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Healing with Music: Clemency Burton-Hill

A conversation/concert exploring music’s role in brain injury recovery.

Clemency Burton-Hill, Writer & Broadcaster
Christopher Kellner, Neurosurgeon
Maria Popova, Writer

with live music by Alexi Kenney, Violin

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 with celebrated writer Maria Popova (of The Marginalian) and the neurosurgeon who saved Clemency’s 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.

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