June 19, 2012

Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness: A Scientific Dialogue,” an innovative, three-day scientific symposium sponsored by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research will be held August 4-6, 2012, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This pioneering event will offer presentations by the world's leading figures in music therapy, psychological science, neuroscience and cognitive science. As part of the Festival’s 40th Anniversary season, the Symposium will include public events involving musicians and scientists as well as private sessions for the scientific and medical community. The Symposium will explore the effects of music on cognitive development, early childhood brain development, emotion, language and memory; the ability of music to advance the overall health and healing process of individuals facing cancer, developmental and cognitive disorders, or chronic health conditions; and the capacity of music to improve the general well-being of individuals and communities. Physicians attending the Symposium can also earn Continuing Medical Education credit.

The Symposium features an intensive cross-disciplinary exchange, defining the current state of the science and identifying the most important questions for future collaborative research and its clinical applications through presentations, demonstrations and concert performances. A number of internationally recognized artists will perform and participate in interactive panels including conductor Alan Gilbert (Music Director of the New York Philharmonic), members of the legendary former Guarneri String Quartet (who are reuniting for this Festival performance), composer Marc Neikrug (Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival) and pianist Inon Barnatan. As an interactive element of the conference, these artists and others will add a performance element to the mix, giving members of the medical community an opportunity to present their research in real-time with the aid of live performance during sessions.

The Symposium begins Friday, August 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM, with a Pre-Symposium Evening Concert open to the public at St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art. Kamal R. Chémali, MD and pianist Prisca Benoit will present “When Music Sings, the Brain Listens and the Heart Modulates.”

About the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Since it was founded in 1972, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s preeminent music festivals, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation. Contributing to its magic is the Festival’s unique Santa Fe setting, nestled amid the timeless splendors of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Under the spirited artistic leadership of composer/pianist Marc Neikrug, the Festival annually invites scores of distinguished musicians, along with emerging young talent, during its 6-week season. Its Composer-in-Residence program was inaugurated in 1976, resulting in the commission of more than 50 works to-date from eminent composers that represent a significant contribution to contemporary chamber music repertoire. In the 2010 season, the Festival began an exciting Artist-in-Residence program. Thousands of enthusiastic patrons young and old return year after year to enjoy the more than 80 concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts and open rehearsals, including an Albuquerque Series that made its debut in 2008. In addition, in the off-season, the Festival reaches out to adults and young people in Santa Fe schools with innovative and inspiring musical adventures. Learn more at www.SantaFeChamberMusic.com.

*Read the full press release here*


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