Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cellist Michael Fitzpatrick Performs for UI&U's Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation

Fitzpatrick has worked closely with the Dalai Lama for 13 years. His performance marks the launch of UI&U’s Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation.

CINCINNATI - Following his performance for the opening of the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Bloomington, IN, award-winning cellist Michael Fitzpatrick will perform at the New Thought Unity Center for the inauguration of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation. The new center is part of the doctorate in psychology program (PsyD) at Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university headquartered in Walnut Hills.

Hailed by The New York Times as “possessing virtuosity, an ear for musical dialogue,” Fitzpatrick is a recipient of the Price Charles Award for outstanding musicianship and has worked closely with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama for the past 13 years. In addition to collaborating with the Dalai Lama at global events, he worked with him on the historic Compassion Rising project inspired by the Dalai Lama’s relationship with the late Thomas Merton. The project featured the unprecedented musical collaboration between Tibetan and Trappist monks recorded and filmed inside Mammoth Cave.

Fitzpatrick was also instrumental in bringing together the Dalai Lama and Muhammad Ali for their historic first-meeting, performing his signature composition Invocation for World Peace for Solo Cello to commence the Blessing Ceremony of the Chamtse Ling Temple in Bloomington.

“Michael is at the forefront of musicians who utilize music as a vehicle for inducing feelings of peace, and we very honored that he is able to perform for the inauguration of The Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation,” said Dr. Richard Sears, director of the new center that is dedicated to researching and promoting the clinical uses of mindfulness and meditation to foster mental wellness in individuals, schools, and organizations.

The concert is in partnership with New Thought Unity with sponsorship from A Small Group. It will take place Friday, May 21, at 7p.m. at New Thought Unity Center, 1401 E. McMillan Street, Walnut Hills. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. A reception with Michael Fitzpatrick to celebrate the new center will immediately follow the performance. To order tickets call 513-961-2527 or visit For more information on UI&U and the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation visit


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