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Nov. 11, 2003

Psychiatrist, Pianist Richard Kogan To Perform Nov. 17-18

Psychiatrist and concert pianist Richard Kogan, M.D., will explore the inner struggles and creative output of the Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky with two performances Nov. 17-18 at the University of Iowa.

Kogan will present "Tchaikovsky: Music and Melancholy" at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building, and at noon Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the atrium lobby of the John Colloton Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The events are free and open to the public.

Beginning at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 17 in Harper Hall, prior to Kogan's lecture/concert, the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine student string players, Stringendo medicosum, will perform an abbreviated version of Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence."

Through discussion and performance of selected pieces of Tchaikovsky's work, Kogan will shed light on how the composer's depression affected his compositions, which are noted for their sensitivity, melodic quality and rhythm. Tchaikovsky is perhaps best known as a master composer for classical ballet, as demonstrated by his scores for "Swan Lake," "The Nutcracker" and "Sleeping Beauty."

Kogan is co-director of the Human Sexuality Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, and he maintains a private practice in New York City. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kogan has forged a career as both a practicing psychiatrist and a concert pianist, addressing the relationship between creativity and mental illness.

Kogan's musical training began at the Juilliard School, where collaboration with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Lynn Chang first developed; the three continue to perform regularly as a trio. Well regarded as both a recitalist and an orchestral soloist, Kogan is a first-prize winner of the Chopin Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Concert Artists Guild Award.

Kogan's UI visit is sponsored by: the UI Carver College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum; the UI Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences; the UI Department of Psychiatry; Project Art at UI Hospitals and Clinics; and the UI School of Music.

For more information, contact Margaret LeMay at 319-335-8051 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,