Mankato Symphony News

Mankato, Minn—February 18, 2014—The Mankato Symphony Orchestra is pleased to

announce that award-winning pianist and psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan, M.D. will be

presenting a unique lecture and performing recital on Sergei Rachmaninoff. The performance is

titled “Deconstructing Rachmaninoff” and will take place Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the

Mankato West High School auditorium. This event will shed light on the depression and mental

breakdown Rachmaninoff experienced after the poor reception of his First Symphony, Op. 13.

With the help of his psychologist, Nikolai Dahl, Rachmaninoff overcame depression and wrote

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18. Dr. Kogan will be performing the concerto in its

entirety after the lecture. This is a performance for those curious about how mental illness

effects creative genius.

Dr. Richard Kogan is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center as well as

the Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. He also practices

psychiatry in the private sector in New York City. Kogan began music lessons at the age of four

and was enrolled at the Julliard School of Music, pre-college, until 18. Instead of attending a

music conservatory, Kogan attended Harvard College as a music major, where he also

completed pre-medical curriculum. Kogan was accepted into Harvard Medical School after

receiving his Bachelor’s degree. There, he participated in a specialized five-year plan that

allowed him to keep performing concerts.

In 2001, the American Psychiatry Association asked Kogan to give a lecture on musical creativity

and mental illness. This event launched him into a new way of combining his passion for

medicine and music. The result was a successful lecture-recital series that Kogan now embarks

on around the world, offering psychiatric insight into composers such as Schumann, Gershwin,

Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.

When asked how he can diagnose a historical figure, Kogan stated that it can be difficult.

It is indeed challenging to do a retrospective diagnosis…but there fortunately exists a

wide range of primary source material for many of the deceased composers whom I

have studied. Tchaikovsky, for example, exchanged approximately 1200 letters with his

patron…so we have information about his mental state…

Tickets are available through mankatosymphony.com and the TRCA Box Office at 507-387-1008 in

advance, and at the door.

Individual tickets

Gold Section—Adult: $25.00 each

Silver Section—Adult: $20.00 each

Bronze Section—Adult: $15.00 each

Any Section—Youth (Under 18 or with student ID): $5.00 each

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