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May 13th, 2016

Memories of Marlow Cowan

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

Marlow Cowan, whose playful piano duet in our Mayo Clinic atrium with his wife, Frances, became a YouTube sensation and led to national and international TV appearances, has passed away at age 97. I got the news early yesterday in an email from the Cowans’ daughter, DeDe Shour: One of the last questions a week […]

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Tags: Frances Cowan, Good Morning, Marlow Cowan, Piano


August 4th, 2014

In a moment … a poem, and a vision of hope

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Sometimes the only way to respond to a thing of beauty is to pour your thoughts out onto the page. And that’s what Mayo Clinic patient Jerry O’Donnell, of Waterloo, Iowa, did after being moved, perhaps even changed, by experiencing the beauty of music in the atrium of the Gonda Building on Mayo’s Rochester campus. […]

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Tags: Cancer, Gonda Building, Piano


October 31st, 2011

Kent Alexander’s Beautiful Voice

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Many patients have a fond musical memory from Mayo Clinic’s Gonda Atrium. Patients and employees will often be seen taking a break by playing piano or singing. Some musicians that have touched many lives over the years on the piano are known on YouTube as the Cowans and the 15-yr. old pianist. Recently, a musician touched […]

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Tags: Atrium, beautiful, Gonda, Kent Alexander, music, Piano, sing, voice


July 4th, 2011

Cowans living “Healthfully Ever After”

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

Just over two years ago, Marlow Cowan and his wife Frances became Internet sensations when a video of their piano duet at Mayo Clinic went “viral” after being posted here on Sharing Mayo Clinic. In less than two months, their video racked up more than two million views, and now stands at over 7.6 million […]

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Tags: Fran Cowan, Gonda Building, Marlow Cowan, Piano


April 5th, 2010

Five Stars in Any Language

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Ankeny, Iowa couple whose impromptu piano duet in the Gonda building atrium at Mayo Clinic has been seen more than 7 million times on YouTube, are now officially international media sensations. Their original duet, which was captured by another patient, posted to YouTube by her daughter and posted to Sharing Mayo […]

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Tags: Cowans, Des Moines Register, Frances Cowan, Japan, Jodi Hume, Marlow Cowan, Mayo Clinic, NHK, Piano, Piano duet, Sharon Turner, Tokyo


May 25th, 2009

Mayo Clinic “Octogenarian Idols” Appear on Good Morning America

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Iowa couple whose piano duet in the atrium of Mayo Clinic’s Gonda building has been viewed more than 2 million times since April 7, were featured this morning, May 26, on Good Morning America, live from ABC’s Times Square studio in New York. I had an opportunity to interview Mr. and […]

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Tags: Atrium, Frances Cowan, Gonda, Marlow Cowan, Mayo Clinic, music, Older couple, Piano


April 23rd, 2009

A Bite of Life…

By Jodi Hume jodi hume

When I think about my family’s history with the Mayo Clinic, I immediately think of the kitchen ceiling in my childhood home, where a pale orange circle about the size of a basketball is forever stained into the plaster. Most people probably wouldn’t even notice it’s there, but we do. It has a story, of […]

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Tags: Gonda, Mayo Clinic, Patient Stories, Piano


April 7th, 2009

Mayo Clinic Music Fun

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

We’ve highlighted the contributions of music to the healing environment at Mayo Clinic in some previous posts, but here’s another video from last fall that we discovered on YouTube. The exuberance of this older couple playing in the Gonda Building will brighten your day. For more background on how this video came to be, see […]

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Tags: Gonda Building, music, Piano


April 2nd, 2009

15-year-old Pianist Touches Hearts and Souls

By Catherine Benson catherine benson

Catherine Benson is a consultant in Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic. Alex Walton-Creutz began drawing crowds by playing the piano at Mayo Clinic when he was just eight years old and started coming to the clinic with his mother, Lynnette. Lynnette is a patient at Mayo and comes for treatment at least once a year. When […]

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Tags: Alex Walton Creutz, Beethoven, Gonda Building, Lynette Creutz, Mayo Clinic, medicine, music, pianist, Piano


March 30th, 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Music to Brighten the Day

By Barbara Sorensen barb sorensen

As an employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, I find myself frequently scurrying through the many buildings on the downtown campus as I go about my day. One of my favorite places to walk through is the subway level of the Gonda Building, also known as the Nathan Landow Atrium. Sitting in front of a […]

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Tags: music, Piano


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