BRAMS co-directors take part in The Science of Opera 2012

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BRAMS is pleased to announce that its co-directors, Prof. Isabelle Peretz (Université de Montréal) and Prof. Robert Zatorre (Montreal Neurological Institute), will be taking part in The Science of Opera, on June 4th 2012, 6pm, at McGill.

During this 3 hour session, participants will get the chance to understand the science of the Opera by being presented with research into our neurological relationship to sound, which will then be interpreted by Karine Boucher, Aidan Ferguson et Jérémie Pelletier performing pieces taken from the Opera’s current selection of works. Dr Robert Zatorre (Montreal Neurological Institute) will provide an introduction to the brain and the circuits most relevant for music, the nature of specialization of the musician’s brain and necessary brain circuits for musical emotion. Dr Boris Kleber (University of Tübingen, Germany) will present on the basics of song physiology and vocal control as well as the nature of the singer’s brain and what makes it special. Dr Isabelle Peretz (Université de Montréal) discusses her own research on tone-deafness or amusia, what happens when the brain is out of tune and why some people simply just can’t sing.

This session is co-presented by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology at McGill University and The Montreal Opera.

Date: Monday, June 4, 2012

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: McGill University, Tana Schulich Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West

Price: $49.00

Registration: Mandatory registration online:

Current McGill students and McGill alumni will receive a 20% discount off the session fee. Current McGill staff will receive a 50% discount off the session fee. A cancellation policy does apply.


For more information

Tel. 514-398-5212