Suzanne Hanser: Tuneful Treatments

Friday / October 2, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park
United States
Music not only energizes and calms us; research shows that it has powerful healing properties. Music can ease pain, lower blood pressure, and relieve anxiety and depression. It can even alleviate the symptoms of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, mitigate the side effects of cancer, and help women in childbirth.
Join Music Therapy department chair Suzanne Hanser for a fascinating discussion, punctuated with musical examples, of how the neurobiological foundations of music are leading to new treatments for a variety of health problems.
Seating is limited. Seating passes are available to the general public in the Museum of Science lobby beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the evening of the program. First come, first served. Museum members may reserve a limited number of seating passes in advance. For member reservations, call between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday the week of the program only: 617 589-3169.

Tommy Thompson

Wednesday / February 25, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Thompson is co-founder, charter member, and past chair of Alexander Technique International. A former assistant professor of drama and managing director of Tufts Arena Theater at Tufts University, he teaches locally for the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard's American Repertory Theatre.

In addition to his private teaching practice and worldwide workshops, Thompson has directed a training school for Alexander teachers in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1983, where he has taught the technique to professional and Olympic athletes, dressage riders, scientists, physicians, musicians, symphony conductors, dancers, actors, children, and people with disabilities.

He has lectured and given over 300 workshops for Alexander teachers and students in the United States, Canada, the Middle East, and Europe. Tommy was special Alexander Technique assistant to the 1976 Olympic United States Heavyweight Rowing Crew. He cowrote Scientific and Humanistic Contributions of Frank Pierce Jones, with whom he studied.