai volunteer, and long-time Mount Sinai breast cancer surgeon and pianist Dr. Irving Koven.

Though he has retired from medicine, Dr. Koven returned to Mount Sinai where he tickled the ivories on a full-size digital piano. The piano was donated to Mount Sinai that same day by Mr. Michael Remenyi, owner of Remenyi House of Music Ltd.

“This piano was a lovely donation by Remenyi to Mount Sinai,” says Joanne Fine-Schwebel, Director of Volunteer Services. “Patients and families loved the music, and now patients and staff will be able to borrow the piano from Volunteer Services when they need it.”

As always, the latest Entertain Sinai concert was a huge success. Patients and their families clapped their hands and sang along to the music, thoroughly enjoying the festivities.

“I thought the concert was a lot of fun,” said Toby Ciglen, the wife of a patient. 

“We had a ball. This really was the best medicine!”

The next Entertain Sinai concert takes place on the 17th floor on August 13. For more information about Entertain Sinai, contact Volunteer Services at 416-586-4800 ext. 8200.