Music and medicine celebrated at new event Feb. 16

• Music Academy presents Heartstrings Feb. 16 at U of I College of Medicine in Rockford

Staff Report

Alumni from The Music Academy in Rockford will demonstrate the connection between music and medicine at a gala new event, Heartstrings, to be held Saturday evening, Feb. 16, at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave.

Over the 27-year history of the Music Academy, we have been captivated with the connections between music and medicine and the sciences,” said Marti Frantz, Music Academy director.

The College of Medicine is also interested in the connections between music and medicine, especially in terms of the academic preparation of music students.

Among the alumni returning for Heartstrings are those who have excelled in their fields as surgeons, scientists, researchers and leaders in scientific fields,” Frantz added.

A highlight of Heartstring: Connections between Music and Medicine will be a concert by Music Academy alumni from around the country. They will perform the final movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E Flat major, Opus 20, and the first movement of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043.

Among the alumni performing will be Hiran Fernando, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in St. Louis; Shelby Latin, 2011 Artist in Residence for the Racine Symphony; and Emily Herdeman Kelly, violinist with the Houston Symphony. Emily also will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, in the First Lutheran Church Sounds from the Sanctuary.

Other Academy alumni performing in the main concert include Adam Kallstrom, Julianna Kallstrom, Madeline Herdeman, Alan Hale, Patty Lee, Shannon Englert, Michaela Myers, Joanna Nerius, Jessica and Julia Lucido, Ben Keller, Jon Rozman, Rachel Walk Hofmann and Kristiana McCombs. Alumni participating are returning from New York City, Connecticut, Texas, Wisconsin and various points in Illinois.

Additional performances at Heartstrings will include a preconcert presentation by Music Academy students and post-performance jazz by alumnus Jon Rozman and his trio. The event is being dedicated to the late Donald E. Vidican, M.D., a long-time supporter of The Music Academy.

In addition to delights for the ear, the event will include cocktails, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and elegant desserts by Chef Paul Sletton of abreo.

Heartstrings will begin at 6 p.m. at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Reservations are $90 per person or an “ensemble” table of eight for $700.

Other Music Academy alumni interested in returning to play the Bach Double Violin Concerto are welcome to participate. They need to contact Marti Frantz at or (815) 986-0037 by Jan. 31.

More about Heartstrings and reservations for the event is available at or (815) 986-0036.

From the Jan. 23-29, 2013, issue

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