With participation from the University of Tennessee Music Division, a concert that highlights the value of music through the collaboration of science, art and therapy now is available on the web.
The entire Power of Music concert can be seen on YouTube through July 1. During the COVID-19 pandemic, music has provided an escape, a refuge and a source of education during the COVID-19 pandemic, concert organizers said.
“Music is essential to human experience, but most people are generally unaware of the vast advances that have recently been developed in science-based music therapy practices,” they said.
Musicians taking part in the concert are tenor Richard Cox, pianist Martha Summa-Chadwick and violinist Mark Reneau.
In addition to the concert, a panel of experts discusses the power of music across such areas as, among others, therapy, education and community connections.
Panel members are:
- UTC Music Division Head Stuart Benkert,
- Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Bob Bernhardt,
- Director of the Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center at the Orange Grove Center Rick Rader,
- Music Therapy Gateway in Communications Executive Director Martha Summa-Chadwick.
Former Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander also speaks on music’s power for individual people. Stratton Tingle, executive director of SoundCorps in Chattanooga, speaks on the power of music in the community.
The concert and symposium are funded through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.