In Cincinnati, concert:nova’s lecture/concerts, with scientists and brain imaging

Posted on: April 30, 2018

“The effect of music on the brain has long fascinated musicians and medical experts,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Friday’s (4/27) Cincinnati Business Courier. “Earlier this month, concert:nova, a performance group founded in 2007 by a group of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians, brought the two together…. The presentation … was led by two MDs: Dr. Lily Wang, a neuroradiologist … and Dr. Todd Florin, associate professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s. It was part lecture … and part musical performance. The most fascinating part involved functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a cellist’s brain, which was filmed earlier. Since the cello would not fit—and wouldn’t be safe—in an MRI scanner, the cellist imitated the performance by moving his hands and thinking about the music while the scan was obtained. During the concert, the cellist used the same movements as he played Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 live—as the functional MRI video was shown of his brain being activated.” Concert:nova is made up of musicians from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

Posted April 30, 2018