Day 2 ended with a concert by the Santa Fe Chamber Musicians that included Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony, conducted by Alan Gilbert, and the Mendelssohn Octet, performed by 8 outstanding musicians including members of the former Guarneri String Quartet, Alan Gilbert and his sister Jennifer (I later overheard Gilbert saying, "remind me never to play the violin right after conducting - it uses such different muscles...my hands feel like marshmallows")
Day 3 raised the question of how our new knowledge could be used to move the field forward and how to apply our work to the individual and the community. Berklee College Music Therapist Suzanne opened the day with music and demonstrated music's effect on reducing pain and stress and its ability to empower patients in hospital settings.
She was followed by a presentation and performance by violinist/educator Adrian Anantawan who presented "Music Moving Forward: Adaptation and Evolution," He spoke of his own journey of becoming a violinist, his work as a disability advocate, and his interest in making music accessible to all. Anantawan described a recent chamber music performance that included a young former violinist who was quadriplegic, yet still able to participate musically with the help of new computer programs. Following his remarks, Adrian concluded with a performance of Elgar's "Salut d'Amour."
At the end of the day, I stepped out of the Eldorado Hotel to explore Santa Fe. It is such a beautiful town filled with art galleries, public art, and music. It was also a craft fair weekend - the streets were blocked off to welcome the white tents of the many artists and artisans. I spent my last few hours in this magical town interviewing artists about their art and what inspired them.
Bravo to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Conference co-Chairs who framed ... and achieved..these objectives:
"The overall goal of the Symposium is to bring “world class” scientists, physicians, healthcare professionals, and therapists to Santa Fe to interface with “world class” musicians, and, to present cutting edge research and
the state of the science in three areas of investigation:
1) how the development of the brain in early childhood and how cognitive development, language, emotion, and memory are influenced by various forms of music;
2) how music can be used to promote wellness and healing in patients with serious medical conditions including cancer, neurologic, developmental and cognitive disorders such as autism, and other chronic health conditions; and
3) how music promotes well-being in an individual and a community.