Music and the brain in Florida

Posted on: January 30, 2009

Ali_Rezai.jpgThe Cleveland Orchestra’s January/February residency in Miami, Florida, will include a chamber music performance and discussion on February 2 of Music and the Brain with Welser-Möst and Ali R. Rezai, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neurological Restoration. Discussion topics will include the way in which music and the brain interact, the impact of music on health, and a sociological perspective of the role of the arts in neuroscience. The program is part of a recently launched collaboration between the orchestra and the Cleveland Clinic. (A similar symposium took place last August at Austria’s Salzburg Festival, when the orchestra was on tour.) During the residency, from January 27 to February 2, members of the orchestra also will participate in an exploration of the music and politics of Stalin’s Russia, in connection with performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”).

Photo of Dr. Ali Rezai by Wolfgang Lienbacher