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The Medicine of Music
October 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Violinist Vijay Gupta, a social justice advocate and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, headlines the annual Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture. Presenting on “The Medicine of Music,” Gupta will describe music’s redemptive power and how it can help bring people back from their darkest times.
After joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic at 19, Gupta was introduced to Nathaniel Ayers, a Juilliard-trained cellist who, due to schizophrenia, became homeless on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Gupta became Ayers’ teacher and began wondering how many others like him were among the city’s homeless. As a result, Gupta founded “Street Symphony,” bringing music to those who are homeless or incarcerated. As a result, he received a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship — often called a “Genius Award.”
A pre-event reception begins at 5:00 p.m. in the UT Health San Antonio Holly Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. The presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to all. Registration encouraged.