Daniel J. Levitin, Author of the #1 Best Seller “This Is Your Brain On Music” Speaks at the MAC April 14

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COD Professor of Music Tom Tallman Discusses Levitin’s Research Techniques in Free MAC Chat Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
GLEN ELLYN, IL — The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, presents a speaking engagement of Daniel J. Levitin, author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. An engaging speaker, Levitin will leave the audience thinking about music, memory and technology in an entirely new way.

Levitin will be the first speaker in the Daily Herald’s Author’s Circle Book Club, a collaboration between the Daily Herald and the MAC. Readers can join the Author’s Circle Book Club for free at events.dailyherald.com.

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is James McGill Professor of Psychology, Music, and Computer Science at McGill University and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI.  He is the author of the three consecutive #1 bestselling books “This Is Your Brain On Music,” “The World in Six Song” and his newest book, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload,” released in 2014.

Levitin has published more than 100 scientific articles in leading journals, including Science, Nature, PNAS, Neuron, and Cognition. He is credited with fundamental discoveries about the nature of musical memory and absolute pitch, the neural correlates of musical structure, and the role of the cerebellum in mediating musical emotion. Prior to entering academia, Levitin was a record producer and engineer with artists such as Blue Öyster Cult, Santana, and Stevie Wonder.

A popular public speaker, Levitin has spoken to sold-out audiences of 1,200-5,000 all over the world.  He has given keynote addresses for the Glenn Gould Foundation, Kindermusik, California Music Educators, Canadian Music Week, and Brandtrust Advertising Executives. He has given invited lectures to the United States Library of Congress, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as an invited presentation to the Canadian Ministers of Culture on the future of music and copyright.

Prior to the lecture, College of DuPage Professor of Music Tom Tallman will discuss the exciting research techniques of Dr. Daniel Levitin in the areas of musical cognition, music therapy and the music/wellness connection. This free MAC Chat will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 140 of the McAninch Arts Center.


Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd., presents a speaking engagement of Dr. Daniel Levitin, author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $16, $12 for students. The lecture will be preceded by a free MAC Chat beginning at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I 88 and I-355,  and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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