Renée Fleming’s “Music and the Mind”

with Robert Ainsley, piano

Program to include works by Handel, Wolf, Fauré, Gershwin, Delbos, and Duparc, and the world premiere of Tod Machover’s “VocaGammified.”

In this special and highly anticipated Cal Performances Illuminations: Music and the Mind event, legendary soprano Renée Fleming presents a combination discussion-performance—featuring UC Berkeley professor of neuroscience Ehud Isacoff—as part of her ongoing creative collaborations with researchers, scholars, and scientists. Fleming has made the relationship between music and the human brain the subject of recent work, and this year launched a live-streamed series of conversations with leaders and practitioners working at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and healthcare. In this special recital/presentation, she offers insights into music’s untapped potential for healing and transformation, performing illuminating selections from her expansive repertoire, with piano accompaniment by Robert Ainsley.

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The Cal Performances at Home Spring 2021 season is dedicated to Gail and Dan Rubinfeld, leading supporters of Cal Performances and the well-being of our artists for almost 30 years.

Patron Sponsors: Michael A. Harrison and Susan Graham Harrison

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Apr 29, 2021, 7pm
Available on demand through July 28, 2021

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Premiere Watch Party

Apr 29, 2021, 7pm
Available on demand through July 28, 2021
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