Music on the Mind

Monday, May 13, 2024 - 6:30 PM
Hamilton Garden, Kimmel Center

Hamilton Garden, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street Learn More

$10.00 per ticket

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About This Event

Meet us at the intersection of art and science, in the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden, for a panel discussion exploring A Song by Mahler, with a reception to follow. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania take the stage with the creative minds who brought A Song by Mahler to Philadelphia for a conversation about how both art and science can change the way we portray, care for, and love those living with cognitive impairment.

Panelists include composer Marc Neikrug; designer/director Doug Fitch; lighting designer Nicholas Houfek; mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano; neurologist Dr. Anjan Chatterjee; Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, Executive Director/Co-Founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function; and geriatrician Dr. Jason Karlawish.

The Panel

Marc Neikrug, composer
Composer Marc Neikrug has had an international career for 30 years. He has written chamber music, symphonic music, music-theater, and opera. Major performances have taken place with the New York, Los Angeles, and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the symphonies in Pittsburgh, Houston, Atlanta, Cincinnati, New World (Miami), St. Louis, Washington DC, Chicago, Utah, Dallas, Phoenix,… Read More
Doug Fitch, director/designer
Visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch, who collaborates on A Song by Mahler with lighting designer Nicholas Houfek, is known for his acclaimed and innovative productions of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen for the New York Philharmonic, Puccini’s Turandot for The Santa Fe Opera,… Read More
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Nicholas Houfek is a New York City-based lighting designer working in music, dance, and theater. Selected projects include: Claire Chase’s Density Project (The Kitchen,) International Contemporary Ensemble, Oyá by Marcos Balter (NY Philharmonic, Soloist for Light,) Natalie Merchant, Maya Beiser, Ojai Music Festival, Silk Road Ensemble, Tyshawn Sorey’s Perle Noire directed by Peter Sellars (OMF,… Read More
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
A naturally gifted singer known for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry, Jennifer Johnson Cano has garnered critical acclaim for committed performances of both new and standard repertoire. In response to her performance as Virginia Woolf in The Hours with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera News praised her “impressive tone and dead-on pitch throughout a wide range,… Read More
Concetta M. Tomaino, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Institute for Music & Neurologic Function
A pioneer in the field of music therapy, Dr. Concetta Tomaino is both the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) and formerly Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System, (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services) Internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation,… Read More
Jason Karlawish
Jason Karlawish, physician/writer
Jason Karlawish researches and writes about issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging, and the neurosciences. He is the author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It and the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr.Read More