It is impossible to adequately summarize the depth and breadth of the remarkable gathering, which seems to grow in scope, energy and enthusiasm from year to year.
Among the highlights for me were:
~Pianist/psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan's presentation on the life, psychology and psychopathology of George Gershwin, which included a full scale performance of Rhapsody in Blue!
~Dr. Sandra Bertman, professor of thanatology and palliative care at Mt. Ida College, introduced us to a series of images that expressed the life cycle of birth and death and led a vibrant discussion on perception and appreciation of art.
The talk was very well attended, and sparked many new conversations on the overlap of music and healing into the fields of medicine and education.
The challenge in each of these settings is to bring education, the arts and healing together and striking the right balance. What a thrill it was to share the table with these two leaders in their f