(MIAMI) -- He's taught and performed alongside as many as 2,000 students in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. But this week the roles were reversed, as the students gave back to the teacher who they say taught them so much.
Thomas Moore, a violin professor at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., has stage IV kidney cancer and is expected to live just a few more weeks. The news prompted current and former students, some now professional musicians, to organize a concert in his honor.
More than 200 family and friends gathered at the First Presbyterian Church of Miami on Thursday, which was also Moore's 72nd birthday. One by one, his students took the stage to perform for their professor one last time, as he watched from the front row.
Moore's career includes serving as the Florida Philharmonic concertmaster, creating a chamber music festival in North Carolina and performing in concerts around the world, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
While it was billed as Moore's final concert, his students say it was mainly a night to celebrate a man who inspired them.
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