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ACRM Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group


from the ACRM Annual Conference 2020

This session was captured as part of the 2020 ACRM VIRTUAL Conference #ACRM2020

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Renee Fleming, National Medal of Art Recipient; Four-Time, Grammy Award Winner
Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow, MedRhythms, Inc
Ron Hirschberg, MD, Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital


In this session, we have a conversation with world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming. One of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, winner of four Grammy awards and recipient of the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal and the National Medal of Arts, she recently launched an online series, Music and Mind LIVE, which has garnered over 480,000 views from 65 countries around the globe.  Hear this discussion about the most recent research in music and neuroscience, and the impacts of music during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renée talks about her journey to become an advocate for the importance of music and the brain, her involvement as a leader of the Kennedy Center’s Sound Health collaboration with the NIH, the development of her own Music and Mind Live web series, and her perspective on where the future of this field is heading.

In May, Renée launched Music and Mind LIVE, a weekly online interview show, exploring the intersection of music and arts with human health and the brain. Renée’s guests so far have included Deepak Chopra, MD and Dr. Francis Collins. To date, the show has been seen by more than 480,000 viewers, from more than 60 countries.

Renée was inspired to launch the series by the Sound Health initiative she spearheads 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, focused on the science connecting music, health, and the brain. She has given presentations with scientists and practitioners on this subject around the world.

Last year, she appeared opposite Ben Whishaw in Norma Jean Baker of Troy to open The Shed in New York City. Last summer, she performed world premieres by André Previn and Kevin Puts at Tanglewood. In June, she made her London musical theater debut in The Light in the Piazza, bringing the acclaimed production to Los Angeles and Chicago in the autumn. Renée earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, Renée has starred in and hosted an array of television and radio broadcasts. Her voice is featured on the soundtracks of the Best Picture Oscar winners The Shape of Water and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Her other awards include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

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