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Sound Health: Music and the Mind—Creative Aging

Saturday, June 3, 2017 5:00 PM

Sound Health

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Aniruddh Patel and soprano Renée Fleming partner with D.C.–based jazz trio Mark G. Meadows & the Movement and the Different Strokes for Different Folks choir for this interactive presentation on how the mind and body respond to creating music.

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Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Aniruddh Patel and renowned soprano / Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming partner with D.C.–based jazz trio Mark G. Meadows & the Movement and the Different Strokes for Different Folks choir for this interactive presentation! 

As we grow older, did you know that interacting with music does more than just engage our emotions? It also facilitates movement, activates our memories, and improves language function. In this fascinating interactive presentation, neuroscience is used to explain how the mind and body respond to the act of creating music—above and beyond the notion of simply listening to it! We’ll also talk through creative strategies for how audience members in the golden years of their lives can become more active music-makers themselves by joining a singing group, taking up an instrument or dance, or a myriad of other activities!

Check out the Sound Health blog.

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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, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, 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.”