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Your Brain on Music

Why is music such a source of pleasure? How does rhythm affect us? Answer these and many more questions about the connection between brain and music by joining us for an evening of discussion and musical performance. Robert Zatorre and Simone Dalla Bella, two leading researchers in the field, and musicians from the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will guide you on a neuroscientific and musical journey. Zatorre, a researcher at The Neuro, has spent his life studying our emotional response to music and the impact of musical practice on brain plasticity. Dalla Bella, a professor at the Université de Montréal and co-director of BRAMS, is an expert in the perception of rhythm in music and its clinical applications in neurodegenerative and developmental diseases. Accompanied by select musicians from the symphony, they will discuss the latest research into music’s impact on the brain. Michel Rochon will be your host, a science journalist and author of several books on the brain, including Le cerveau et la musique. An evening of music and science not to be missed!


Discussions and presentations will be in French

Time & Location

Oct 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Doors open at 6 p.m. for a Welcome Drink)

Salle de Concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal,

4750 Av. Henri-Julien, 

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Oct 16, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


6:00–7:00 PM - Welcome Drink


7:00–9:00 PM - Performance and Discussion

Guest speakers 

Michel Rochon, author, science journalist, lecturer and musician (Moderator) 

Robert Zatorre, The Neuro

Simone Dalla Bella, Université de Montréal 

Discussions and presentations will be in French

String quartet from l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Olivier Thouin, violon

Ariane Lajoie, violon

Sofia Gentile, alto

Sylvain Murray, violoncelle

Musical pieces

Schubert : Quartettsatz, D. 703

Beethoven : Quatuor op. 18 no. 4 (movements 3 & 4)

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