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Grammy-Award winner Larnelle Harris to perform at "Healing Gift of Music” Concert


UKIAH, CA – Everyone has been “touched” by music. It heals our hearts, eases our minds and satisfies our souls. In an effort to bring the healing power of music to the community, Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC) is sponsoring a special concert, “Healing Gift of Music” featuring Grammy award-winner Larnelle Harris and other talented musicians, including violinist Jaime Jorge, pianist Sam Ocampo and Ukiah’s very own, vocalist and violinist, Margie Salcedo-Rice. 

The concert, scheduled on Sunday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 1390 Laurel Avenue in Ukiah. 

Guests will be treated to Gospel legend Larnelle Harris’ unique style, which has earned him five Grammys, 18 Dove Awards, and a Stellar Award. He has the singular honor of being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame while being a member of the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Harris has also garnered 19 No. #1 national radio singles and countless top 10 hits. Songs such as "How Excellent Is Thy Name," "I Miss My Time with You," and his signature song, "Amen," are now considered modern gospel classics. His hit with Sandi Patty, “More than Wonderful” has inspired audiences across the globe. 

Harris sang at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush in 1992, was the first Christian artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union (as part of a project that distributed four million Russian New Testaments), and has sung on stages around the world, including South Africa and U.S. troops at the border between North and South Korea in 2004.

“I'm looking forward to coming to Ukiah. I want to thank UVMC for offering this opportunity to unite the community and worship together,” said Harris. Also bringing the gift of music and sharing their talent to the community is internationally acclaimed violinist Jaime Jorge pianist, arranger, and producer Sam Ocampo, and vocalist and violinist Margie Salcedo-Rice.

Jaime Jorge began playing the violin at the age of five. Born and raised in Cuba, he was offered many opportunities – including offers to study in Moscow with some of its greatest musicians – if only he and his family would renounce their belief in God. The family refused and when he was 10, they were able to come to the United States, where Jorge received a Christian education and began studying with eminent violinist Cyrus Forough. Becoming an impressive violinist, he has traveled more than six million air miles and has played in North, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. He has recorded 17 albums.

Born in Peru, Sam Ocampo moved to the United States with his family when he was a teenager. He studied classical music at Stanford University while attending high school in Mountain View, California and college in Angwin, California. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he holds degrees in music and chemistry. He has recorded more than a dozen albums as pianist, arranger and producer and performed in concert at the Lincoln Center's Avery Hall, the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California, and Loma Linda University. Ocampo has also toured across the US, Canada, Brazil, Latin America and Europe. Ocampo is also a healthcare professional who has worked with a number of health systems, including Sutter Health, Adventist Health, and Lakeland Health. 

Margie Salcedo-Rice, local vocalist and violinist has appeared on the popular Voice of Prophecy Family Reunion Video and Concert Series since 1998. In 2005 she performed at the General Conference Session of SDA in St. Louis, the ASI convention in Sacramento and Net 98 and 2005 with Doug Batchelor. She also appeared with Batchelor in Washington, D.C., on the “The Ten Commandments” evangelistic series featured live on 3ABN. In 2009 she performed on 3ABN with Evangelist Kenneth Cox, Family Reunion Concert with the Voice of Prophecy in Palm Springs and has given concerts all over the country and abroad. She is currently the concert mistress of the Ukiah Symphony Orchestra and now on her twenty-fourth season. Salcedo-Rice gives private violin lessons and directs the Ukiah Junior Academy Chorale, a group of students at Ukiah Junior Academy. In 2005 she performed at Carnegie Hall with her youth choir and in 2006 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The concert, which promises to be an amazing experience of talent and healing, is free and open to all faiths, and all ages. Gwen Matthews, CEO and President of UVMC says the goal is to unite the community in healing and worship, regardless of their faith. “Music is a powerful medicine; it soothes the soul and brings joy and hope regardless of whether one is going through medical issues or personal ones,” she explains. “Our goal is to bring that healing power of music to our community, which ties in so beautifully with our overall mission,” she adds. 

No reservation is needed for this free event. For more information about the Healing Gift of Music concert, please call (707) 467-5270. To learn more about Larnelle Harris, visit

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