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September 26, 2019

Colorado Symphony To Present Renée Fleming: Music And The Mind

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Nick Dobreff, Manager of Publicity and Community Relations
616.485.3913 (m) – 303.308.2477 (o)


Lecture program will explore the power of music on health and neuroscience 

Sept. 26, 2019 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony will proudly present Renée Fleming: Music and the Mind at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with featured speaker Dr. Chris Filley of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health on November 12, 2019. This lecture is not a theatrical or vocal performance by Renée Fleming.

As part of her role as Artistic Advisor at Large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée Fleming has spearheaded a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. The Sound Health initiative, in association with the National Endowment of the Arts, explores the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience.

Renée Fleming is passionate about the central importance of music and the arts in our society. Most of us have, at times, felt moved or comforted by music, but scientists are now discovering that music can teach us a lot about the brain itself. Music engages many neural regions at once, and evidence suggests that it can shape and even alter our brains. And the field of music therapy offers decades of experience supporting the healing potential of music in a range of healthcare settings.

Inspired by the Sound Health initiative she spearheads at the Kennedy Center, Renée has created a presentation called Music and the Mind. Designed for a general audience, Music and the Mind explores the power of music as it relates to health and the brain. Topics include childhood development, music therapy, and cognitive neuroscience.

Renée invites experts around the country to present their research and discuss their experience as part of her presentations.  She also investigates the evolutionary role music may have played in creating community, as well as case studies and individual stories of how music has changed lives. In each location, she collaborates with leading neuroscientists, researchers, and music therapists. Renée’s goal is to bring this information to her audience and amplify the amazing work happening at the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience.

Since September 2017, Renée has presented Music and the Mind in more than 20 cities across North America, including delivering the Pritzker Lecture for the Chicago Public Library and the Compton Lecture at MIT.

For more information about the Music of the Mind project, click here:

What: Renée Fleming: Music of the Mind
Where: Education II South Auditorium at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Address: 13121 E. 17th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045
When: TUE November 12, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: Register at


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The 2019/20 Colorado Symphony Season is presented by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Support also provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), 9News, United Airlines, the Colorado Symphony Guild, Arrow, Bank of America, and Macy’s, Inc.

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One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony Association is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization performing more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by Music Director Brett Mitchell, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. In the last year, the Colorado Symphony served nearly 233,000 people attending live performances at concert and non-traditional venues throughout Colorado’s Front Range. In addition, over 265,000 people listen to the Colorado Symphony through Colorado Public Radio’s live broadcasts of classical content featuring concert recordings, in-studio performances of individual musicians and small ensembles, and live streaming of interviews and performances with artists. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit

Renée Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses, theaters, and concert halls. Winner of four Grammy® awards, and recipient of the US National Medal of Arts from President Obama, Renée has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2014, Renée brought her voice to a vast new audience as the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Last spring, Renée appeared opposite Ben Whishaw in Norma Jean Baker of Troy to open The Shed at New York City’s Hudson Yards. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her new album, Lieder: Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler, was released by Decca in June. She was heard on the soundtracks of the 2018 Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and she provided Julianne Moore’s singing voice for the film Bel Canto.

As Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée spearheads a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health focused on music, health, and neuroscience. In 2010 she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her awards include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.