Unusual Concert of Music that Heals

An unusual concert last night at the Larry Sitsky Room, ANU School of Music, saw the culmination of a week-long residency involving German neurologist/flautist Prof Eckart Altenmüller, an authority in the area of music and the mind.

Staged as an informal concert with a short talk in the middle, the event allowed Altenmüller, a trained flautist, to join ANU woodwind lecturer and flautist Sally Walker, in demonstrating that music can speak louder than words with an animated rendition of Carl Philip Emanuel Bach’s “Trio in B flat Wq.161/2”, supported by Natalia Tkachenko at the piano.

Photo by Peter Hislop

Photo by Peter Hislop

A performance by composer-pianist Cyrus Meurant of two movements from the work, “Monday to Friday” followed. Meurant’s soothing composition, intended for nursing home residents, has been nominated for “Innovation of the Year – Dementia Solution” at the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.

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