Science Meets Music

Science Meets Music: Daniela Sammler; Patricia Izbicki (Piano)

Apr 5,
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  • Location: The Benjamin Upper School

Science truly meets music in this special presentation from Dr. Daniela Sammler of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. Dr. Sammler studies the neurocognition of music and language. For our musical guest, we welcome pianist Dr. Patricia Izbicki, who is also a neuroscientist by training, as well as a talented pianist.

Everywhere in the world, people make music – in London’s famous Royal Albert Hall, in rural children’s rooms, and most remote corners of the Amazon forest. But where does this seemingly universal human ability come from? The answer lies in the circuitries of our brains. Join us on our scientific journey to learn how musical ideas turn into fluent finger movements on the piano, how discipline and dedication shape the musician’s brain, and why there is a great divide between Classic and Jazz. We shall see that the investigation of solo and ensemble music performance not only brings us to the roots of human cognition and social interaction but also bears potential for pedagogy and rehabilitation.

Science Meets Music takes place in the 850-seat Benjamin Hall at the Benjamin Upper School located at 4875 Grandiflora Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Onsite parking is available.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:15 p.m.

A Note About Passover

It has been brought to our attention that Science Meets Music takes place on the first night of Passover. We deeply apologize for this oversight and will take steps to ensure this does not occur in future seasons. The full recording of the event will be available on our webpage and YouTube channel following the event. If you would like to receive the video by email, please click here.

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