Kentucky Author Forum Presents Renee Fleming and Richard Powers

Renée Fleming Acclaimed singer, and author of Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness Interviewed by Richard Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Conductor and Music Director of Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams, Master of Ceremonies Monday, April 8, 2024 at THE KENTUCKY CENTER. 

RENÉE FLEMING is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. She is also a leading advocate for research at the intersection of arts, health, and neuroscience. Her new book, Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness, contains essays from preeminent scientists, artists, therapists, educators and physicians about the powerful impacts of music and the arts on health and the human experience. The book is the latest milestone in a journey that began in 2015 and led to the first ongoing collaboration between the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health. 

A growing body of research shows music and arts therapies to be astonishingly effective tools for addressing a widening array of conditions, from providing pain relief, to regaining speech after stroke or traumatic brain injury, and improving mobility for people with disorders that include Parkinson's disease and MS. Ms. Fleming is a Goodwill Ambassador for Arts and Health for the World Health Organization. In December, she was awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor. She has won five Grammy awards and has received the U.S. National Medal of Arts. Her singing includes momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Super Bowl. In November, she starred in the Metropolitan Opera's world premiere staging of The Hours, a new opera based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and award-winning film. She won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album for Voice of Nature: the Anthropocene. 

RICHARD POWERS is a novelist with a background in environmental and computer science whose work focuses on the relationship between humanity and the natural world. He is the author of thirteen novels. Powers’ The Overstory was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is a polymath and his fiction explores connections among disciplines as disparate as photography, artificial intelligence, musical composition and performance, ecology, genomics, game theory, virtual reality, race, biology, and business. 

Powers is a MacArthur Fellow, and a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His books have won numerous recognitions including the 2006 National Book Award and TIME Magazine's Book of the Year. 

TEDDY ABRAMS is in his tenth season as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra. He has been the galvanizing force behind the orchestra’s extraordinary artistic renewal and commitment to innovative community engagement. Abrams is a conductor, composer, pianist and clarinetist. He won the 2024 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for The American Project. He was Musical America’s 2022 Conductor of the Year. 

Event Details
University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum April 8th at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts 
5:00 PM - Wine and Cheese Reception, Carmichael’s pre-signed book sale in the lobby 6:00 PM – Interview in the Bomhard Theater 
7:00 PM - Q&A with audience in the Bomhard Theater $35 package includes all evening events before 
7:30 PM – Special Dinner in honor of Renée Fleming, Richard Powers, and Teddy Abrams at Muhammad Ali Center 

Ticket price: $35
A $165 package includes all events, plus dinner ($40 tax deductible contribution to non-profit Kentucky Author Forum) 

Tickets on sale at The Kentucky Center. Visit convenient Drive-Thru on Main Street, Monday through Friday, 11am-6pm 
Call 502-584-7777 or visit: 

Discounted tickets for University of Louisville students, faculty, and staff may be purchased in person with UofL ID at The Kentucky Center drive-thru service Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Limit of two tickets per order. 

“Great Conversations created in Louisville and heard Nationwide.” The University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forums are made available to PBS member stations nationwide, under the title Great Conversations. KAF is the only Louisville cultural program to be broadcast nationally. Forums are also recorded as podcast episodes, called Great Podversations, which are distributed by Louisville Public Media, and available on iTunes, NPR, Spotify, Stitcher, and most other podcast apps. 

The Kentucky Author Forum series is produced by Mary Moss Greenebaum, and is sponsored by the Owsley Brown II Family, Bittners, and LDG Development. Other partners include Carmichael’s Bookstore, Kentucky Performing Arts, KET, Courier-Journal, and Louisville Public Media.

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