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MUSIC & MEDICINE: FEATURING DR. KAMAL CHÉMALI & PRISCA BENOIT

Shaftman Performance Hall • Presented by Jefferson Center
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 3:00pm

Music & Medicine- A Lecture-Concert featuring Dr. Kamal Chémali, Neurologist and Pianist Prisca Benoit, Artist-in-residence in collaboration with VTC, The Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts  Program, Sentara and Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Ticket Price:

$10, General Admission

(plus service fee)


Dr. Kamal Chémali, Sentara Neurologist and pianist Prisca Benoit, Sentara Artist-in- Residence will host a special 90-minute lecture-concert highlighting the beneficial and therapeutic effects of music on health and disease. Music has a powerful therapeutic effect on the body. Scientific research has proven that the body benefits when music is played.

Through music, parts of the brain damaged by disease can be reactivated. Patients, whose language has been affected by stroke, often improve when music is added to their treatment. Music can also improve gait stability, blood pressure, pain levels, anxiety and cognition. The Sentara Music and Medicine Center focuses on integrating music-based interventions as a treatment for improving the quality of life for patients, caregivers and members of the community. Through clinical research, The Sentara Music and Medicine Center team is committed to furthering the body of knowledge pertaining to the benefits of music on health and disease.

Dr. Kamal Chémali specialized in Neurology at Case Western Reserve University-University Hospitals of Cleveland and sub-specialized in neuromuscular diseases, electromyography and neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Chémali started studying the piano at age 7 and continued his musical activities throughout his medical studies and training. Combining his role as a physician and a musician, Dr. Chémali’s firm belief in the power of music in connecting people and in healing disease led him to start at the Cleveland Clinic, where he has been on the Faculty for 12 years, the Doctor-Patient Music Connection Program, where physicians and professional musicians perform for patients in a hospital setting, and the Music and the Brain™ Concert-Symposia, educational scientific symposia on the effect of music on the nervous system, incorporating live performances. An active researcher in the field of music and neuroscience, Dr. Chémali presents lectures and concerts that illustrate the important effect of music on health and disease. 

Since October 2011, Dr. Chémali has been practicing at Sentara Neurology Specialists where he founded and is directing the Sentara Neuromuscular and Autonomic Center and the Sentara Music and Medicine Center.

Prisca Benoit is a French pianist hailed for her “intense and powerful sound” and her “refined pianistic touch with countless colors.” After graduating with honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) of Paris and furthering her studies at Indiana University, Ms. Benoit, a prizewinner at major international piano competitions, has performed with prestigious orchestras including Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Capitole of Toulouse, New Japan Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, to name a few.  

A recording artist, Ms. Benoit continues to appear regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in different parts of the world.  As a well-recognized educator and sought-after pedagogical innovator, and an Associate Professor of piano at the Superior National Conservatory of Music of Paris, she has incorporated the principles of paramedical specialties into her piano pedagogy and has collaborated for many years with Dr. Kamal Chémali in researching the relation between music and medicine.  Their lecture-concerts have captivated musicians and scientists alike, all over the world.


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