The Arts at MMC - The Music

The baby grand Yamaha piano located in the hospital main lobby is frequently played by staff, patients and visitors. Anyone interested in playing the piano on a regular basis should contact the Development Department at 662-2669 or email

The Healing Arts Chorus

This annual season of Light and Hope, wherein Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, and Christmas converge offers us a time for reflection and grace, a time of receiving the invitation to be still, to open ­– to listen. It is also a call to contemplate how we may more fully participate as makers of peace – finding peace within that becomes peace in the world. With this intention, pianist and composer Dana Cunningham and cellist Max Dyer will be giving a series of performances in the New England area during the first weekend in December. Singer/Songwriter Carol Noonan of the Stone Mountain Arts Center will join Dana and Max for the Dec. 5th evening show.

In 2004, Dana released her second CD, Silent Night, a collection of carols arranged for piano and cello. She is accompanied on the recording by Houston based cellist, Max Dyer, of the Houston Ballet and Houston Chamber Orchestra. Dana has two additional recordings of original compositions, Dancing at the Gate (2002) and The Color of Light (2007). In the words of Windham Hill founder and Grammy winner, Will Ackerman:

“Silent Night is almost an impossibility. That Dana could find new life in this repertoire and even manage to make us feel we’re hearing these pieces for the first time is nothing shy of miraculous.”

About The Color of Light, Ackerman writes, “. . . simply the most impressive work of composition and performance I have heard  rom a pianist in twenty years. That the music connects on such a deep emotional level and is so accessible only make it
more remarkable.”

Drawing from Maya Angelou’s Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem, and other poetry of the season, Dana and Max will offer a Winter/Christmas concert, weaving music and words as an invitation to the universal call of Christmas – an authentic experience of peace and joy.

Dana Cunningham
is a pianist, composer, and public speaker who lives and writes in the mountains of New Hampshire and western Maine. Her primary interest is in performing – interspersing her original piano compositions and the spoken word, including the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, David Whyte, Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, John O’Donohue and others – in concert, church, corporate, and retreat settings. Dana has a degree in Communication from Vanderbilt University where she also studied piano at Blair School of Music. She has a Masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Comments about her presentations range from "deeply moving" and "soul-freeing" to "transcendent" and "centering." For more information visit

Max Dyer is a cellist with over 30 years of performing experience in the United States and abroad. As a classical cellist, he studied at the Shepherd School of Music with Shirley Trepel, played with the Houston Symphony for three years, and currently plays with the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Chamber Orchestra. As an improvising cellist, Max is fluent in many musical styles including jazz, folk, and Middle-Eastern. He enjoys playing with his Celtic world music group Cantiga and performs East/West concerts with classical Indian vocalist Nanda Banerjee. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings, at jazz and folk clubs by night, and at Houston-area churches on Sunday mornings, where he graces listeners with his soulful improvisations and musical meditations. For more information visit


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