Music for a Better World
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:00pm-6:00pm 6th Floor Dining Room
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
How can classical music be used to enhance communication and increase understanding between people?
The Woodrow Wilson Center welcomes Finnish Scholar Emilie Gardberg, former Chief Executive Director of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland, for a discussion on ”The Change Project” and her co-authored upcoming book titled, Music for a Better World. The event will feature guest speaker Leila Josefowicz (Violinist) and guest performance by a quartet ensemble from The Choral Arts Society of Washington.
Through "The Change Project" researchers are creating a tangible tool for active listening and reflection on classical pieces, which intentionally or unintentionally have become a part of our global history. Focusing on the arts as a transformational power in society, the project asks important questions about music’s role in society, its reception, use and societal transformational qualities. Can music offer a forum for deeper communication between people? Can music enhance and clarify our expressions? Can music help us understand each other better and help us convey what we feel deep inside?
Please join the Wilson Center and the Finnish Embassy for an insightful conversation into how music and the arts play a powerful role in the creation of dialogue understanding between people.
Welcoming Address from the Embassy of Finland
Charles Kraus (Moderator), Program Lead, History and Public Policy Program
Emilie Gardberg (Co-Author), Wilson Center Finnish Scholar; Former Director of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Ruth Illman (Co-Author), Director of the Donner Institute, Docent (habilitation) of the Study of Religions at Åbo Akademi University
Leila Josefowicz (Guest Speaker), Violinist, Soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra