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'Lunasa and the Brain' event explores connection between music and movement

US neurology professor Steven Frucht will explore how learning to play music ‘remodels’ the brain.

A SPECIAL MUSIC event is being held at the National Concert Hall later this month to explore the relationship between movement and music.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Movement Disorder Society are hosting the 19 June event to mark the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders which is being held in Dublin this month.

Guest speaker Prof Steven Frucht, professor of neurology at Mount Sinair Medical Center in New York, will discuss the origins of musical talent and how the brain is ‘remoulded’ through the process of learning to play a musical instrument. However, when the remodelling of a musician’s brain goes awry, it can result in dystonia – a neurological movement disorder of involuntary muscle contractions which can affect anyone at any age.

The professor runs a clinic for musicians with dystonia in New York and is himself an accomplished violinist.

Frucht’s presentation will be followed by music from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the traditional group Lúnasa.

The event ‘Lúnasa and the Brain’ is being held from 8pm on 19 June at the National Concert Orchestra and tickets cost from €20 to €27 (concessions are available and there is a 10 per cent group discount).

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