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A musical interlude

Berkeley Symphony players gave members and employees a brief musical vacation at the Kaiser Permanente Berkeley Medical Offices.

Berkeley Symphony Artistic Director René Mandel and First Violinist Matthew Szemela recently serenaded Kaiser Permanente employees, physicians, and members at the Berkeley medical offices with healing sounds of live music.

Mandel said that listening to music relieves stress and takes people away, at least for a moment, to another place and time.

“Now more than ever, people need food for the body, mind, and soul, and what better way than live music?” said Mandel. “That’s essentially why we played.”

“The tribute of healing sounds was priceless,” said Goran Kalas, Kaiser Permanente East Bay medical group administrator. “Since opening the Berkeley medical offices in May, the community has been extremely welcoming and appreciative of our partnership in health.”

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