Close Encounters With Music
Conversations With... Intimate and stimulating conversations about music and ideas.

Sunday November 10, 2019 at 3 PM
Seven Hills Inn
Lenox , MA

Three Gentlemen of Vienna—
Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler
Melinda Haas

Music speaks the language of the irrational, and it cannot, as Freud frustratingly found, be intellectualized or rationally explained. Musician and analyst, Melinda Haas is ideally suited to explore the interface between music and psyche. In her research, she has focused on the “inner other”—displacement, isolation and outsider status as a rite of passage that accompanies the creative act. Seen through the prism of Jungian analysis, with Vienna as the fraught backdrop for all three of these musical giants, she takes special note of their late music. Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler—each composer juxtaposes drama and joy, suffering and elation in their end-of-life oeuvres, endowing posterity with transcendent beauty. Haas will share highlights of a paper she recently presented in Vienna for the International Association of Analytical Psychology Congress. Before becoming a Jungian Analyst, Melinda Haas was accompanist for the Graham and Limón Dance Companies. Seven Hills Inn is one of the first grand Berkshire cottages, whose frequent guests included Leonard Bernstein, Beverly Sills, Seiji Ozawa, and Dave Brubeck.



Sunday March 29, 2020 at 3 PM
The Mount
Lenox, MA

Concetta Tomaino—Music and Medicine!

Close collaborator of Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of the breakthrough book Awakenings (made into a movie starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams), Concetta Tomaino has done groundbreaking research on the uses of music in the neurological rehabilitation of patients living with the effects of autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as stroke and trauma. She is executive director of the Institute for Music and Neurological Function and a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her work has been featured in A Matter of Dignity by Andrew Potok, The Mozart Effect by Don Campbell, Sounds of Healing by Mitchell Gaynor and Age Protectors (Rodale Press) and covered on the BBC and CBS News. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the UN; the Touchstone Award from Women in Music, and the Zella Bronfman Butler Award for “outstanding work on behalf of individuals with physical, developmental or learning disabilities.”


$20.00 includes light refreshment

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