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Feb. 28: 'The Mind and Music of George Gershwin'

Juilliard-trained concert pianist and Harvard-educated psychiatrist Richard Kogan to present a lecture/performance.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-17-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Juilliard-trained concert pianist and Harvard-educated psychiatrist Richard Kogan will present a lecture/performance titled “The Mind and Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Wiecking Auditorium (Wiecking 220).

The event is free and open to the public.

Kogan’s presentation will explore the impact of psychological factors and psychiatric illness on the creative output of the great American composer George Gershwin. The program will include performances of Gershwin masterpieces such as “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Porgy and Bess.”

Kogan’s biography at says: “He has been praised for his ‘eloquent, compelling and exquisite playing’ by ‘The New York Times,’ and ‘The Boston Globe’ wrote that ‘Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.’ He has gained renown for his lectures and recitals that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors on the creative output of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein.”

Kogan is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College, Harvard College, and Harvard Medical School. He completed a psychiatry residency and an academic fellowship at New York University. He has a private practice of psychiatry in New York City and is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College as co-director of its Human Sexuality Program. He is also co-chairman of the recently established Weill Cornell Music/Medicine Initiative.

The event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Arts and Humanities and Department of Psychology.

For more information, please contact Emily Stark, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Psychology, by phone at 507-389-5822 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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