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Sound Health in Concert: Music and the Mind with the National Symphony Orchestra

Friday, June 2, 2017 8:00 PM

Sound Health National Symphony Orchestra

Uncover mysteries about the human brain and its connection to music with this fascinating NSO concert. Two renowned neuroscientists are joined by Renée Fleming, Ben Folds, and other special guests to be announced in both classical music and improvisation.



Run Time

Approx. 1-1/4 hours


The Kennedy Center, National Institutes of Health, singer-songwriter-composer Ben Folds, renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming, and the National Symphony Orchestra take you on a fascinating journey to uncover mysteries about the human brain and its connection to music. What happens in your brain when listening, performing, and interacting with music? How does engaging with music contribute to better health and a longer life? Join the NSO conducted by Edwin Outwater alongside renowned neuroscientists Dr. Daniel Levitin and Dr. Charles Limb, with other special guests to be announced.

More about Sound Health

The Kennedy Center, the National Institutes of Health, and renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming have launched this new partnership designed to explore the connections between music, health, and wellness. The collaboration, spearheaded by Fleming, builds upon the performances that the National Symphony Orchestra has given at the NIH Clinical Center over the past several years, broadening the scope and bringing together the diverse artistic resources of the Kennedy Center with the scientific, clinical, and research expertise of the NIH. See related events.

Over two days on June 2 and 3, Sound Health: Music and the Mind will feature performances, as well as interactive presentations and discussions with some of the leading minds working at the intersection of neuroscience and music from around the world.

Says Renée Fleming:
“A tremendous wealth of knowledge exists between the nation’s largest performing arts center and our largest health research institute. I hoped we could share and amplify the exciting work being done where science and music intersect, by bringing these two great institutions together for this initiative. There are ramifications here for a host of health topics: childhood development, autism, pain management, Alzheimer’s, PTSD—the list goes on and on, because music’s impact on the brain can be so powerful.”

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