How Music Can Be Medicine: A Conversation with Robert Gupta

May 7, 2014

Robert Gupta performs during a 2012 Ted Talk.

When Robert Gupta was only 17 years old, he graduated college with a degree in pre-med.  However, in graduate school, he went in a different direction, earning a master's in music from Yale University.  At 19 years old, he became a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In this interview with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller, Gupta talks about the positive effects music can have on the brain.  Gupta will be in Chattanooga May 9th for the Cam Busch Lecture Series.

From a media release:

Memorial Health Care System Foundation will host the fourteenth annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series and Gallery Event on May 9, 2014, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the beautiful new Heart Center in the North Tower at Memorial.

Once again, the Lecture Series brings to Chattanooga an exceptional presentation – featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist, Robert Gupta. When Robert was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with bow in hand and a sense of compassion in heart, he founded Street Symphony, a non profit organization dedicated to bringing live, classical music to the mentally ill, imprisoned and homeless.

“Robert’s story of society’s marginalized and the power of music therapy is inspirational,” said Jennifer Nicely, Memorial Foundation Chief Development Officer. “We have had the honor of hosting well-known artists, musicians, poets, performing artists and academics from around the country who have shared their unique perspectives on the role of arts in healthcare, and we are thrilled to have Robert perform this year.”

This year the event offers a unique, one-time Gallery Event. Mingle with other local art lovers at the new Heart Center at Memorial while viewing a collection of works by local and regional artists. Each piece has been specifically chosen by Memorial’s art selection committee for display in the new Heart Center. Pieces may be sponsored at the Gallery Party and permanent recognition will be displayed with each piece.

Individual tickets are $50 each and include valet parking, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, the host bar, access to view a collection of works by local and regional artists, and an amazing performance by Robert Gupta. Ticket holders will be among the first to get a sneak preview of this beautiful building before it is open to the public. Purchase tickets online at or call (423) 495-4438.