• Wed (12/05) 7:30


December 5 -

The Hippodrome Cinema Partners with Sing for Life for “A Late Quartet”

The Hippodrome Cinema is proud to announce their partnership with the Arts in Medicine program for the Cinema’s upcoming award-winning film, A Late Quartet. It tells the story of a string quartet, played by a star-studded cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir, based in Manhattan who must learn to cope when one of the group members, played by Christopher Walken, becomes diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s. The story journeys through the musician’s struggle with the disease physically and mentally as he continues to persevere and embrace the music for as long as he can.

On December 5, the Hippodrome Cinema will be teaming up with Sing for Life, a group of singers who are living with Parkinson’s, to spread awareness about the debilitating disease as well as the healing power of music. Sing for Life, a program that evolved in the summer of 2011, practices at the University of Florida and provides patients with creative ways to develop strategies for vocal strength and efficiency. The group will be performing between the 5:30 screening and the 8:00 screening of the film on December 5 in the cinema.

To learn more about Sing for Life, see below. To find out when A Late Quartet will be screening, click HERE.



Directed by Professor Ronald Burrichter and Dr. Brenda Smith of the School of Music, “Sing for Life” is a program of weekly voice classes intended to improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers by developing strategies for vocal strength and efficiency.  The program is an initiative sponsored and facilitated by the Arts in Medicine at UF program.  “Sing for Life” joined two other comparable offerings, namely, “Dance for Life” and “Art in Motion”.  All three programs take place weekly on the University of Florida campus and include student volunteers who enhance the experience while learning about the arts in healthcare.

“Sing for Life” began in the summer of 2011 with a pilot study that determined both need and efficacy.  In the fall of 2011, five patients and their caregivers joined four student volunteers in weekly one hour sessions led by Professor Burrichter and Dr. Smith.  In the ensuing terms, the group has nearly doubled in size and has continued to draw an enthusiastic following from students.  The sessions build the vocal skills of relaxation, posture, breathing and resonance.  Though the class works as a group, each singer is given some individual attention weekly.  Each session includes group singing of familiar songs and rounds, chanting of poetry and limericks as well as discussion of current trends in voice science as they relate to singing and health.  The musical training provided intensifies the mind-body connection, improving cognitive awareness and acumen.  Our work has shown that singing skills strengthen the lung capacity and efficiency of our singers.  The vocal range and the pitch accuracy of each singer have improved incrementally.  From their “Sing for Life” training, our singers report an increase in confidence and vocal stamina. The act of singing lifts the spirits and gives each singer a joyful activity that can be continued at home.  All activities are performed in a seated position for comfort and safety.  The results of our efforts are evaluated regularly.

“Sing for Life” meets Mondays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in the McGuire Dance Pavilion at the University of Florida.  No previous experience is required.  A new session will begin on Monday, January 7, 2013.  For more information, please email Dr. Smith at gesang@ufl.edu.