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Former Winston-Salem Symphony conductor to speak on music and the learning process

April 9, 2009

Peter Perret, former conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, will present “Music, Mind and Learning” at 4 p.m. April 22 in Room 204 at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The event, which is part of the spring 2009 Library Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Perret will talk about the origins of music/brain research and discuss recent discoveries with an eye toward practical applications.  Perret is the creator of the Music, Mind & Learning method (formerly known as the Bolton Project), in which a woodwind quintet takes on a residency in an underachieving elementary school using music to significantly increase reading and math abilities.  He speaks frequently on the connection between music, brain development and the learning process and has made presentations at the American Symphony Orchestra League, Orchestras Canada, the National Dyslexia Research Foundation and the Singapore Arts Academy.

In addition to serving previously as music director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Perret has led the Buffalo Philharmonic in New York and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra in South Africa.

Perret holds advanced degrees in conducting and chamber music from the Conservatoire Royal de Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, and in conducting from Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

For more information on the event, call (336) 758-4713.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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