November 27, 2020

Violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta closes Center for Creative and Performing Arts Fall Speakers Series

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From Salem State Center for the Arts

Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts hosts a virtual presentation with Vijay Gupta, violinist, educator and social justice advocate. Gupta presents, “The Medicine of Music,” a 75- minute virtual conversation, violin performance, and Q&A on Wednesday, December 2 at 7 pm. Gupta explores the connection between music and mental health, explaining why music’s redemptive power may hold more potential than we realize.

The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration required at

An esteemed performer, communicator, and citizen-artist, Gupta is a leading advocate for the role of the arts and music to heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connection. Gupta is the founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization providing musical engagement, dialogue and teaching artistry for homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles. Alex Ross of The New Yorker named him “one of the most radical thinkers in the unradical world of American classical music,” writing that “with Street Symphony he has created a formidable new model for how musical institutions should engage with the world around them.”

Gupta made his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 11, and has performed as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician on an international scale since the age of eight. Gupta is a TED Senior Fellow and a 2018 Catherine D. and John T. MacArthur grant recipient. He was named one of six national Citizen Artist Fellows by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2019, he was named one of TIME’s “100 Next,” the magazine’s inaugural list putting a spotlight on rising stars shaping the future.

This event is co-sponsored by the Salem State Alumni Association, Center for Civic Engagement and Healthcare Studies Department. Vijay Gupta’s presentation is made possible through the support of the Gordon Foundation and Bernie and Sophia Gordon.

About the Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts (CCPA) provides the arts explorer a singular destination to experience world-class guest artists and award-winning student and faculty performances in dance, music and theatre as well as art exhibitions and spoken word events. The CCPA is committed to providing diverse, inclusive and affordable arts experiences to the communities on Boston’s north shore.

About Salem State University

Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls about 7,300 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Known for the academic strength of its faculty, Salem State was named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2011 and for the 2016-2017 academic year. The university is designated a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education and a Best for Vets College by Military Times. Salem State proudly participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement and has shown a student voting rate well above the national average, earning the university a gold seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

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