Andrew Janss, founding cellist for the acclaimed Escher Quartet, current cellist for Break of Reality and Executive Director of Project: Music Heals Us speaks with Renee Bodie, General Manager of Soka Performing Arts Center, in a conversation about the non-profit he directs, and the first hand experience of playing music to COVID patients in hospitals, and inmates in prisons. Find out how and why the organization was started, how world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma became involved, how it responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the profound impact the music has on the people hearing it and the musicians performing the concerts. Janss will also discuss the upcoming documentary film about the organization and the importance and ability of music to bring people together and provide healing for those in need.
Project: Music Heals Us’ mission is to provide inspiration, education and healing through live music performances and interactive programming to marginalized communities across the United States, with a focus on the disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless
This event is part of the Manager’s Choice Series, curated by General Manager Renee Bodie to introduce or explore further the musicians, acousticians and others who are involved in projects that take place outside the traditional performance space.
A question and answer session will follow the interview.