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2024 Guthaner Lecture: The Mind and Music of George Gershwin

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 27 Iyar 5784

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMTalk in the Sanctuary (In Person Only); Reception to Follow in the Social Hall

A Musical Evening With Dr. Richard Kogan
This event will be held in person only.

Juilliard trained concert pianist and Harvard educated psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan will give a lecture/concert that explores the impact of psychological factors and psychiatric illness on the creative output of the great Jewish American composer George Gershwin. The discussion will be illuminated by piano performances of beloved Gershwin masterpieces including Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess.


Richard Kogan has a distinguished career both as a musician and as a physician. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program, he has been praised for his “eloquent, compelling and exquisite playing" by the New York Times, and the Boston Globe wrote that "Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world's two most demanding professions." Dr. Kogan has gained renown for his lecture/concerts that explore the origins of creativity in the great composers. A master storyteller, he has given these presentations at music festivals, medical conferences and scholarly symposia throughout the world.

The Ernst Guthaner Endowment Fund for Cultural and Educational Programming was created by Beth Am member Diana Guthaner in memory of her beloved father, Ernst Guthaner. Each year, the Guthaner fund sponsors a special program relating to Jewish culture and education. Please consider a donation to the Guthaner Fund.

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