Music has a powerful therapeutic effect on the body. Clinical music therapy can help stroke patients recover speech and improve gait. And, music can help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, relieve pain and improve cognition.

Upcoming Music & Medicine concerts

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Music has a powerful therapeutic effect on the body. Clinical music therapy can help stroke patients recover speech and it improves gait in patients with Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Music can also effectively help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, relieve pain and improve cognition.

The Sentara Music & Medicine Center is a leader in integrating music-based therapies as a treatment tool for improving the quality of life for patients, caregivers and members of the community.  For example, music therapists use music as a treatment modality to help patients reach treatment goals by strategically utilizing evidence-based techniques to treat areas such as: gait impairment, cognitive impairment and language disorders as well as difficulties with mood, anxiety and oping/adjustment.  And, the results can be profound for patients. 

The Center also brings world-class music to the patients in a healthcare setting to create a general effect of well-being, improve hospitalization outcomes and increase patient satisfaction.

To help illuminate the positive effects of music on health, Sentara neurologist, conservatory-trained pianist and medical director of the Sentara Neuromuscular & Autonomic Center, Kamal Chémali, MD and artist-in-residence and world-renowned concert pianist Prisca Benoit will host two 90-minute Music & Medicine lecture/concert sessions in the Hampton Roads area, please see details for each event below:

Music & Medicine Concert – Norfolk, Va.
• Date:  June 7th at 6 p.m.; Reception to follow
• Artists:  Kamal Chémali, MD, Sentara Healthcare, Prisca Benoit, artist-in-residence and Michael Daniels, principal cellist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
• Location:  Chrysler Museum, Kaufman Auditorium

Music & Medicine Concert – Williamsburg, Va.
• Date:  June 9th at 6 p.m.; Reception to follow
• Artists:  Kamal Chémali, MD, Sentara Healthcare,  Prisca Benoit, artist-in-residence and Jennifer Debiec Lawson, principal flutist with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
• Location: Kimball Theatre (tickets required)

We invite all members of the community to join us for these fascinating presentations.  To learn more about this unique program, visit the Sentara Music & Medicine Center website.