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String Quartet OCD

September 25, 2017 at 7 PM
Journeys in Maternal Mental Health: Meaning through Music

Mt. Oxford Auditorium at Children’s Hospital Colorado Conference Center, Anschutz Campus
13123 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
An inspiring and educational panel discussion about maternal mental health, followed by a performance of Loretta Notareschi’s String Quartet OCD.

This performance sponsored by Chamber Music America’s Residency Partnership Grant and the Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado.


In the autobiographical tradition of the string quartet since the time of Beethoven, Loretta Notareschi’s String Quartet OCD sketches the emotional landscape of the composer’s experience with postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder in the year following her daughter’s birth. Postpartum

Loretta K. Notareschi

OCD, which affects approximately 3 to 5% of mothers, is characterized by intense fear and anxiety, in response to which mothers develop repetitive coping behaviors. The first movement of String Quartet OCD, “Intruders,” portrays the intrusive thoughts (obsessions) of the disease in all their suddenness and violence. The second movement, “You Must Think I’m Made of Candy Glass,” explores the many forms the composer’s compulsions took, including verbal and musical patterns that she required herself to repeat in her mind. The third movement, “Shame,” expresses the grief and despair she felt. Finally, the fourth movement, “A Second Delivery,” traces the jagged path of her recovery from the disease. Although String Quartet OCD dramatizes one person’s personal experience with mental illness, it seeks to give voice to the universal fears of all people about our and our children’s vulnerability in a dangerous world.

Don’t miss this acclaimed work of music, hailed as “Powerful” by The Denver Post and featured in the Colorado Public Radio News.

Learn more about Loretta Notareschi here.

If you or someone you know in the Front Range is suffering from a perinatal (pre- or post-partum) mental health condition like depression or OCD, contact the Children’s Hospital Colorado Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program for help.

For general information about post-partum depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, and other conditions, as well as resources for getting help, contact Postpartum Support International or 1.800.944.4773


October 28, 2016 at 6 PM
TEDxMileHigh It’s About Time

Buell Theater, Denver, CO


August 10, 2016 at 7 PM
2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver CO 80205Join us in a performance of Loretta K. Notareschi’s String Quartet OCD at the Redline Contemporary Art Center.

Redline’s 48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art & Converstaion is an annual two-day summit focusing on social engagement through the arts. It is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. (For more information, click here.)
Loretta Notareschi’s String Quartet OCD sketches the emotional landscape of the composer’s experience with postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder in the year following her daughter’s birth.

May 24, 2016, 7pm Family Star Montessori School Northeast Center
2940 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80205
For more information, call 303-295-7711
Free, donations requested

Please join us for a special event featuring an educational panel discussion about postpartum mental health and the performance of String Quartet OCD. Panelists will include experts from Children’s Hospital Colorado and The Family Room.


April 9, 2016. 7pm. Coffee at The Point.
710 East 26th Avenue
Denver, CO 80205

Celebrate the local album release of Loretta Notareschi’s String Quartet OCD with a performance of the piece accompanied by a talk about the composer’s experience with postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder. This piece was recently featured on Colorado Public Radio: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/denver-composer-reflects-postpartum-ocd-new-piece.

The program will also include Conrad Kehn’s Evolution (Looking for God), a spiritual journey for voice and laptop. Join us for a passionate, thought-provoking evening.


February 10, 2016. 7:30pm.

St. Peter Claver Recital Hall, Regis University Map
Free ticket reservations at www.regis.edu/music/tickets
Regis performance to include an educational panel on postpartum mental health.


February 2nd, 2016. 7:00pm. Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln St. Denver, CO. Tickets available here.