From offering relief to people suffering from dementia and strokes to Parkinson's disease and even in lowering the rising suicide rate in adolescents, music is proving to provide mental relief that has always been known in our hearts, but now science is backing it up.

—Rutgers University

Renée Fleming
and Special Guests

The riveting soprano Renée Fleming visits with a combination discussion-performance, as part of a multiple-day residency on the UC Berkeley campus, collaborating with researchers, scholars, and scientists on the topic of music and the mind. Fleming has made the relationship between music and the human brain the subject of recent work, and as part of her visit, she hosts a special afternoon of music and discussion programmed with campus partners including the Berkeley Brain Initiative and the UC Berkeley faculties of Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychology, as well as UCSF's Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Fleming's thought-provoking program offers insights into music's untapped potential for healing and transformation.

An Illuminations: Music and the Mind event >


Donor Benefits

Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email

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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.