Think Out Loud

Third Angle’s ‘Self Portrait’ puts spotlight on musicians’ mental health

By Gemma DiCarlo (OPB)
Jan. 24, 2023 11:40 p.m.

Broadcast: Wednesday, Jan. 25

A woman looks at her reflection in a mirror.

Third Angle New Music's program "Self Portrait" will run from Thursday, Jan. 26 to Friday, Jan. 27. The show focuses on the mental health experiences of musicians and other creative professionals, especially during the pandemic. (Photo provided.)

Clamber / Courtesy Third Angle New Music

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The pandemic relegated many people’s professional lives to the internet — water-cooler conversations and lunches with coworkers became meetings over Zoom and group chats on Microsoft Teams. And for creative professionals like musicians and artists, that isolation was even more pronounced.

Third Angle New Music’s upcoming performance “Self Portrait” deals with those themes. The show will feature solo performances and testimonials from local musicians and composers about their experiences navigating mental health struggles during the pandemic. The organization is also offering an accompanying series of free mental health workshops for music educators.

Sarah Tiedemann is the artistic director for Third Angle and a flutist performing in “Self Portrait.” She joins to tell us more about the show ahead of its opening on Jan. 26.

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