• March 11, 2015  at 6:00 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Conversation and Performance:  Reports from USC Brain and Creativity Institute’s 5-yearLongitudinal Study Involving YOLA at HOLA Students


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In 2012, the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) embarked upon a long-term research collaboration to investigate the emotional, social, and cognitive effects of musical training on childhood brain development. On March 11, LA Phil CEO and President Deborah Borda and Heart of Los Angeles Executive Director Tony Brown will discuss the study’s implications with USC College Brain and Creativity Institute Director Dr. Antonio Damasio, Dr. Assal Habibi, the lead investigator of the project, and Dr. Hanna Damasio, Director of Dornsife Neuroimaging Center. The investigators will offer insights on the study’s findings to date.

    We hope you will join us to learn about the fascinating intersection of music, the brain, and the development of youth in underserved communities.


  • March 25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.     


    IMAGINARY FEASTS - Film and Symposium

    A showing of the film "Imaginary Feasts" followed by a symposium with the director, Anne Georget,

    Dr. Stephen Smith of the Shoah Foundation and Dr. Antonio Damasio of the Brain and Creativity Institute.     

    For a brief preview of the film, please click here.





  • March 27, 2015 at 10:00 am                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BIG DATA TALK- Olaf Sporns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Recent years have seen significant advances in mapping structural and functional brain connectivity across several species, including humans. Common features of brain networks encountered in numerous studies are network modules (clusters of densely connected network elements) and hubs (nodes that are highly connected, central or vulnerable). The potentially important roles of modules and hubs are highlighted by the consideration of “communication dynamcis” – the ebb and flow of information within the overall network.  This talk will focus on the structural and functional roles of network modules and hubs in brain networks. I will discuss how hubs are defined and detected in structural and functional network data, and what predictions network models make about their contribution to signaling and communication processes. I will review recent work on how brain hubs are linked into “cores” or “rich clubs” and what this type of network architecture can tell us about integrative brain function.  I will end with a discussion of how a better understanding of brain networks may provide new insights into the network basis of human individuality and variation.



  • April 12, 2015                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    PEJMAN HADDADI IN CONCERT - Programme to be announced.

  • April 17, 2015  at 7:30 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ETIENNE GARA, Violinist and SONIA ACHKAR, Pianist - "FRENCH RECITAL"                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Programme:  Saint-Saens: Dance Macabre, Poulenc: Sonata, Beethoven: Spring Sonata, Bartok: Romanian Dances, Ravel: Tzigane



  • April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PROFESSOR NORMAN KRIEGER IN RECITAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    Professor Norman Krieger of the Thornton School of Music in recital.   Programme to be announced.                                                                                                                                                                                    








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