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Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall hosts Music and Healing, an online collection of conversations along with a full concert and excerpts performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, with musicians, special guest artists and experts who share ways in which music can help us understand, process, express and accept the anxiety that so many of us feel and experience.

Music and Healing video collection

YouTube Digital Concert Hall

Interviews and performances include:

  • Sonia Mantell, Cello & Greg Milliren, First Associate Principal Flute
  • Molly Joyce, Composer
  • Chastity Brown, Singer/Songwriter
  • Lazerbeak, Composer/Producer
  • Dr. Hubert Lim, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota
  • Mariann Johnson, Mindfulness Instructor
  • Dr. Kelvin Lim, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota
Sarah Hicks

A note from conductor and creator Sarah Hicks

Music has been not only the focus of my professional life, but also an important facet of my well-being. It helps me explore my emotions, keep grounded in the present and cope with anxiety. Creating dialogue around music and mental health has always been important to me, and so it’s a joy for me to invite you to “Concert and Conversation: Music & Healing”. 
The Minnesota Orchestra and I will be sharing the stage with scientists, musicians and mindfulness experts to create a discussion around the neurobiology of anxiety, the ways in which music can help us express and process anxiety, and how music can be foundational in a mindfulness practice. The concert will also feature a world premiere of a work inspired by audience responses to their own experiences with anxiety, as well as singer-songwriter Chastity Brown, whose music touches on mental health. I hope you’ll join us for a very special evening of music, conversation and connection.

- Sarah Hicks

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Many of us are experiencing heightened states of anxiety and depression. If you need support, please reach out to a trusted friend, family member or healthcare professional. Learn more and find help and resources at namimn.org or in a crisis call 988.  

Music and Healing Series Advisors

University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing