Release Date: April 17,2017

Tuesday Musical launching Decompression Chamber in Akron’s Municipal Building

Decompression Chamber, Tuesday Musical’s new series aimed at easing stress in Akron workplaces, is launching with a pop-up concert by the Escher String Quartet on Wednesday, April 26, at noon in the atrium of the City of Akron Municipal Building.

Partly funded over the next two years by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through its Knight Arts Challenge, Decompression Chamber will bring free concerts by chamber musicians to employees and clients at hospitals, government offices, factories, social service agencies, and other high-pressure sites. 

“Research shows that classical music can decrease stress, boost brain function, improve productivity, increase physical performance, and sharpen memory,” explained Jarrod Hartzler, executive and artistic director of Tuesday Musical. “With Decompression Chamber, we want to share all of those benefits with people throughout Akron.”

To demonstrate that classical music can even help to lower blood pressure, the City of Akron’s Wellness Coordinator Matt Carson will offer testing to listeners in the Municipal Building before and after the Decompression Chamber concert.

“Our Municipal Building atrium is a classic space and a perfect spot to launch the Decompression Chamber. I hope downtown Akron employees take advantage of the beautiful music of the Escher String Quartet,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. 

"When we were approached by Tuesday Musical, I was glad to know that our community partners realize how committed our city employees are to serving Akron residents. Their work is not easy and their dedication is to be applauded. It’s a good thing to offer something fresh and exciting to support our employees’ well-being,” Horrigan added.

Each Decompression Chamber concert will last approximately 45 minutes. They will happen in lunch rooms, public lobbies, offices and other spaces where employees and clients can come and go.

Some Decompression Chamber musicians will be local, while others will be part of Tuesday Musical’s Main Stage or FUZE! concert series. Following the Municipal Building performance, the Escher String Quartet will close Tuesday Musical’s 2016-17 Main Stage Season at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall with a 7:30 p.m. concert of works by Shostakovich, Debussy and Mendelssohn.

The Escher String Quartet is Tuesday Musical’s Quartet-in-Residence and also serves as artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. It recently performed at Wigmore Hall in London and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

"Tuesday Musical will soon celebrate our 130th season as a leading arts organization, yet we’re always looking for new opportunities to break down barriers to classical music,” said Hartzler. “Decompression Chamber is another way that we can offer live performances by the world’s finest classical musicians as well as vibrant education and community engagement programs.”