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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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Bassoons, again

“People often confuse the words “bassoon” and “oboe….” I think it’s because the word “oboe” sounds sort of like a sound emanating from a bassoon: oboe. But the two instruments look very different. The oboe is small and black and your eyes pop out staringly when you play it, and it’s used all the time in movie soundtracks during plaintive moments, whereas the bassoon is a brown snorkel that pokes up at an angle above the orchestra. You almost feel you could play it underwater while the violists and oboists gasp and splutter.”

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.” 







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