For more information, contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine Marketing and Communications, Cindy Young at (937) 775-2951, or Phillip Neal at (937) 775-4587.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2009

Symposium at Wright State University on June 1 to explore the connections between music, medicine

Free, public event to feature presentations, performances by faculty in the WSU Department of Music and Boonshoft School of Medicine

DAYTON, Ohio-While most people consider music an art and medicine a science, the two actually have much in common. There is a definite scientific basis to music, which is also deeply mathematical, and healing is an art that requires creativity and vision as well as clinical skill.

A special symposium at Wright State University on June 1 will explore the meeting of these seemingly separate worlds through a series of interesting talks and inspiring musical performances by faculty scientists, physicians and musicians, as well as special guests.

The event, co-sponsored by the WSU Department of Music and the Boonshoft School of Medicine, is free and open to the public, and runs from noon until 7 p.m. With the exception of a special encore concert at 6 p.m. in the WSU Concert Hall, all events will take place in White Hall on the Wright State campus.

At 4:30 p.m., internationally renowned opera singers Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke will deliver the keynote presentation, "Thinking Outside the Box: Improvisation in Music, Medicine and Life." Dixon and Burke will also be speaking earlier in the day and will participate in the encore concert to conclude the event

For more information on the symposium, including a full list of presenters, performers and topics, visit www.wright.edu/music/music-med.

Editor's note: For more information or to schedule an interview contact: Phillip Neal, Marketing and Communications, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, (937) 775-4587 or phillip.neal@wright.edu.