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Legendary Singer-Composer Judy Collins Stuns at 13th Annual Music Has Power Awards
Music Superstar Josh Groban, Sopranos/GoodFellas Actor Dominic Chianese and Acclaimed Composer Josh Ralph Among Attendees Lending Their Support
New York, NY - Award-winning singer-composer Judy Collins headlined the 2013 Music Has Power® Awards gala. The event, which supports the work and mission of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), a member of CenterLight Health System, was held at City Winery New York on November 18, 2013, to celebrate the IMNF’s visionary spirit and pioneering mission to combine science and music to advance the field of music therapy.
“Judy not only gave an extraordinary musical performance, but offered us all an incredible message of hope and healing through music,” said Dr. Connie Tomaino, Founder and Executive Director of The IMNF. “Her beautiful voice and inspirational stories held the audience transfixed.”
This year, the honorary event Co-Chairs Michael Feinstein and Dr. Oliver Sacks, along with the IMNF Board of Directors, presented the 2013 Music Has Power Award to IMNF Board Chairman Edwin H. Stern III.
Also on hand for the festivities was internationally renowned singer, songwriter, musician and actor Josh Groban, who greeted and posed with guests, to demonstrate his support to the IMNF and its mission.
Sopranos/GoodFellas Actor Dominic Chianese performed Richard Fariña’s Pack Up Your Sorrows on guitar, and Academy Award® Nominated Composer Josh Ralph, was also among the attendees at the sold-out event. IMNF alumni Jeremy Deliotte also spoke at the event, recounting how music therapy helped him survive and thrive following a brutal crime. He also debuted his short documentary, “Music Is Life.”
Demonstrating virtuosity on both the piano and acoustic guitar, Collins performed many of her greatest hits including “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns,” which won "Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. Collins has garnered several top-ten hits and gold- and platinum-selling albums. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Gutherie, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins. Learn more at http://www.judycollins.com
Judy joins an elite roster of artists and activists who have lent their talent, energy and passion to the Institute’s mission, including Honorary co-chair Michael Feinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Odetta, moby, Betty Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Rob Thomas, Kris Kristofferson and Marilyn Maye.
The IMNF Music Has Power award is presented annually to recognize individuals in the arts, sciences and business communities whose contributions advance the IMNF’s groundbreaking music therapy research, programs and treatments.
Previous recipients include music industry innovator VH1 President and IMNF board member, Tom Calderone, world renowned neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks, Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, the late Henry Z Steinway, president of the iconic piano company Steinway & Sons, drum pioneer Remo Belli and film director/producer Jim Kohlberg.
Please visit www.musichaspower.org to learn more or to make a donation.
About the Music Has Power® Awards
The Music Has Power® Awards is the signature event presented by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF). The celebration symbolizes the visionary spirit of the Institute and its pioneering mission to combine science and music to promote healing and wellness. The funds raised through this evening’s event supports the Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Specifically, the funds raised through the Music Has Power® Awards support patient care, clinical and scientific research, and education about music therapy. The Award given to honorees has been exclusively designed for IMNF. Recipients include physicians, scientists, musical artists, performers, and members of the music industry and business community.
About the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF)
The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is a non-profit organization and a member of CenterLight Health System (http://www.centerlight.org). Founded in 1995, the IMNF is driven by 35 years of clinical observations on the actual effects of music on different types of physical and neurological trauma. Directed by renowned music therapist Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, with medical guidance from distinguished neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, its distinctive setting allows researchers to not only apply their theories, but to follow patient rehabilitation in the long term. The Institute actively collaborates with researchers and practitioners at other leading organizations to advance world progress in understanding and applying the power of music to promote healing and wellness. Learn more at http://www.musictherapy.imnf.org.