White Plains, NY, clinical psychologist David Eger, Ph.D., is on a mission to help end Parkinson’s through music. The 14th annual Music for Parkinson’s Research concert, which benefits the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) research programs, will take place on Sunday, November 13 at 3:30 PM at the Congregation Emanu-El in Rye, NY. The chamber music concert is organized by Dr. Eger and a dedicated committee of local volunteers.
Dr. Eger has been a tireless advocate for the Parkinson’s community since his diagnosis in 2000. Under his leadership, the annual concert has raised more than $500,000 for Parkinson’s research since its inception. Now a warm tradition in Rye, Music for Parkinson’s annually draws support of internationally acclaimed musicians and welcomes more than 150 guests. Recently, Dr. Eger was recognized for his efforts: he was awarded the PDF Page and William Black Humanitarian Award and named a Westchester Magazine Healthcare Hero.
“At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, we know that ending Parkinson’s is a team effort and we’re indeed fortunate to have Dr. Eger as part of that team. For more than a decade, he has put his passion for music to work to help us advance Parkinson’s research. We’re inspired by his commitment to make a difference not only in his community, but for the one million other people across the US who live with Parkinson’s,” says Robin Anthony Elliott, CEO.
Among this year’s performers are crowd favorites, the Attacca Quartet, Quartet in Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and pianist Gena Raps, faculty member at Mannes College The New School of Music. Guests are invited to a wine and cheese reception following the concert.
About Parkinson's Disease (PD)
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US and over 10 million worldwide. Parkinson's is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and is the 14th leading cause of death in the US. It is associated with a loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression) as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease.
About Music for Parkinson’s Research
Music for Parkinson’s Research (MPR) was founded in 2003 by Dr. Eger, John Stine and the late Marsha Winokur. The trio established the annual chamber music concerts with the mission of raising funds to support Parkinson’s disease research. To date, MPR has raised more than $500,000.