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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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All-Night Vigil; Rachmaninov’s Vespers

Добро пожаловать на наш фестиваль русской музыки!

During my first 24 years of life in the Soviet Russia, having studied classical music and its history at a full-time music school for eight years, I had no idea about the existence of the Vespers or any other sacred music by any other composer whatsoever! This is how well this information was locked away from public eye in the Soviet Union.

Music vs. Alzheimer

The results suggest that sustained music training or involvement is associated with improved . . . cognitive functioning in older adults.  A good example of the difference between hopes, aims, claims, programs, unequivocal beliefs, ultimate goals, and evidence-based science–when you talk about the reasons for playing and listening to music.

Can Music Heal?

What to make of a recent WSJ editorial with broad generalizations, aims, and assertions like, “the ancients’ drums, rattles and digeridoos–had huge diagnostic and healing properties,” or music “enhances the brain’s ability to facilitate healing,” or “music is believed to recruit uninjured parts of the brain to compensate for parts that have been injured, and help those parts that are injured recover.”