HAMPTON ROADS, VA [October 26, 2018] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Sentara Healthcare, will present a special presentation, Music and Medicine, this November.

Joined by Dr. Kamal Chemali and resident pianist Prisca Benoit of Sentara’s Music and Medicine Center, this insightful program will combine education and performance, giving audiences a deeper understanding of the relationship between music and well-being. Dr. Chemali will begin and end the program with a 10-minute lecture. VSO musicians Yun Zhang (violin), Satoko Rickenbacker (viola), Michael Daniels (cello), and David Savige (bassoon) – along with pianist Prisca Benoit ­– will perform two works by Mozart; the Sonata for Bassoon and Cello in B-flat major and the Piano Quartet in G minor.

Presentations will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7 in the Miller Studio at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, and 7 p.m. on Monday, November 19 at First Baptist Church in Newport News.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at virginiasymphony.org or by phone by calling 757.892.6366.

About Dr. Kamal Chemali, MD
Dr. Kamal Chemali is a neurologist in Norfolk, Virginia and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. He received his medical degree from Lebanese University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 8 doctors at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and one of 9 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital who specialize in Neurology.


As the region’s most celebrated musical, educational and entrepreneurial arts organization, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra continues to challenge expectations and push the boundaries of what an American orchestra can be – even as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020.

At the heart of the VSO’s narrative is innovation.  In 1991 the VSO made a very bold move in appointing the gifted young American conductor JoAnn Falletta as its music director. Since then, the orchestra has received national attention for its unique mission serving a home area of 1.7 million across the diverse communities of southeastern Virginia.  Through appearances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and commitment to adventurous programming, the VSO and its musicians have been highlighted in the media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and BBC Worldwide News.

As the largest arts performing organization in southeastern Virginia, the VSO and VSO Chorus present more than 150 concerts and events to educate, enlighten and entertain more than 100,000 residents and visitors each year. Recent innovations include health and wellness programs, including interactive therapeutic experiences for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  As it approaches its Centennial year, the Orchestra and its legions of fans look forward with anticipation as the VSO conducts a worldwide search for its next music director.

October 26, 2018

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