Musicians from the UTC Department of Performing Arts, and the non-profit organization Music Therapy Gateway In Communications (MTGIC) will combine their talents in a concert designed to educate and entertain the audience on the positive therapeutic outcomes for motor, speech, and cognitive challenges utilizing music as a direct conduit into the brain. A pre-concert lecture discussing music and the brain is scheduled at 7:00 pm, followed by a 7:30 concert featuring Robert Schumann’s stunning Piano Quartet in E flat major, opus 47.
Pianist and MTGIC Executive Director Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick will be joined by Mark Reneau on violin, Dr. Josh Holritz on viola and violin, Heather Smith on cello, and Dr. Nikolasa Tejero on clarinet for the performance. The first half of the concert features the Schumann piano quartet, composed in 1842 during Schumann’s “year of chamber music.” Schumann wrote much of his music with the help of his imaginary alternate personalities named Florestan (passionate and outgoing) and Eusebius (dreamy and inward), and was afflicted with what doctor’s would probably diagnose today as a severe form of bipolar disorder. The second half of the concert features a group of lighter works by Paquito D’Rivera, Steve Reich, and Astor Piazzolla. These delightful pieces will be highly engaging to the audience and also demonstrate the effectiveness of music in encouraging the body to move with the rhythm, making it difficult not to tap a finger or toe along with the music.