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Music & Medicine

November 12, 2021 at 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Explore the intersection of music and medicine and delight in a chamber music concert performed by the talented Concord Conservatory of Music faculty.

The evening will feature a conversation with Dr. Lisa Wong of Harvard Medical School and Geoff Edgers of The Washington Post.  They will discuss numerous topics,  including what happens in your brain when you play music, which great composers were also connected to the medical field, and how music has become more deeply used as a therapy to treat patients.

The musical performance will feature chamber music performed by CCM faculty members Yelena Beriyeva, piano, Egle Jarkova, violin, and Stephen Marotto, cello. They will present Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Trio elegiaque No. 1 and works by Jean-Marie Leclair, Astor Piazzolla, and contemporary composer Judith Weir.

This concert is made possible by the generous support of Emerson Hospital.

Purchase Tickets in advance or payable at the door for this event.

CCM’s Covid policy requires those over 12 must show proof of vaccination, and we ask you to please wear your mask in the building at all times. Thank you!

Dr. Lisa Wong is a physician, author, and musician dedicated to life-long learning and incorporating the arts intoDr. Lisa Wong medicine and medical education. She is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and has played violin and viola in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Boston’s medical orchestra, for over 30 years. An international speaker on arts and health, Lisa is a co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School and the Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH). She advises several arts and education organizations and serves on the boards of Conservatory Lab Charter School, New England Foundation for the Arts, and A Far Cry ensemble.  Lisa is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine, and practices at Milton Pediatric Associates. Her first book, Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of Music and Medicine in 2012. Lisa lives in Newton with her husband, violinist Lynn Chang. She has two children and two adorable grandchildren.

Geoff Edgers is an American journalist and writer who is the national arts reporter for The Washington Post. He previously worked for the Boston Globe. Edgers is the author of “Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music Forever.” He also hosted the “Edge of Fame,” a podcast produced by The Washington Post and WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, that profiles figures such as Norm Macdonald, Ava DuVernay, Roseanne Barr and Chevy Chase. In 2010, Edgers produced and starred in the music documentary “Do It Again,” about his attempt to reunite the Kinks. His articles have appeared in magazines such as GQ, Spin and Wired. Edgers has also published children’s books on Elvis, the Beatles and Stan Lee, and contributed to WBUR Boston. In 2013, he hosted a Travel Channel reality TV series called “Edge of America,” and in June 2013 he was awarded a New England Emmy for work on a video for the Boston Globe. Edgers joined The Washington Post in September 2014 as the paper’s national arts reporter and hosts the military history series “Secrets of the Arsenal” on the American Heroes Channel.


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