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Upcoming Events


Sound Health: Community Yoga

Jul 21 - Aug 25, 2018

Join us Saturday mornings for a FREE all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer--part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio will lead each session.


Music and the Mind: The Concert—featuring Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Jason Moran, Renée Fleming, and More (part of Sound Health)

Fri, Sep 7, 2018, 8:00 PM

Fresh from last year’s sold-out event, more of today’s most beloved and innovative artists join top neuroscientists for our next groundbreaking concert experience exploring links between music, rhythm, and brain development.

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Say It With Rhythm! A Performance Demo with Dr. Nina Kraus featuring Mickey Hart (part of Sound Health: Music and the Mind)

Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 11:00 AM

Neuroscientists Dr. Nina Kraus and Dr. Adam Gazzaley are joined by legendary drummer of the Grateful Dead Mickey Hart to illustrate the art and science of rhythm. 

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Take Note! Why Music Education Matters: A Panel Discussion Moderated by Renée Fleming (part of Sound Health: Music and the Mind)

Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 2:00 PM

Moderated by the renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large, this panel of prominent researchers and educators will examine questions raised by research showing that early music training can shape the brain in powerful and lasting ways. 

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Learning and Loving to the Beat: Optimizing Your Child’s Development with Dr. Laurel Trainor and Special Guests (part of Sound Health: Music and the Mind)

Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 4:30 PM

In this discussion-demonstration, Dr. Trainor details how music and rhythms affect learning, and reveals the importance of rhythmic movements for optimal social development. She's joined by top clinicians who use music and movement with at-risk infants and children with developmental disorders. 

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The Art of the Spark: Musical Creativity Explored with Dr. Charles Limb and Special Guests (part of Sound Health: Music and the Mind)

Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 8:00 PM

Top neuroscientist Dr. Limb and special guest performers to be announced will demonstrate how encouraging and developing musical improvisational skills in children has led to a better understanding for how creativity is implemented in the human brain. 

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