Please join us for a special event featuring an educational panel about postpartum mental health and the performance of a new string quartet by Denver composer Loretta K. Notareschi.
In the autobiographical tradition of the string quartet since the time of Beethoven, Loretta Notareschi’s String Quartet OCD sketches the emotional landscape of her experience with postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder in the year following her daughter’s birth. Postpartum OCD, which affects approximately 3 to 5% of mothers, is characterized by intense fear and anxiety, in response to which mothers develop repetitive coping behaviors. The first movement of String Quartet OCD, “Intruders,” portrays the intrusive thoughts (obsessions) of the disease in all their suddenness and violence. The second movement, “You Must Think I’m Made of Candy Glass,” explores the many forms the composer’s compulsions took, including verbal and musical patterns that she required herself to repeat in her mind. The third movement, “Shame,” expresses the grief and despair she felt. Finally, the fourth movement, “A Second Delivery,” traces the jagged path of her recovery from the disease. Although String Quartet OCD dramatizes one person’s personal experience with mental illness, it seeks to give voice to the universal fears of all people about our and our children’s vulnerability in a dangerous world. Performing the string quartet will be Denver’s own Playground Ensemble String Quartet.
In addition to String Quartet OCD, the event will include a performance of Notareschi’s Love Songs by baritone John Hubert and pianist Adriana Teodoro-Dier; as well as an educational panel about postpartum mental health. Panel participants are Patience Bleskan, MA, Director of Education and Programming, The Family Room; Mary Anderson Schroeter, MSW, LSW, Postpartum Support International CO State Coordinator and Licensed Social Worker, Integrative Pathways Counseling; Kathleen Krebs, MPH, Childbirth Educator—Birth Knowledge Childbirth Education, Mother, and Postpartum Anxiety Survivor; Celeste St. John-Larkin, MD, The Anschutz Chair in Healthy Expectations, Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado; Kym Thompson, PsyD, IMH-E® (IV-C), Supervising Psychologist, Mothers and Moods Group Facilitator,Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado; and Loretta Notareschi, PhD, Composer, Mother, Postpartum OCD Survivor, and Associate Professor of Music at Regis University. A reception with the artists and panel participants will follow this event.
If you or someone you know in the Front Range is suffering from a perinatal (pre- or postpartum) mental health condition like depression or OCD, contact the Children’s Hospital Colorado Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program for help at: http://www.childrenscolorado.org/healthyexpectations. For general information about postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, and other conditions, as well as resources for getting help, contact Postpartum Support International at http://www.postpartum.net/ or 1.800.944.4773.
String Quartet OCD – Postpartum Mental Health and Music Event
Regis University Music Program - 2nd Wednesday Faculty Recital
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Peter Claver Recital Hall at Regis University, near the intersection of Lowell Blvd. and W. 52nd Ave. in Denver, CO
Admission is free.
Reservations are required and can be made at: https://www.applyweb.com/public/register?s=25L02AR4. A limited number of tickets may be available the night of the event.
For more information, call 303.458.3576.