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Music and the Mind

December 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
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Music and the Mind @ Charleston Gaillard Center

The Charleston Gaillard Center is proud to present world famous soprano Renée Fleming in conversation with leading neuroscientists on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.  In addition to her recital on December 9, the Gaillard will host this multi-media event featuring Ms. Fleming speaking on the subject of “Music and the Mind.” Ms. Fleming writes:

“Throughout my journey as an artist, I have been struck by music’s power to heal and transform lives.  Today we are riding a wave of scientific discovery in music and neuroscience, and I’m fascinated by the breadth of the research being conducted.  Beyond its ability to enthrall and entertain, music offers a host of health benefits – from childhood development to therapeutic applications for Alzheimer’s disease, autism, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.  And close to my heart, singing can retrain the brain to use different neural circuitry, helping those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or suffered a stroke regain the ability to speak.”

Working with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health, and in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, in Washington, DC, Ms. Fleming has spearheaded a program that investigates and brings attention to research and practice at the intersection of music, health, and science – Sound Health. Ms. Fleming’s presentation is inspired by this collaborative initiative.

Joining Ms. Fleming on stage will be Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, Executive Director of the Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute with Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC and Norbert Lewandowski, principal cellist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Mintzer will showcase his research exploring how a seasoned musician’s brain works when he creates music.

Dr. Robert Turner, CEO and President of Network Neurology in Charleston, SC will join the panel, bringing to the discussion the role that music plays in treating epilepsy.

At the Charleston Gaillard Center, Ms. Fleming will offer a 45-60 minute multimedia presentation providing insight into her fascination with music and the brain, and will be joined by two leading local neuroscientists.

This event is open to the public and will take place in the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall at 1:30 p.m.  Following the formal presentation, we will provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

Tickets to Music and the Mind are $10 and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Bring your ticket stub from this event to the Gaillard Center ticket office on Saturday, December 9 and receive $10 off your ticket to see Renée Fleming in concert. (Discount cannot be applied retroactively to prior ticket purchases).