Rayport Brain-Behavior Lecture to focus on Gershwin

March 14, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Staff


Dr. Richard Kogan will speak and give a piano performance at the Seventh Annual Rayport Brain-Behavior Lecture Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

The mystery of creative genius will be explored through an examination of the mind, music and life of the great American composer George Gershwin (1898-1937).

Kogan will analyze the psychobiographical elements that led to the creation of masterpieces that include “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Porgy and Bess.” His discussion will be illuminated by his performances of Gershwin’s most glorious music.

A distinguished concert pianist and psychiatrist, Kogan has been praised for his “eloquent, compelling and exquisite playing” by The New York Times, and The Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.”

He serves as artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program and co-director of the Weill Cornell Human Sexuality Program. He has a private psychiatric practice in New York City.

Kogan is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College, Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed a psychiatry residency and an academic fellowship at New York University.

He has gained renown for his lectures and recitals that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological forces and psychiatric illness on the creative output of composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Bernstein. He has given these presentations at music festivals, concert series, medical conferences and scholarly symposia throughout the world.

Kogan recorded a DVD titled “Music and the Mind: The Life and Works of Robert Schumann” for Yamaha/Touchstar Productions. He delivered an address on “The Power of Music in Healing Mind and Body” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

He has won numerous honors, including the Concert Artists Guild Award, the Chopin Competition and the Artsgenesis Creative Achievement Award.

A wine and cheese reception will follow Kogan’s talk and performance.

Reservations are requested for this free, public lecture and performance, which are sponsored by the UT Department of Psychiatry and the College of Medicine Alumni Affiliate. Reservations can be made at the Alumni Events page at www.toledoalumni.org where events are listed by date.

See Kogan performing Gerswhin’s “Rhapsody in Blue (Part 1)” here.

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