The annual Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture will explore “The Medicine of Music,” presented by violinist Vijay Gupta, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant winner.
The lecture is at 6 p.m. (reception at 5 p.m.), Thursday, Oct. 17, in Holly Auditorium.
Violinist Vijay Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 19. Two years later, he began giving lessons to Nathaniel Ayers, a Juilliard-trained musician whose mental illness led to homelessness on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The experience was life-changing for Gupta, who founded “Street Symphony,” which brings the healing power of music to Skid Row and the Los Angeles County jails. In 2018, Gupta was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for his efforts. In “The Medicine of Music,” Gupta explores the connection between music and mental health, explaining why music’s redemptive power may hold more potential than we realize.
The lecture is presented by the center for Medical Humanities and Ethics. Free and open to the public.