CSO substitute violist and musical medicine practitioner Clara Takarabe will perform healing viola music live as part of a “Radical Rest” program at the First Presbyterian Church in Woodlawn on Sunday, May 23. 

The musical program is designed to alleviate stresses, especially those related to “economic injustice, racism, lack of safety, and rapid economic and social change.” Takarabe brings a wealth of experience in musical healing to the program, having taught music in the West Bank, in Palestine, as well as to hypertension patients at Northwestern Hospital. Takarabe co-founded the Program in Music and Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine in 2021 and said that she would be playing music that had been clinically proven to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. 

"Radical Rest," First Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave. May 23, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free. 

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