When Worlds Collide or What’s Music Got to Do With It?

This blog is for everyone who is passionate about Cytology but knows that our work doesn’t entirely define us. This blog is also confessional: I’m revealing something about myself that many of you don’t know. During high school and college, I dreamed of a career as a classical pianist. My parents arranged for piano lessons for me and my sister when we were young, and from my earliest years I loved playing. I performed extensively and loved it (mostly), but when push came to shove I realized that the life of a musician was not for me. Even though I ended up studying medicine, I never stopped playing. And to this day one of my favorite things is getting together with friends for an evening of chamber music.

Sometimes, my two worlds collide in surprising and delightful ways. In May 2013, I was invited to play a short program of music for piano four hands at the International Congress of Cytology in Paris. My partner in crime was Dr. Felipe Andreiuolo, a Brazilian pathologist living in Paris and a superb musician. An evening I’ll never forget!

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And now, surprisingly, my two worlds are colliding again: a few months ago I was at a retreat with the ASC Foundation, the purpose of which was to brainstorm about fundraising. During the retreat, to facilitate bonding among the participants, we all shared something personal about ourselves. Of course, I brought up my passion for music. I mentioned to the group that some live recordings of concert performances from my college and medical school years had been recently transferred from cassette to CD format to preserve them from extinction. Aha – a fundraising idea was born!

If you enjoy classical music, and if you’re at all curious to see this other side of me, you can own a copy of the CD by simply making a $50 (or greater) contribution to the ASC Foundation. Your contribution will go towards furthering the mission of the ASC – its commitment to education, research, and advocacy. The CD includes live performances of the Chopin Ballade in g minor and a couple of pieces by Brahms (from Op.118), all from my college years, as well as Jeux d’eaux by Ravel, recorded when I was a medical student.

A big thank you, in advance, for considering making a contribution to our very precious and worthy ASC!

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