World-Renowned Concert Pianist and Psychiatrist Richard Kogan Explores the Mind and Music of Chopin on Oct. 10

Guest artist Richard Kogan.

Guest artist Richard Kogan.

World-renowned concert pianist and psychiatrist Richard Kogan takes the stage at CCM at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 10, for a celebration of the mind and music of Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric François Chopin.

Presented by the Friends of CCM and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, this unique concert program combines the cherished works of Chopin with observations about the relationship between the composer’s mind, his creative motivations and his music. A frequent performer with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Kogan is a Juilliard-trained pianist and an alumnus of Harvard Medical School.

About Richard Kogan
Richard Kogan has a distinguished career both as a concert pianist and as a psychiatrist. He has been praised for his “eloquent, compelling, and exquisite playing” by the New York Times, and the Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.” He has gained renown for his lectures and recitals that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors on the creative output of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.

He performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and gave an address entitled “The Power of Music in Healing Mind and Body” at the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has recorded a DVD for Yamaha/Touchstar Productions entitled Music and the Mind. Yo Yo Ma wrote of this DVD, “I came away from this extraordinary lecture and performance deeply moved by a fascinating presentation that only Dr. Kogan, psychiatrist and concert pianist, can deliver.” Kogan has won the Concert Artists Guild Award and the Chopin Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation and received the 2005 Artsgenesis Creative Achievement Award.

Dr. Kogan’s presentations are extraordinary, one-of-a-kind performances. He tells vivid stories about famous composers who suffered mental problems—frequent among highly creative people—while illustrating the composer’s work by exquisitely playing excerpts from their compositions. From composers such as Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Schumann, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Leonard Bernstein, Dr. Kogan shares an insight and journey into some of the most creative minds, while humanizing medicine and bringing more of the person into medical practice. Dr. Kogan will open your ears and eyes to the symphony that is humanity, music and medicine.

Kogan is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College, Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed a psychiatry residency and an academic fellowship at NYU. He has a private practice of psychiatry in New York City and is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College as co-director of its Human Sexuality Program. He is also co-chairman of the recently established Weill Cornell Music/Medicine Initiative.

Performance Time
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10

Location
Patrica Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets for this Prestige Event Series concert are $50 for general admission, $40 for Friends of CCM members. Event proceeds raised by the Friends of CCM support student Scholarships and travel for CCM’s “stars of tomorrow.” Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute’s sponsorships will benefit their core programs.

Tickets can be purchased over the telephone at 513-556-2100 or online at ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/TheMindandMusicofChopin. A dessert reception will follow the program.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

This performance is presented by the Friends of CCM and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.

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CCM Welcomes Cellist, Composer and Educator Mike Block for Master Classes and More Next Week

CCM welcomes Mike Block for two days of learning and creative music-making on April 8 and 9, 2014. Photography by Maria Camillo.

CCM welcomes Mike Block for two days of learning and creative music-making on April 8 and 9, 2014. Photography by Maria Camillo.

CCM welcomes pioneering multi-style cellist, composer and music educator Mike Block for two days of learning and creative music-making on April 8 and 9.

Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century,” Block studied at the Juilliard School where he joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and soon after Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years.

Block will give a workshop geared toward teaching creativity to string students from 7 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8. High school and collegiate students are also welcome to attend this session.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, Block will host master classes and workshops, which will run through 6 p.m. A concert and reception will follow from 7:30 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

All events at CCM are free and open to the public and take place in room 300 of the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center in CCM Village, unless otherwise noted.

Area teachers and students are encouraged to sign up for any and all events by emailing Professor BettyAnne Gottlieb at bettyanne.gottlieb@uc.edu

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Students From CCM’s Starling Program Featured on NPR’s ‘From the Top’

This month, NPR‘s popular program From the Top will feature students from CCM’s Starling String Project, who were taped at the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing last summer.

From the Top host Christopher O’Riley travelled to China to tape two concerts led by CCM’s Kurt Sassmannshaus, which will air at 9 a.m. on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 on Cincinnati’s WGUC (90.9 FM)!

Learn more courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s “Arts in Focus” blog here.

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CCM E-Media Welcomes Distinguished Alumnus Larry Hamby for Master Classes Next Week

CCM alumnus Larry Hamby.

CCM alumnus Larry Hamby.

CCM is proud to welcome alumnus Larry Hamby (BFA 1973) back to campus next week for a series of E-Media master classes on Oct. 4 and 5. A graduate of what was then known as the Broadcasting program at UC, Hamby has become a major figure in the recording industry.

The former senior vice president of Sony/BMG Entertainment, Hamby has worked with a “who’s who” of recording greats, including John Denver, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, the Carpenters, Moody Blues, Michael Jackson, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Willie Nelson, George Winston, Etta James, Yo Yo Ma and Joshua Bell. He has also signed many notable artists, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Imogen Heap and Sharon Isbin. Hamby was the recording project supervisor for Michael Jackson’s album Thriller.

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Constella Festival Offers Student Tickets for Anthony McGill Concert at CCM this Sunday

Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill

This Sunday, the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts brings Metropolitan Opera Orchestra principal clarinetist Anthony McGill to CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall for a festival-opening celebration. The performance begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, and students can purchase discount tickets for just $10!

Students can use the code “constellarush” to get up to 2 tickets at this discounted rate. A valid student ID is required to pick up tickets at the event. Tickets for this concert are sold exclusively through the Constella Festival. Visit the Constella Festival website for more information.

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CCM Alumna Performs On Annual Kennedy Center Honors Program

Anna Christy, soprano.

Anna Christy, soprano.

Congratulations to CCM alumna Anna Christy, soprano (MM Voice, ’00), who performed at the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors program last week.

The Honors Gala will be broadcast on the CBS Network for the 34th consecutive year as a two-hour prime-time special on Tuesday, December 27 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

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