The University Record, November 5, 2001

Quartet offers healthy dose of music

By Kara Gavin
Health System Public Relations

The Medici Quartet. (Photo courtesy Health System)
It’s not unusual for the U-M to welcome international classical music performers, and world-renowned science lecturers. But the campus will get both at once when Britain’s acclaimed Medici String Quartet arrives Nov. 14 for two days of public and academic appearances celebrating the intersection of science and art.

The quartet is led by violinist and professor Paul Robertson, who in addition to his three decades of performing has developed an expertise in the science behind music creation and appreciation. He will give a free lecture, “Music and the Mind,” at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in the MCHC Auditorium, located near the entrance of Mott Children’s Hospital.

Then, Nov. 15, the quartet will present two concerts: a free recital of music by Haydn and Mendelssohn at noon in the lobby of University Hospital, and an 8 p.m. performance of Haydn, Janacek and Ravel at Kerrytown Concert House for which admission will be charged.

During the visit, the quartet also will meet with health science students, physicians, and with members of the Life Sciences, Values and Society Program, to discuss the role of music in the healing process, and neurological aspects of performing arts.

Now celebrating its 30th year of performing, the Medici String Quartet has built a worldwide reputation, appearing to critical acclaim in more than 35 countries and making more than 40 recordings. Besides Robertson, the quartet includes violinist Stephen Morris, violist Ivo-Jan van der Werff, and cellist Anthony Lewis. Among the recent highlights of their career was a 1996 television series, “Music and the Mind,” examining the profound relationship between music and the human brain.

For more information on any of the public events, call Gifts of Art, (734) 936-ARTS (2787).