Love, Anger, and Tragedy: The brain basis of emotion in music

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Music is an essential part of human existence, and the emotional response to music seems to tap into something deep and universal. Join us for an operatic and scientific tour de force, featuring award-winning mezzo-soprano, Beste Kalender and Ryerson University’s Professor Frank Russo.

In this interactive performance/lecture Beste and Professor Russo will explore the brain basis of emotion in music featuring excerpts from Arias composed by Schoenberg, Bizet, Mozart, Handel, and others. Beste will be accompanied by Geoffrey Conquer, two-time First Prize winner of the McGill Symphony Concerto Competition and the 2015 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition in Germany.


Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 116 Bond Street, Toronto

Admission is free


Accessibility: The Chang School is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact Mena Carravetta 2–3 weeks in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements.

CONTACT: Mena Carravetta
416.979.5103
mena.carravetta@ryerson.ca

    Dr. Frank Russo is a professor of Psychology at Ryerson University and an affiliate scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He studies the biological, cognitive, and social bases of music and vocal-facial communication. He is also engaged in the development of music-based programs and technologies that may support the social wellbeing of people living with communication difficulties. He has received numerous research awards and grants. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and Massey College, and is past president of the Canadian Acoustical Association.

    Dr. Frank Russo

    Described as having “a voice that is both fluid and expressive” by Opera News and “a rich, gleaming tone” by Opera Canada, Beste Kalender recently made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall with the world-renowned pianist Warren Jones. Beste made her professional role debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Calgary Opera. The Turkish native mezzo soprano was named Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques du Canada for a fourth time in 2016. She won Bourse Lyrique Coréen & Bourse Lyrique Allemande, as well as other engagements through the world. She was the recipient of the 2013 Prix Jeune Espoir and Prix du Cnipal de Marseille of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques du Canada. This coming season, Beste will be returning to Carnegie Hall, this time to perform at The Marilyn Horne Song Celebration concert among other internationally celebrated artists with two distinguished pianists: Warren Jones and Martin Katz. She will also be making her concert debut in Moscow with Helikon Opera and with Bolshoi Theatre in Minsk. She will be performing Countess in Canadian premiere of Mercadante’s I Due Figaro with Opera in Concert and the title role in La Belle Helene by Offenbach with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

    Beste Kalender

    Canadian pianist Geoffrey Conquer was born into a musical family and began lessons at the age of six. After a decade of private study with Svetlana Gojevic in Toronto, he studied at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University with legendary pianist Marina Mdivani. From 2016 to 2017, he was a fellow at the Glenn Gould School. He pursued additional training at the Banff Centre, The Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, and The International Holland Music Sessions. Through master classes, Geoffrey has gained insight from many important artistic personalities including Martha Argerich, Jacques Rouvier, Daniel Pollack, and Leon Fleisher. He is the only two-time First Prize winner of the McGill Symphony Concerto Competition, and is a Second Prize winner of the 2015 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition in Germany. His performances have been broadcast on Radio 1 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and on CBC-McGill.

    Geoffrey Conquer

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