Park Nicollet is proud to announce the spring 2014 lineup for New Century Sessions:
Minnesota Monthly columnist Tim Gihring named New Century Sessions the “Best New Local Music Series” in the Twin Cities. Previous concerts in the series have included Jeremy Messersmith and Rogue Valley.
As partner and lead sponsor for this original concert series, Park Nicollet is excited to provide a venue for artists to share their inspiration, music and stories. The New Century Theatre offers an up-close and personal experience – the perfect place to showcase the songs and stories of big local artists – and demonstrate that music has the ability to comfort, heal, connect, support and inspire.
“Music nourishes the human spirit and promotes healing and comfort for our patients,” said David Abelson, MD, Senior Executive Vice President, HealthPartners and CEO of Park Nicollet Health Services, noting that music therapy is offered at Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Struthers Parkinson’s Center, Melrose Center and Methodist Hospital. “We are excited to be supporting local community artists, and celebrating the power of music with local artists who inspire, comfort and heal through their storytelling and music.”
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Music evokes powerful emotions – hearing a few notes of a special song can take you back to the dance floor at your wedding, your high school football field or a grandparent’s kitchen. The human brain’s response to music provides real-world benefits, enough to affect your mental and physical health.
Park Nicollet was one of the first to offer music therapy for patients with cancer or in hospice; it also has been successfully integrated into management of Parkinson’s disease and eating disorders. “Our five music therapists sing and also play a variety of instruments,” says Dawn Miller, a music therapist at Park Nicollet. “Many patients and family members will sing along or play instruments with us. Others choose to close their eyes, relax and just soak in the music.”
Music therapy provides a wide range of benefits. For patients with Parkinson’s disease, music therapy can sharpen sensorimotor and cognitive skills. People with eating disorders can use music to express feelings and learn relaxation and coping strategies. Music therapy helps oncology patients lower their levels of anxiety while receiving chemotherapy.
For patients in hospice care, music therapy can enhance pain management and also support grief and bereavement by encouraging communication between family members. “Music offers a safe way for many people to express their feelings and emotions,” Miller says. Music therapy services are made possible by gifts to Park Nicollet Foundation.
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