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Catherine Branch, Music of Difference

Catherine Branch and the Music of Difference chamber music ensemble will perform at St. John’s Chapel, 632 S. Main Street, on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. as part of The ARTS Experience, a festival celebrating inclusion and the arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

Branch is both a passionate international performer and published writer. As a flutist with diplegic cerebral palsy, Branch is a strong advocate of integrating disability advocacy and the arts. In the past several years, Branch has been promoting inclusion and equality for people with disabilities through a concert project called “Music of Difference.”

Branch and her ensemble will perform “At the Root of Identity: and the threat to personal achievement,” a chamber music piece composed by Robert J. Bradshaw.

“The piece explores the concept of stereotypes and perceptions of difference, and how those perceptions impact people’s lives,” Branch said. She and her colleagues of composers and musicians continue to grow the “Music of Difference” project to reflect positivity about disability. Visit for more information.

The ARTS Experience festival, April 8 – 19, is co-sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Collaborative of the Finger Lakes, Inc., a network of 12 NYSARC, Inc. chapters providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit for more information.


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