Classical musicians affiliated with a San Diego State University program have brought the healing power of their art to the bedsides of patients at Scripps Green Hospital this holiday season.
Classical guitarist Soran Dalawi and the Neave Trio string ensemble were featured in a Christmas day article by the UT San Diego about Heartpower Performances, a 4-year-old program at SDSU that brings music to at-risk audiences.
Soran spent Dec. 25 playing 8 to 12 minute concerts for patients in their rooms at the La Jolla hospital. The experience can be soothing, inspiring and transformative for the patient, hospital staff, visitors and the musicians.
Kimberly Corona, manager of volunteer services at Green and Scripps Clinic, described one special encounter between Dalawi and a woman who was facing surgery.
“She was highly stressed and very worried about the surgery,” Corona said. “But when he began to play these two very soothing pieces, other staff and patients gathered in the hallway outside her room to listen. When he finally finished, she breathed a sign of relief and said that hearing him play had finally relaxed her enough so she could sleep.”
The UT article: Musicians Bring Healing Power to Hospital for the Holidays, is not available at this time.