Healing power of music at Eskenazi Health

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Research shows that music can have an impact on how you heal and officials at Eskenazi Health are putting that research to the test.

The new Eskenazi Health campus is filled with beautiful works of art, natural light, and even a concert grand piano in the lobby. That’s because at Eskenazi, art in all forms is central to their model of health.

“Time for Three,” the artist in residence for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed at the campus on Tuesday for the first major musical performance of the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi.

Hospital officials said a donation by Tobias is what made the concert possible. She established the program and even donated a concert grand piano to the hospital.

Tuesday’s performance was part of the hospital’s public art program. It’s designed to engage patients, visitors and staff at Eskenazi Health in all forms of art.

“Of all the arts, music is known to heal because it lights up so many areas of the brain. It gives us a backdoor into the brain. It can help unlock memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, or help people with Parkinson’s disease move more fluidly. So, if it can do that, no wonder it lifts our spirits here and connects us to ourselves and to others,” Eskenazi CEO, Dr. Lisa Harris, said.

“Time for Three” is known for playing everything from Bach, to the Beatles to Katy Perry to Kanye. The event was free and open to the public.

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