An interview with Heather Buchman, the Carolyn and David M. Ellis ’38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and Director of College Orchestra & Chamber Music, will air at noon today on WCNY-FM (Utica 89.5, Syracuse 91.3) and will be posted afterwards on Classical Companion” on WCNY-FM.
The show, hosted by Diane Jones, features musicians sharing the music they turn to for calm and uplift in uncertain times. In the interview, Buchman discussed the meditative works that help her during times like this.
Buchman reflected on the interview, posting this on Facebook and Twitter:
“I've heard and seen so many different ways people find comfort in music these days – listening to their own version of the above idea, watching performances online or on TV, playing and singing, the balcony singing and playing in Italy (are there any NYC versions of this?) For wind players and singers particularly, the breathing exercise is great for you. Playing piano has a powerful calming effect on the nervous system. Pumping-up music (of all kinds and genres) works! My happy thought for today – seeing that music does make a powerful difference in people's lives, and we can see that especially clearly at times like these. It's part of our shared humanity.”