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Healing the Body, Mind and Spirit Through Music

Author / Writer: Anna Haerle

Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine Hosts Concert Featuring Concert Violinist Eugene Ugorski and Scripps Music Therapist Barbara Reuer, PhD

San Diego—A music concert to soothe the soul and promote healing will feature the talent of violin prodigy Eugene Ugorski. The concert, hosted by Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, will also feature music therapist, Barbara Reuer, PhD., who will speak on the connection between music and the healing of the body, mind and spirit.

The concert will take place on Saturday, January 15, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. with an outdoor dessert reception to take place after the concert. The musical performance and dessert reception will take place at The Neurosciences Institute, 10630 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA. 92121. Tickets are $30 per person.

Dr. Reuer, who leads music therapy classes at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, says music has a powerful healing influence. “Whether you like Bach or rock, music can affect you. It can excite you, relax and calm you, lower your blood pressure, make you happy or sad.”  Reuer adds that several research studies demonstrate the impact music has on the body. Used before surgery, music can lower patient anxiety and stress, reducing the amount of anesthesia needed. Research has also shown that music decreases chemotherapy side effects such as nausea, vomiting and anxiety and for women giving birth, music can shorten the length of labor.

Violin prodigy Eugene Ugorski was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1989. When he was five, Eugene and his parents, who are also accomplished musicians, moved to San Diego. Eugene made his professional debut in 1998, as one of the soloists with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Today the 15-year-old musical virtuoso is gaining national and international attention having recently performed on opening night with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra and this past summer gave four notable concerts in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For the January 15th concert, Eugene will be performing with his parents, Valeri, a flutist, and Luba, a pianist, who have performed throughout Europe.

To purchase tickets for the concert please call Suzanne Swanson at (858) 678-6364. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the evening event.

This performance is part of the “Performing Arts at The Neurosciences Institute,” a series of cultural events presented as a community service to support the arts in San Diego and underscore the special relationship between the arts and the human brain.

The Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine is located at 10820 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, Ca. in the Shiley Pavilion adjacent to Scripps Green Hospital. The center weaves together the best of conventional and complimentary medicine offering traditional medicine to scientifically validated complimentary approaches.

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is celebrating 80 years as a not-for-profit, San Diego-based health care system. Scripps’ 2,600 affiliated physicians and 10,500 dedicated employees treat 525,000 patients annually across the San Diego region through five acute care hospitals, an ambulatory care network, and home health care services. More information can be found at www.scripps.org  [ end ]

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