In association with its 40th anniversary this summer, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival will hold a three-day symposium, “Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness: A Scientific Dialogue,” in August. Musicians and scientific researchers at the festival, co-presented by the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, will participate in free public events in Santa Fe, plus private sessions for the scientific community. The symposium opens on August 3 with “When Music Sings, the Brain Listens and the Heart Modulates,” presented by Kamal R. Chémali, M.D., and pianist Prisca Benoit. Other topics to be covered through August 6 include how harmony, melody, rhythm, and tempo impact brain function, memory and emotion; the effect of harmony, melody, rhythm, and tempo on auditory perception, cognitive development, behavior, and language; and the intersection of music and science in neurologic disorders and strokes. Musicians participating in symposium panels include Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director Marc Neikrug, as well as New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, the festival’s artist in residence this year; pianist Inon Barnatan; flutist Tara Helen O’Connor; clarinetist Michael Rusinek; and violinists Harvey de Souza and Arnold Steinhardt. Visit http://www.musicandthebrainsantafe.org.
Posted March 27, 2012