Head of Medical Program Says Orchestra ‘Transforms a person’s mind’

October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON D.C.—Dr. George Ceremuga, chief of Integrated and Holistic Medicine at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, was impressed by the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performance at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. The veteran physician took in the performance on Oct. 12.

Dr. Ceremuga said about the Shen Yun orchestra’s performance that “It’s wonderful … taking the best of the both worlds [Eastern and Western].”

According to orchestra’s website, “Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra blends the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western orchestra. All-original compositions draw upon five millennia of culture and legends. Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments—like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa.”

Dr. Ceremuga said, “If we had the soft Asian music piped into the hospital, it would be very healing, very soothing. People would be able to relax, feel a lot calmer and get that vital life energy in their bodies.”

Dr. Ceremuga said he also enjoyed the performance of the Shen Yun vocalists.


“The performance was wonderful. There’s a lot of talent and a lot of gifted musicians that we just witnessed, and so they get my utmost respect. I wish I could sing like that or play an instrument like that. It is a gift that they’ve been given,” he said.

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Ceremuga said, is “an event that transforms a person’s mind, allows them peace, gives them a sense of purpose, actually softens their heart, and opens them up to be more kind and loving.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Heide B. Malhotra

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is on a seven-city tour with performances in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, Chicago, Miami, and Sarasota, from Oct. 4–27. For more information, visit Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.

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