April Music Colloquium features neuroscientist Deepti Navaratna

A new series of multifaceted music colloquia continues at Eastern Mennonite University Thursday, April 15, with Deepti Navaratna PhD, an Indian Carnatic classical musician and neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital. She’ll speak on her career and some of the musical traditions of India.

Navaratna “is a true cultural entrepreneur who combines expertise in music and medicine,” said Professor David Berry, director of the music department. 

The presentation will be livestreamed at 12:20 p.m. on  EMU’s Facebook Live and the music department’s Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to access these livestreams. Find recordings of past colloquia there as well.

Past guests include Amanda Gookin, a Grammy-nominated cellist, arts activist, and the newly-appointed executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival; Judy Dines, a flutist with the Houston Symphony, the Greenbriar Consortium, the Ritz Chamber Players, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra; and Noa Kageyama, a performance psychologist, Juilliard professor, and violinist.

“Since everything is virtual, it is a wonderful opportunity to bring many more great artists from around the nation and even around the globe to our students,” said Berry. “It is not every year that we can bring such a diverse array of top-rate artists and presenters to our students in one semester.”

The colloquia includes a mix of students performing for and learning from the guest artists, interviews, and lectures. 

“We have found these combined modes of presentation to be very engaging for everyone no matter the spectators’ area of musical specialty,” Berry said.

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