KC music, therapy and health professionals join opera star Renée Fleming for panel, recital


World opera star Renée Fleming will perform in Kansas City on Thursday evening, November 18, but the day before, she will participate in a panel discussion for “Music and the Mind” – a conversation about how music affects the brain, cognitive development, healing and quality of life.

WHAT: Music and Spirit with Renée Fleming

WHEN: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

O: The 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, KS, 66205


Music has a profound impact and the ability to shape 86 billion neurons in the brain for cognitive development, healing, and therapy. Scientific research has clearly shown that music therapy interventions can improve quality of life in almost all neurological disorders. And there is enormous public interest in the application of music to creative aging, childhood development, and community well-being.

But scientists want to know more.

Join soprano Renée Fleming and a distinguished panel of local Kansas City experts in neurology, music therapy, music and healing, and more for this cutting-edge discussion. Members of the public will be able to participate in a question-and-answer session after the roundtable.

* Please note that this Music and Spirit event is not a musical performance *

As General Artistic Advisor of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée Fleming led a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, with the participation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Sound Health initiative explores and draws attention to research and practice at the intersection of music, health and neuroscience. This collaboration has led to workshops at the NIH, and events and performances at the Kennedy Center. This initiative also led the NIH to recently award $ 20 million in funding for music and neuroscience research over five years.

As part of her advocacy, Fleming is also an advisor to the recently launched NEA / UCSF Ring Health Network and co-chair of the Aspen Institute / Johns Hopkins NeuroArts Plan, both working to advance the arts and health.

This event is free and open to the public, but the number of places is limited. Please call the Harriman-Jewell Series at 816-415-5025 to reserve your seat.

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WHAT: Renée Fleming, soprano in recital

WHEN: Thursday, November 18, 2021

TIME: 19h00

O: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

COT: Tickets starting at $ 25 * discounts available to students, educators, first responders, active duty military and veterans with valid ID

Pair a glorious voice with a winning personality and you’ve got a diva for the ages. Renée Fleming is a longtime favorite of the Harriman-Jewell series. With his numerous appearances on television and on Broadway, Fleming has been adopted by music lovers of all genres.

Whether she sings at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Olympics or Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Renée Fleming represents opera to the world. In addition to his many opera performances, Fleming often uses classical performance arias and the Great American Songbook in his recitals. Fleming’s signature rapport with the public will give his performance in Kansas City a personal and heartfelt warmth.

Rob ainsley is a pianist for the recital. His diverse career as a musician, conductor, educator and administrator has taken him to leading organizations and colleges from coast to coast. He is now director of the Cafritz Young Artists and the American Opera Initiative of the Washington National Opera. Ainsley performed with Renée Fleming in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Met Stars Live in Concert” August 2020 which was broadcast worldwide.

Tickets here.


Renée Fleming’s recital will mark the 977th performance since the creation of the Series in 1965. From free educational events that allow interaction with musicians and dancers, to our Free Discovery Concerts that are open to the community, the Harriman-Jewell series continues to provide rewarding opportunities for its community’s youth and lifelong learners.

For more information, contact Tracy Ingle, Acting Director of Marketing and Public Relations at [email protected] Where 816.415.7895. More information on these events and more on HJSERIES.ORG.


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