Performances and Sessions

Dr. Nina Kraus

Music and Childhood Development

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.

Sound Health - Dr Collins, Renée Fleming, Vivak Murthy

The Future of Music and the Mind

Join National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins M.D., Ph.D. and 19th United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy M.D., M.B.A., in a discussion moderated by Renée Fleming on what the future may hold for music and the mind.

Sherri Robb

Recovery, Resilience & Quality of Life​

Dr. Sherri Robb, music therapy researcher and associate professor at Indiana University, talks about how music therapy in the United States dates back to WWI and WWII when it was used to help wounded veterans.

Dr. Aniruddh Patel

Creative Aging

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Aniruddh Patel and soprano Renée Fleming partner with D.C.–based jazz trio Mark G. Meadows & the Movement and the Different Strokes for Different Folks choir for this interactive presentation on how the mind and body respond to creating music.

Dr. Aniruddh Patel speaking at the Kennedy Center.

Jazz, Creativity, and the Brain

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

This page last reviewed on August 3, 2017