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Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA


Panel Discussion: Composing the Future of Health

Tod Machover, moderator (composer, Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music & Media, MIT Media Lab)
Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D.
(Picower Professor of Neuroscience & Director of Picower Institute for Learning & Memory, MIT)
Psyché Loui
(Northeastern University, Music Neuroscience Researcher)

Civilizations have used music for millennia to modulate mood and promote health, but science and technology are only now starting to uncover the secrets of how and why sound affects us so deeply. This panel will discuss the latest research into how music can treat disease, how specific frequencies may reverse degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, how innovative compositions might be created that maximize the impact of these new discoveries, and how a new field of Music Medicine is being increasingly discussed as an imminent reality by musicians, physicians, researchers, and government funding agencies.


Samy Rachid and Stephen Drury, conductors
Callithumpian Consort
Joseph Vasconi, piano
 Holly Druckman, director
Lydian String Quartet

Tod MACHOVER Gammified, for string quartet and electronics
Marti EPSTEIN Troubled Queen
MESSIAEN Catalogue d’oiseaux, No. 3: ‘Le Merle Bleu’
FELDMAN Rothko Chapel

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