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Unique Challenges, Unique Music Two musicians comment on disability and art

Violinist Yitzhak Perlman was in the midst of a performance during a concert in 1995 when his violin string snapped with a twang that echoed across the concert hall. The orchestra stopped, Perlman paused, then signaled to the conductor to resume. They continued the piece with Perlman recomposing the notes to accommodate the missing string. Perlman later reflected, “You know, sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.” He speaks from personal experience as he plays music with a body ravaged by polio.  Quadriplegic and author Joni Eareckson Tada further commented, “…we can still play beautiful music with what we have left. In fact, it will be music that no one else can play in the same way.”

Many of the women at the PCC testify to this truth in their lives: hopes have been dashed, promises and hearts broken. Yet their lives echo unique notes of hope, joy and faith in the midst of pain and hurt.

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