The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Deborah F. Rutter, President; the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director; and renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, announce programming for the second Music and the Mind event on Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, at the Kennedy Center. Sound Health: Music and the Mind, Shaping Our Children’s Lives Through Music Engagement examines the effects of music and rhythm on brain development.

Hosted by CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the performance on Friday, September 7 features legendary Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Kennedy Center Artistic Director of Jazz Jason Moran, world-renowned soprano Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renee Fleming, singer-songwriter Madison Mcferrin, tap-dancing sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold, jazz piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker, and other special guests to be announced. Top neuroscientists Drs. John Iversen, Nina Kraus, Charles Limb, and Laurel Trainor, along with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins lead an unforgettable journey of discovery, diving into how music can excite our neurons, shape our brains, and harness our creativity, as well as create community and foster social interaction. Tickets $25-$75. Kennedy Center Concert Hall/ 8 p.m.

On Saturday, September 8, the Center hosts a day-long series of activities, workshops, and discussions with artists, educators, and neuroscientists. Topics include the relationship between rhythm and language, music education, children and creativity, and other ways that music can impact and add value to one’s life.

Throughout the day, leading neuroscientists and musicians collaborate in four sessions demonstrating how rhythm and music impact our lives from a young age. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater/ $20 per session.

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