Music and Mind

Music and Mind

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April 12, 2024
at 6:30PM

Discovering the Powerful Connections Between the Arts and Health


The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will partner with world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming to present Music and Mind, an event exploring how to use music to better understand the complex functioning of the brain. Moderated by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the presentation includes local leaders in the medical field, musicians and music therapists who will join Ms. Fleming in taking a deep dive into this theme.

Fleming's arts in health advocacy includes presentations in over 50 cities around the globe collaborating with leading local researchers and practitioners in the arts and health. Researchers have found music and arts therapies to be effective tools for addressing the symptoms of a vast array of conditions: not only Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but also cardiac failure, stroke, PTSD, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injuries.

This program is in conjunction with Renée Fleming's appearance with the ASO and Music Director Nathalie Stutzmann as they perform the soul-stirring Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss. The program includes sweeping and luxuriant orchestral music from Strauss’s runaway hit Der Rosenkavalier, as well as the delicious sextet from his final opera Capriccio.

The healing power of music has been clear to many at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for some time. This is why the ASO has also partnered with ArtsPharmacy, which works with care providers to get patients access to no-cost cultural experiences that improve emotional well-being.

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  • Renée Fleming | Host
    World-renowned soprano
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta | Moderator
    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Emory University Hospital; CNN Chief Medical Correspondent


  • Dr. Allan Levey | Department of Neurology Professor, Emory University
  • Dr. Jessica Maples- Keller | Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University
  • Dr. Monica Parker | Department of Neurology Associate Professor, Emory University
  • Maggie Kleber | Independence Program, Wounded Warrior Project
  • Ellen Burke | Project Odyssey, Wounded Warrior Project

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