Documentary Filmmaker Elena Mannes on Her First Book, The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Elena MannesThe Power of MusicDocumentary filmmaker Elena Mannes speaks about her first book, The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song. Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music. Music can evoke profound emotional and physical responses, moving us to cry, laugh, and dance—but does music have a neurological impact? Mannes explores how neuroscientists and psychologists are learning how melody, rhythm and harmony can change the way our brains work.

Mannes developed and created a primetime PBS special, The Music Instinct: Science and Song, which explored recent discoveries about the power of music and its connection to the body, the brain and to the world of nature. Mannes has won six Emmys and many other national awards for her documentaries. She is a member of one of the first families of American music. Her grandparents founded the Mannes College of Music in New York City; her great uncle, Walter Damrosch, conducted the Metropolitan Opera and was the instigator for the building of Carnegie Hall. She lives in New York City.


Photo credit: Bill Farrell


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