June 2, 2023

Opera Star to Speak About Music and the Mind

Acclaimed soprano opera singer Renée Fleming will speak alongside the National Institutes of Health’s Dr. David Jangraw about music and the mind on Monday, Sept. 25, at the University of Mary Washington. The duo will discuss the therapeutic effects of music on the brain and the role it plays in relation to psychology, from 4 to 5 p.m., in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The talk will be held in conjunction with Fleming’s performance, marking the opening of the 2017-18 UMW Philharmonic Celebrity Series, the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 26. Tickets are still available to “An Evening with Renée Fleming,” which will take place in Dodd.

The annual series features renowned world-class artists who perform with UMW’s Philharmonic orchestra. The orchestra prides itself on bolstering the liberal arts through music and community outreach. This year’s 14th annual series comes with record-breaking funding support from a community of 450 friends.

Soon to retire from the Metropolitan Opera, Fleming is known worldwide and has won four Grammy Awards. She was also honorably awarded the National Medal of the Arts by former President Barack Obama.

For more information, call 540-654-1324 or visit umwphilharmonic.com.