CaltechLive! to Host Conversation With Opera Singer / Neuroscientist

By David Salazar

CaltechLive! will continue its “Behind the Book” authors series on April 12, 2021 with a conversation featuring opera singer and neuroscientist Indre Viskontas speaking about “How Music Can Make You Better.”

Viskontas will be interviewed by Caltech director of chamber music Maia Jasper White.

Viskontas is a professor of sciences and humanities at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as an opera singer and stage director. She is also the creative director of the Pasadena Opera where she directed “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.” As an opera singer, she has performed with such conductors as Jindong Cai, Mark Alburger, Greg Anderson, Martin Fraile, Kathryn Cathcart, Stefano Vignati, and Stephen Stubbs, among others.

Regarding the book, Robert Greene, author of “The 48 Laws of Power,” stated,” “Indre Viskontas, combining her deep knowledge of neuroscience and music, has lifted the veil on the mysterious effects of music to move us, showing us not only how the human brain creates the magical patterns of music but also why music has the power to affect us like no other form of communication. An extremely important and inspiring book.”