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

Friday, September 7, 2018 8:00 PM

Sound Health

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

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Music has been fundamental to every human civilization. Why do we have music—and what makes it so powerful? What does current research tell us about the role that music can play in human development and learning?

Fresh from last year’s SOLD-OUT Music and the Mind concert, more of today’s most innovative artists join top neuroscientists for our groundbreaking concert experience exploring fascinating links between music, rhythm, and brain development as revealed by the latest research!

For one night only, CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta hosts this electrifying evening combining music and science, featuring performances by legendary Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, master tabla player Zakir Hussain, acclaimed pianist and Kennedy Center Artistic Director of Jazz Jason Moran, world-renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming, singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin, tap dancing sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold, jazz piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker, Freestyle Love Supreme co-founder Anthony Veneziale (Two Touch), and other special guests to be announced. Along with Dr. John Iversen, Dr. Nina Kraus, Dr. Charles Limb, and Dr. Laurel Trainor, they’ll take you on an unforgettable journey of discovery—diving into how music can excite our neurons, shape our brains, harness our creativity, and bring us together.

Following the enthusiastic response to our first Sound Health: Music and the Mind weekend last summer, this concert is the cornerstone event in a brand-new weekend of performances and discussions. Designed to explore connections between health, wellness, and the performing arts, Sound Health is a partnership between the Kennedy Center and National Institutes of Health, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Watch the Event on YouTube Live!

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.