24. March 2019 - 14:00 till 15:00
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LA Made: Melody as a Universal Language: Lecture-Concert by Dr. Makiko Hirata | Central Library - Mark Taper Auditorium | Sunday, 24. March 2019

In this unique lecture-concert, pianist Dr. Makiko Hirata will demonstrate how melodies reflect our universal vocal inflections: our innately human desire to communicate and empathize with each other. For example, a higher-pitched loud exclamation signifies excitement and call for attention. A softer, lower-pitched utterance is more calming, assuring, and affectionate. Some scientists trace our vocal tendencies back to Neanderthals, and consider it the origin of music, predating languages. Music reminds us that what we share is greater than our differences. Music IS a universal language. 
Kawai America Corporation has kindly provided its Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano for this performance by Dr. Makiko Hirata. Dr. Hirata is a Shigeru Kawai Artist.