The French-born pianist Helene Grimaud is among the most gifted pianists of her generation. The forty-something-year old is not only blessed with great musical ability, but also with some extraordinary mental powers.
She experiences synesthesia, a condition that causes the physical senses to overlap. In Grimaud's case, this manifests itself as an ability to see and touch music. In practice, this makes it possible for her to rehearse without a piano and still fully experience the music.
This week, a conversation with Helene Grimaud; Jason Peifer examines the health of theater in the Philadelphia Region; Albert Stumm looks at changes in arts education in Public Schools; In our regular look inside the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis explores Fireman's Hall.