The Atlanta Symphony and Emory University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will host a fundraiser on October 27 that includes dinner, a presentation on the connection between music education and the brain, and a concert at Woodruff Arts Center featuring the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx. The presentation will highlight recent research demonstrating the effectiveness of music in delaying the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, including a study by Emory neuroscientist Brenda Hanna-Pladdy showing that childhood music lessons may keep the mind sharper as people age. “Dr. Hanna-Pladdy’s study shows that an investment in music education pays lifelong dividends,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley E. Romanstein. “Music affects us all, and we must strive to bring the power of music to bear on the life of every member of our community.” Emory’s ADRC is a National Institutes of Health-funded center focused on clinical trials and research for Alzheimer’s disease. Contact Mary Rose Taylor for more information about the event.

Posted October 26, 2011