Watch and Listen: Debra Lew Harder Plays and Talks About Our Need for Melody, Live from WRTI

Apr 24, 2019

Why are we drawn to a good tune? Find out as WRTI Classical Host Debra Lew Harder sits down at the piano in the WRTI Performance Studio and plays selections from her new concert and conversation program, The Human Need for Melody, and chats with WRTI’s Susan Lewis.


In addition to being a host and producer on WRTI, Debra is a professional pianist with doctorates in both music and medicine, and loves to explore the intersection between music and science.

Susan Lewis and Debra Lew Harder

She presents The Human Need for Melody on Sunday, April 14th at 3 PM at Music at Bunker Hill, in Sewell, NJ. Debra discusses why human beings are so drawn to melodies, and what the latest scientific research shows us about a melody’s power to communicate and heal.

The full program includes music by Beethoven, Joplin, Suesse, and Chopin in addition to music performed in this broadcast.

WRTI Program:
J.S. Bach: Concerto in the Italian Style, BWV 971 - Allegro



Michio Miyagi, arranged by Debra Lew Harder: Haru no Umi, “The Sea in Spring”



Francis Poulenc: Intermezzo in A-flat Major