At its February 18 concert, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra partnered with the Music and Medicine program of Sentara, a Norfolk-based healthcare organization, for a discussion and survey concerning the impact of music on health and well-being. Audiences at the concert of Beethoven works at TCC Roper Performing Art Center in Norfolk participated in a survey to gauge the physiological and psychological impact of the event on concertgoers’ health. Dr. Kamal R. Chémali, a neurologist with Sentara Medical Group, led a post-concert discussion of scientific research about music and medicine, and pianist Prisca Benoit, a resident musician in Sentara’s Music and Medicine program, was one of the soloists in the Beethoven Triple Concerto. The Sentara Music and Medicine Center, based in southeastern Virginia, focuses on music therapy for patients as well as treatment for the medical and psychological conditions that singers and performers face.
Posted February 22, 2016