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Healing with Music: Clemency Burton-Hill

Clemency Burton-Hill, Writer & Broadcaster
Christopher Kellner, Neurosurgeon
Alexi Kenney, Violin
Maria Popova, Moderator

Princeton University Concerts Debut


Thursday, September 29, 2022, 7:30 PM EDT


Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall


General: $20 | Student: $10

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Burton-Hill is an evangelist for classical music."

Publishers Weekly

Healing with Music

About the Event

“If there are words and music and light and humans communicating, then I know it’s going to be OK. It has to be, doesn’t it?” poses Clemency Burton-Hill. Those words, though universal, take on an ever deeper meaning timed after the beloved award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician, and podcast host embarked on a miraculous and arduous recovery from a massive brain aneurysm in January 2020. As the host of our new Healing with Music series, she will interview fellow musicians for whom music has played a pivotal role in their own encounters with illness and other personal upheaval. But first, she will be our guest-of-honor in this special launch to the series that will introduce you to her remarkably stirring story, featuring a conversation—led by her friend, celebrated writer Maria Popova—with the neurosurgeon who saved her life, and featuring live music that played a crucial role within her continuing journey of recovery. 


Humans have been using sounds as a way to exist and endure since the start of time. As we return to the concert hall after the trauma of a pandemic, we will be guided by three artists whose stories of resilience in facing illness and personal upheaval shed light on music’s profound impact in events combining conversation and live performance.

PLEASE NOTE: All attendees will be required to show photo ID and proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a booster shot for all eligible to receive it. Please read our COVID-19 policies in advance of attendance.

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  • Meet our Healing with Music host in a conversation about her miraculous recovery from a brain aneurysm with the doctor who saved her life. This series launch, featuring live music critical to her recovery performed by violinist Alexi Kenney, will be moderated by her friend, celebrated writer Maria Popova.

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