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Second Annual Legacy Society Luncheon strikes a chord

Event recognizes donors, highlights emerging field of music and medicine
Posted October 17, 2017

Video produced by Renee Fischer

Are there connections between music and healing? Members of the Johns Hopkins Legacy Society gathered for a special event held on September 14 to hear how Johns Hopkins faculty are addressing that question.

The Second Annual Legacy Society Luncheon, Music and Medicine: Finding Harmony, brought together more than 130 Legacy Society members to the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, home to the Engineers Club of Baltimore, where they enjoyed a reception, lunch, and special presentation. The recognition event celebrates donors who have made a commitment to any area of Johns Hopkins through an estate or a life income gift.

Guests learned about the Center for Music & Medicine, a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins Medicine, and its mission to enlist the healing power of music and ensure the health of musicians. One of the center's co-directors, Alex Pantelyat, MD – assistant professor of neurology at the Johns School of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Atypical Parkinsonism Center – delivered a presentation on his research exploring the links between music and healing.

“Johns Hopkins is the ideal institution to lead the emerging field of music and medicine,” said the event's Master of Ceremonies Liza Bailey, Johns Hopkins Legacy Society co-chair and a member of the University, Medicine, and Health System Boards of Trustees. “The Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine consistently earn top national rankings – and Hopkins is home to America’s first conservatory, the Peabody Institute.”

The Peabody String Sinfonia, a student-led, conductor-less ensemble closed the event. Sinfonia performs throughout the local community, aiming to bring healing and beauty through music to those facing challenging circumstances. Indeed, their performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's “Air” provided a beautiful ending to the Second Annual Johns Hopkins Legacy Society Luncheon.