Creative artists throughout history have been especially vulnerable to mental illness. Dr. Richard Kogan, a Juilliard-trained concert pianist and Harvard-educated psychiatrist, presents a program that explores the connection between the troubled mind and the creative output of the great German composer Robert Schumann. Dr. Kogan explores how the racing thoughts and sharpened imagination of Schumann’s hypomanic states brought about prodigious bursts of creativity—until the onset of psychosis led to Schumann’s tragic final years in an asylum. The presentation includes Houston Symphony musicians’ performance of the Andante Cantabile movement from Schumann’s Piano Quartet, with Dr. Kogan on piano.

“Through a unique combination of brilliant psychiatric insights and superb musicianship, my musical colleague Richard Kogan presents a rich multidimensional profile revealing some of the most intimate sources of Schumann’s enormous creativity, imagination and artistry.” —Yo Yo Ma

Schumann Festival Lineup: Catch all of the performances and events at Jones Hall and beyond. Schedule & tickets

Dinner & Drinks: Enjoy a special German menu at the Encore Café inside Jones Hall! Stay after the presentation for dinner and drinks in the lobby. Menu

Ticket Information
This is a free event, but ticket reservations are required. You may use the link below to reserve tickets.

*This unique arts in health presentation is made possible by a collaboration between Houston Symphony and Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine. This lecture qualifies for Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit Offered to Physicians. For more information and to register, please contact CPAM@houstonmethodist.org.




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