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Behind the Book: Indre Viskontas

Monday, April 12, 2021
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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How Music Can Make You Better by Indre Viskontas is a fascinating field guide from neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas that investigates what music is and how it can change us for the better—from deep in our neurons to across our entire society.

Learn how certain songs carry us through a tough workout, comfort us after a breakup, or unite 50,000 diverse fans. A vibrant and smart gift for any audiophile—hip-hop fans, classically trained pianists, or vinyl collectors—readers will think about their favorite songs in a whole new way by the end of this book.

  • Find out how your mind transforms sounds into human experiences
  • Discover how music connects us, heals us, and changes us for the better
  • Learn from renowned musicians, neuroscientists, and authors

Indre Viskontas combines a passion for music with scientific curiosity. Professor of Sciences and Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco, she is also a working opera singer and serves as the Creative Director of Pasadena Opera.

Dr. Viskontas will be interviewed by Maia Jasper White, Caltech's Director of Chamber Music. An audience Q&A will follow.

This is a free event, but reservations are required.


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