Internationally acclaimed Canadian cellist ARLEN HLUSKO is a dynamic, versatile young artist who has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician across North America, Asia, and Europe. Newly appointed cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Arlen is also a laureate of numerous competitions, Grammy-award winner for her collaboration with The Crossing, and graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect fellowship. She has recently debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and regularly performs at pre-eminent chamber music festivals such as Music from Angel Fire, Spoleto USA, and Tippet Rise. Committed to using her music to connect with and serve her community, Arlen founded her own interactive chamber music concert series, Philadelphia Performances for Autism, and is involved with several communities in Philadelphia & New York, including Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

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In this episode, we talk to cellist Arlen Hlusko about the power of music and the power of social media. We discuss the value of having an online presence and how to maintain authenticity in a digital space. We also share stories of how music and art can be a healing force for both the people creating and experiencing them. In the end, we conclude that the positive impact that our platforms and art can bring to this world--no matter how small--is worth all of the effort we put in.