MIRA and HPO to examine music and hearing loss at Burlington event

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Published: ​September 4, 2019 | By Janet Bell

With a focus on aging-related hearing loss, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are hosting a public concert and lecture next week to examine how Beethoven’s life and music evolved with his deafness.

Music and Hearing Loss: Can they go together? will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Burlington Public Library (Central Location, Centennial Room, 2331 New Street). This event is part of a public series developed by MIRA and the HPO, in collaboration with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) and the Burlington Public Library (BPL).

“MIRA is excited to expand this public series from Hamilton to ​Burlington,” said Ine Wauben, Managing Director of MIRA. “We hope this event will engage older community members in topics around aging and music.”

Dr. Dan Bosnyak, technical director from McMaster’s LIVELab, will be joined by Abigail Richardson-Schulte, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Composer-in-Residencewhere, together, they will examine musical and scientific perspectives on why hearing loss occurs and how musical listening is impacted by this loss. The event will feature musical performances by HPO’s String Quartet.

MIRA is committed to sharing ground breaking research and educational initiatives in aging at McMaster University with members of the community through public events such as this, as well as through public platforms, like the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal.  

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but is strongly encouraged as space is limited. Register online at attend.bpl.on.ca/event/3085379.

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