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Renée Fleming: 2018 Cindy Pritzker Lecture on Urban Life and Issues

Harold Washington Library Center


Please note: We would like to inform you that Renée Fleming must regretfully withdraw from this evening's 2018 Cindy Pritzker Lecture on Urban Life & Issues due to a family health emergency. She is sorry that she will not be able to be in Chicago tonight and we hope to reschedule with Ms. Fleming for another event in the future.

The 2018 Cindy Pritzker Lecture on Urban Life and Issues features world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in a lecture titled Music and the Mind. Ms. Fleming appears in conversation with Dr. Nina Kraus.

Renée Fleming's Music and the Mind presentation explores the power of music as it relates to health, including childhood development, music therapy and discoveries that are changing our understanding of the brain. Ms. Fleming's presentation is inspired by the Sound Health initiative, which she spearheaded as part of her role as Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The initiative, established in partnership with the National Institutes of Health and in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, explores and brings attention to research and practice at the intersection of music, health and neuroscience.

Throughout Ms. Fleming's journey as an artist, she has been struck by music's power to heal and transform lives. "Today we are riding a wave of scientific discovery in music and neuroscience, and I'm fascinated by the breadth of the research being conducted. Beyond its ability to enthrall and entertain, music can offer a host of health benefits – from childhood development to therapeutic applications for Alzheimer's disease, autism, PTSD, Parkinson's disease and chronic pain," said Ms. Fleming. "And close to my heart, singing can retrain the brain to use different neural circuitry, helping those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or suffered a stroke regain the ability to speak." Ms. Fleming appears in conversation with Dr. Nina Kraus, noted professor at Northwestern University who investigates the neural encoding of speech and music and its plasticity and where she is the Hugh S. Knowles Chair in audiology.

The Cindy Pritzker Lecture on Urban Life and Issues is presented by the Board of Directors of Chicago Public Library in honor of Cindy Pritzker, its former president and founder of the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Important information regarding check-in and seating: A limited number of seats are available for this event first come, first served. Check-in and access to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium will begin at 5 p.m. Upon arrival, guests must check in at tables in the Grand Lobby on the first floor. If the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium fills to capacity, guests will then be seated in an overflow space and view the event by live simulcast. This event does not include a book signing.

(Photo of Renée Fleming by Andrew Eccles.)

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