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October  2017 Update

MUSIC GOT ME HERE had its premiere screenings at the Middleburg Film Festival to sold-out and very enthusiastic audiences --  receiving standing ovations at both screenings.   It was especially fitting for the first screening to be held at The Hill School, where Tom taught music for many years and first met Forrest, who was his young student.      

A sold out crowd at The Hill School.

A sold out crowd at The Hill School.

Q & A followed the screening with Forrest Allen, Tom Sweitzer, Director Susan Koch and Forrest's parents Rae Stone and Kent Allen.  And of course, Tolliver! 

Q & A followed the screening with Forrest Allen, Tom Sweitzer, Director Susan Koch and Forrest's parents Rae Stone and Kent Allen.  And of course, Tolliver! 

Tolliver presented Director Susan Koch with flowers.  

Tolliver presented Director Susan Koch with flowers.  

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A rave review in the LOUDOUN TIMES.:     

http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/music_soothes_the_soul_and_heals_the_body_for_these_two_middleburg_men

 

It's been quite the month for Forrest Allen  including speaking with Tom at the Kennedy Center as part of the NIH/Kennedy SOUND HEALTH Conference on "Music and the Mind".    Check out Forrest's  blog as he describes his latest adventures.


MUSIC GOT ME HERE was honored to be part of a groundbreaking and fascinating conference led by renowned soprano Renee Fleming and Dr. Francis Collins, head of NIH, the foremost bio-medical research institution in the world.  On June 2 and 3 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C, leading music therapists, neuroscientists, and musicians (including the National Symphony Orchestra, Ben Folds, and EMPIRE’s Jussie Smollett) came together to explore the powerful connections between music and the brain. Excerpts from the MUSIC GOT ME HERE were screened followed by a terrific conversation with film subjects Tom Sweitzer and Forrest Allen.

Here is some coverage of the conference — and the SOUND HEALTH initiative launched by NIH and the Kennedy Center. 

"The Soprano And The Scientist: A Conversation About Music And Medicine"

by Robert Siegel, NPR

"Where Sopranos and Scientists Meet"

by Sound Health, The Kennedy Center

"In Washington, an alliance between symphonies and scientists"

by Lev Facher, STAT News

"An NIH-Kennedy Center Initiative to Explore Music and the Mind"

by Renee Fleming, Dr. Francis Collins, JAMA