Culture and Health - Music, Soul and Body


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7 December 2021

The lecture series dedicated to "Culture and Health", the course of USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, open to the public and carried out in collaboration with the City of Lugano Arts Department and IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research continues. The seventh lecture will be held Monday, 6 December 2021 and will focus on "Music, soul and body. The contribution of music as a tool for treatment and health promotion".

The lecture will be introduced and moderated by Prof. Enzo Grossi, author of the book " Cultura e salute, la partecipazione culturale come strumento per un nuovo welfare". The guest speaker will be Alfredo Raglio, music therapist and researcher, who will give an introductory key-note speech to present the lecture's theme. The presentation will offer the cue for a discussion between Markus Poschner, chief conductor of the Bruckner Orchester Linz, music director of the Landestheater Linz and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, and Silke Gillessen Sommer, Oncologist, Medical and Scientific Director at IOSI and Professor at the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.

The lecture will take place from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Lugano East Campus Multipurpose Hall.

No registration is required to attend the course.

Please note: Access with Covid certificate (16 years and older), mask compulsory. 


Lesson content

The scientific literature confirms the healing power of music already known in ancient times and mythology. Over the centuries, music has become an object of interest in medical and neuroscientific fields. Solid scientific evidence supports the idea that music can be considered effective for healing in every age of life and many clinical areas. Sound and music stimulate and regulate emotions, attention, cognitive functions, communication and behaviour. An increasing number of studies are showing that listening to music: can make us happier and improve learning, especially at a young age; promotes connections between the hemispheres of the brain, communication and behaviour; as early as the perinatal period, improves early cognitive development; promotes active ageing and helps to manage and fight many diseases; helps to reduce stress, fight chronic pain, recover motor and neurological functions that a stroke or traumatic events have damaged. In addition, music is a resource for learning and relationships in the case of children on the autism spectrum or with attention deficit and language difficultie


Alfredo Raglio

In addition to academic musical training, he is a music therapist and researcher and scientific and educational coordinator of the Master in Music Therapy, Department of Public Health, Experimental and Forensic Medicine, University of Pavia. He carries out clinical and research activities in neuropsychiatry, psychiatry and neurology, collaborating with public and private institutions.


Markus Poschner

After his studies in Munich, he was assistant to Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Colin Davis. Chief conductor of the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, he was appointed first Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin in 2006. From 2007 to 2017, he took on the role of Generalmusikdirektor of the Bremer Philharmoniker. The Universität Bremen appointed him Honorary Professor in July 2010. Today he is chief conductor of the Bruckner Orchester Linz, music director of the Landestheater Linz and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.


Silke Gillessen Sommer

In 2011, she was granted the title of full professor at the University of Bern. Before her appointment, in 2019, as Medical and Scientific Director at IOSI and full professor at USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, she was a professor at the University of Manchester in the Division of Cancer Sciences, responsible for research in the systemic therapy of genito-urological cancers, also performing mentoring activities and dealing with post-doctoral training.


Music, Soul and Body - University course Cultura e Salute 2021