Richard Kogan gives lecture and recital on Mozart

Richard Kogan, psychiatrist and concert pianist, presents a lecture/recital on Mozart at Mixon Hall. Photo courtesy Richard Kogan.

The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center will hold its annual benefit event on Saturday, June 23, at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). Richard Kogan, psychiatrist and concert pianist, will present a lecture/recital called “Mozart: The Mind and Music of a Genius.”

The format is a compelling one, in which Kogan will first talk about Mozart’s life, emphasizing his relationship with his father, and will then perform the composer’s “Turkish Rondo” and selections from “Don Giovanni.” The combination of psychobiography and music is intended to deepen the audience’s experience of both.

Richard Kogan is familiar to many Clevelanders from previous performances on behalf of Cleveland psychoanalysis. All of his programs have had the twin focus on “the mind and music” of celebrated classical musicians. Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Leonard Bernstein, and most recently, George Gershwin, have been featured in programs over the last 10 years. Kogan is a practicing psychotherapist as well as musician. His appeal to analysts is his recognition of the impact of early childhood development and life events on the emerging personalities and music of artists.

The benefit lecture/recital will take place in the Mixon Hall of CIM. The two-story wall behind the stage is a huge glass window, enabling the audience to watch the evening progress to darkness while Kogan performs at the piano. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., without intermission, followed by a dessert reception. Tickets are $75 per person. Guests who purchase tickets at the Patron level of $125 will have their names listed in the program. Tickets are available from the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center at 216-229-5959.

The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center is a well-established Cleveland Heights institution in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood, with a spacious third floor suite for its library, office, and teaching space. The center provides training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, as well as continuing professional education programs. For interested adult learners, it provides enriching lectures, film discussion groups, and workshops in which well-known analytic scholars discuss their work. The center has a referral and evaluation service to help individuals arrange individual treatment, parent guidance, couples therapy, or whatever else is needed.  For more information, go to

Richard Lightbody

Richard Lightbody is a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights and chair of the education committee of Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.

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