Renee Fleming to Launch ‘Music and Mind Live’ Webinar Series

By Logan Martell
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

Renowned soprano Renee Fleming will be launching a new webinar series titled “Music and Mind Live,” which explores the intersection of music, neuroscience and healthcare.

This weekly series will see the famed soprano in conversation with experts in fields such as childhood development, healthy aging, pain and anxiety management, rehabilitation and more; episodes will also include live Q&A from viewers at home.

“Research is revealing amazing things about the way arts influence human health and the brain. With our working lives halted, the COVID-19 pandemic has also fostered an explosion of creativity and good will,” Fleming said in a press release. “What better time to examine our need as human beings to create and experience the arts, and the basis of this in science?”

The series will launch on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm EDT via Fleming’s Facebook page as well as the Facebook and Youtube channels of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where the videos will be made available to watch on-demand.

The topics and guests for the first five episodes are as follows.

“Music, Loneliness, and Isolation” with former US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD.

Premiere Date: May 19, 2020.

“Community of Voices, Sound and Music Perception, and a Resource for the Future” with Julene Johnson and Charles Limb from the University of California San Francisco; and Sunil Iyengar from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Premiere Date: May 26, 2020.

“At Home with Children: Musical Tool Kit” with Miriam Lense of the Vanderbilt University Music Cognition Lab, and Sara Beck of Randolph College.

Premiere Date: June 2, 2020.

“Integrative Approach to COVID-19 and the Mind” with Deepak Chopra of The Chopra Foundation.

Premiere Date: June 9, 2020.

“Using Music for Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19” with Wendy Magee of Temple University and music therapist Tom Sweitzer of A Place To Be.

Premiere Date: June 16, 2020.

“Music and Mind Live” is inspired by Fleming’s work with the “Sound Health” initiative she leads as Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Arts.