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Μusic at Gretna has filled the Mt. Gretna Playhouse with music since 1976 and Leffler Performance Center at Elizabethtown College since 1995. At the core of our mission is the great stream of Western music that began a millennium ago in Europe and gathered force as musicians from all countries and continents joined the flow through centuries. Among humanity’s greatest achievements, that music has become a universal means of communication that can be enhanced by expressive and creative performance. We try to be courageous explorers of our vast musical universe.


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Music at Gretna, Inc., is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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Is Music the Ultimate Placebo?

What theory explains why homo sapiens, almost alone among species (excepting a few exotic birds on YouTube), have made music since the ‘origin’ of their species?

Musicians with Dystonia: practice makes imperfect

At the age of 19 when he was studying law against his wishes while also a piano student competing with his teacher’s daughter Clara, with whom he was in love against her father’s wishes, drinking too much, actively searching for his sexual identity, feeling anxious and depressed, and fighting loneliness after his teacher took Clara away for months, Robert Schumann began to lose control of the middle finger of his right hand. He tried various remedies to no avail, including mechanical contraptions and also a cutting-edge medical treatment of 1831, “inserting the ailing extremity into the moist belly of a slaughtered animal.”

Treasure Your Hearing

I have lost significant hearing over a lifetime playing and attending concerts.The word, “presbycussis,” implies (falsely) that hearing loss that comes with aging is ‘normal’  or inevitable. There are two main reasons for progressive age-related hearing loss: 1) the DNA in your inherited genome, and 2) the cumulative effect of a lifetime of exposure to sound. The former you can’t avoid; the latter you can. Just remember a first sentence in a recent issue of Consumer Reports: “Our shoppers purchased … 48 hearing aids … ranging from $1,800 to $6,800 per pair.”

Watch Your Back

Although this post has little to do with music, the odds are good that some musical readers will find it useful. Chronic low back pain is the most common cause of disability and the largest category of medical expenditure in the US healthcare system. The system’s response to it is a good example of what is wrong with the system. Treatment consumes about $100 billion a year in the US, 9% of total health care costs, not counting the cost of lost work. The fact that more than 200 cures are currently promoted amply shows that only a few can be proven slightly better than no treatment at all — and only in selected cases.







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