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Sound Health: Community Yoga

Sound Health: Community Yoga

May 13 - Aug 19, 2017

Join us on select Saturdays 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.


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Sound Health: Daybreaker: Music on the Brain

Fri, May 19

It's the global morning movement that inspires you to wake up and dance! A yoga session from 6 to 7 a.m. is followed by a full-throttle dance party from 7 to 9 a.m. on the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace. Get ready for great live performances with plenty of surprises!

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

Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

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.

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Sound Health: Music and the Mind—Rhythm in Action Workshop

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 9:45 AM

In this 45-minute creative drama workshop—best enjoyed by children ages 2-5—we will explore the rhythms, rhymes, and music in your favorite stories like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? FREE, no tickets required.


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Sound Health: Music and the Mind—Music and Childhood Development

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 11:00 AM

Dr. Kraus, a leading neuroscientist, is joined by the D.C. Youth Orchestra to explain basic principles of music and its connection to the brain through demonstration, visuals, and participation.

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Sound Health: Music and the Mind—Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience & Quality of Life

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 1:30 PM

A longtime advocate of music therapy, singer-songwriter-composer Ben Folds joins prominent researcher Dr. Sheri Robb where they, along with patients and families, share powerful stories that will be woven together with observations and research reports. 

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Sound Health: Music and the Mind—The Future of Music and the Mind

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 3:30 PM

Join National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins M.D., Ph.D., in a discussion moderated by Renée Fleming on what the future may hold for music and the mind.


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Sound Health: Music and the Mind—Creative Aging

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 5:00 PM

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Aniruddh Patel partners with D.C.–based jazz trio Mark G. Meadows & the Movement and the Different Strokes for Different Folks choir for this interactive presentation that uses neuroscience to explain how the mind and body respond to the act of creating music.

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Sound Health: Music and the Mind—Jazz, Creativity, and the Brain

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 7:30 PM

Neuroscientists have recently begun to examine the elusive nature of human creativity. Join Dr. Charles Limb and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer as they discuss this fascinating new science and examine improvisational art forms such as jazz. 

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