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Join us for an in-person & virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Wednesday, September 11, 2024, 8pm
Daniel J. Levitin
in conversation with Stewart Copeland
discussing his book,
I Heard There Was a Secret Chord: Music as Medicine

Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center

at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
Face masks recommended
Wednesday, September 11, 2024, 8pm
General Admission ticket +signed book
$25  General Admission tickets 

Monday , September 16, 2024, 6pm PT/9pm ET
$45 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses)
*Includes access to watch the event on September 16 at 6pm PT/9pm ET and on video-on-demand for five days after it airs

Neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author of This Is Your Brain on Music Daniel J. Levitin reveals the deep connections between music and healing.
Daniel J. Levitin is a neuroscientist, musician, and the author of four New York Times best-selling books, including This Is Your Brain on Music. He is dean emeritus at Minerva University, professor emeritus at McGill University, and visiting professor at UCLA. A saxophonist, guitarist, bass player, and vocalist, he has worked as a producer and recording consultant. He lives in California.

Stewart Copeland recruited Sting and Andy Summers in 1977 and founded The Police. He is an acclaimed film composer, and works across the worlds of opera, ballet, chamber, and world music. He has sold more than 60 million records worldwide and won numerous awards, including seven Grammy awards—most recently a 2023 Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album and a 2022 Best New Age award for Divine Tides, a collaboration with Indian musician Ricky Kej. His film and tv score credits include Francis Coppola’s Rumble Fish, Oliver Stone’s Wall St. and Talk Radio, Silent Fall, Highlander II—The Quickening, The Equalizer, Dead Like Me, among many others. Copeland’s operatic works include two based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe—The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Hart; The Invention of Morel; Electric Saint; Satan’s Fall and The Witches Seed, his 2022 collaboration with creative partner and Pretenders lead singer/songwriter Chrissie Hynde.
“For many years I have wondered why a bunch of frequencies organized into a piece of music has the ability, even without words, to make the listener cry and become emotional. Although I know this happens to me and many people, I have often wondered how this can be. Dr. Levitin, in this latest book, I Heard There Was a Secret Chord: Music as Medicine, has some fascinating insights into this great phenomenon.”
Paul McCartney
Music is one of humanity’s oldest medicines. From the Far East to the Ottoman Empire, Europe to Africa and the pre-colonial Americas, many cultures have developed their own rich traditions for using sound and rhythm to ease suffering, promote healing, and calm the mind.
In his latest work, neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music) explores the curative powers of music, showing us how and why it is one of the most potent therapies today. He brings together, for the first time, the results of numerous studies on music and the brain, demonstrating how music can contribute to the treatment of a host of ailments, from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, to cognitive injury, depression, and pain.
Levitin is not your typical scientist―he is also an award-winning musician and composer, and through lively interviews with some of today’s most celebrated musicians, from Sting to Kent Nagano and Mari Kodama, he shares their observations as to why music might be an effective therapy, in addition to plumbing scientific case studies, music theory, and music history. The result is a work of dazzling ideas, cutting-edge research, and jubilant celebration. I Heard There Was a Secret Chordhighlights the critical role music has played in human biology, illuminating the neuroscience of music and its profound benefits for those both young and old.