Sorry, Ludwig: Oliver Sacks’ Brain on Bach

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Famed neurologist Oliver Sacks has been a lifelong lover of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and thanks to a team at Columbia University (including WSF alum Joy Hirsch) he was able to put his favorite composer to the test. In a clip from NOVA, Bach is pitted against Ludwig van Beethoven, while a brain scanner analyzed the results. See all content from Reawakening the Brain Through Music

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Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Moderator: Lesley Stahl
Participants: Oliver Sacks, Petr Janata, Stanley Jordan, Concetta Tomaino

A composer finds freedom from Tourette’s through music; an amnesiac remembers distant memories when he hears the Grateful Dead; a patient with Parkinson’s listens to her favorite tunes and regains the ability to walk without tremors. What is it about music that can transport us to the past, reawaken distant emotions, and even heal some neurological disorders? Join renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and pioneering music therapists as they use intimate portraits of patients profoundly transformed by music to explore the neural mechanisms behind music's...[Read more]