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Neurology professor to present research findings on the mind of acclaimed pianist

Posted by on November 15, 2013

“Mindplays of a Ragtime Pianist: A Journey into Brain Function and the Neuroscience of Music” will be presented at Aurora University next Wednesday evening by Kerstin Bettermann, associate professor of neurology at Penn State College of Medicine, and pianist Bob Milne Milne, father of AU professor Carrie Milne-Zelman. Milne is an extraordinary musician—despite having never really practiced. Using his natural ability to hear and play music, he performs multiple complex rhythms simultaneously while carrying on conversations and lecturing to his audience on the historical aspects of ragtime music. Bettermann will explore how Milne is able to perform without musical training and address what the neuroscience of music throughout the last centuries can teach people about how the brain works. This free event is open to the public; reservations are not required.

Date:               Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time:              7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration, 1347 Prairie St., Aurora, Ill.


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