For Compassionate Relief

For Compassionate Relief

Music Without Borders: a Pianist’s Journey With Mindfulness

Tzu Chi Center  |  March 19, 2021
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Talk Description

Music invites us to embrace and examine our feelings and experiences as human beings. For concert pianist and C.A.F.E. 229 co-host, Dr. Joanne Chang, this has only deepened her journey into mindfulness.

In this webisode of the Tzu Chi Center talk program, she sits down to chat about this journey as a musical performer and also as a volunteer for Tzu Chi USA. The conversation will also touch on the impact that mindful listening, connection with poetry and racial/gender issues, and compassion have had on her life.

Dr. Chang also treats us with a uniquely arranged piano solo for our audiences; a C.A.F.E. 229 first.


About Dr Chang

Dr. Chang is a NY-based concert pianist and professor of music at Queensborough Community College at the City University of New York. She has performed extensively worldwide as a recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and in various chamber music ensembles.

In 1995, Dr. Chang made her recital debut in Australia, and subsequently performed at Die Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, as well as at major concert halls in the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China, Switzerland, South Africa, US and at the prestigious Carnegie Zankel & Weill Halls in New York City. 

Dr. Chang has also established herself as an interdisciplinary researcher in music and psychology. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Psychology of Music, Medical Problems for Performing Artists, and the Journal of Performance and Mindfulness.

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