Friday, March 19, 2010

Deep brain stimulation helps Minnesota concert violinist resume career

A violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Roger Frisch, underwent novel brain surgery (“deep brain stimulation”) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and actually played the violin (Bach) during his surgery.

The ABC “World News Tonight” (March 18) story by Lara Salahi, Lana Zak and Darria Long is here, with title “Musician Plays Violin as Surgeons Operate on His Brain: Cutting Edge: Treating Tremors Through Deep Brain Stimulation”.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation website is here.

Picture: Near the Minnesota Orchestra on Marquette Ave, downtown Minneapolis (taken 2003). I think the piano music is Ravel, but I'm not sure. Does someone know what the music is?

I worked as a caller for the Minnesota Orchestra (the Guaranty Fund for the Young People's Concerts) from April 2002 to June 2003, before coming back to VA.


Sam said...

You're right that the music on the wall is Ravel. It's from Gaspar de la Nuit...

Bill Boushka said...

The picture isn't that clear now, but as I recall there are 4 or 5 sharps (E or B major) and lots of black keys, making the music technically more playable. Even Chopin understood that fast passages in keys with many sharps or flats are easier to play -- so did Rachmaninoff in the preludes.