Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
May 17, 2010
The Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet took place in the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens on May 17, 2010. For the first time since we’ve met at Meadowlark, it rained and for the first time Bill Folsom, Meadowlark’s resident photographer was unable to attend. Thus, we don’t have the wonderful images that Bill usually takes on the terrace (But see his site, anyway; it’s beautiful. http://www.wfolsom.com/ )
This year, past president Al Teich and VP Affiliates filled in admirably with photos from the Great Indoors.
Our speaker this year was David Teie (pronounced tie). A cellist with the National Symphony Orchestra, David was commissioned by Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony to write one of the Hechinger encores, Fuga Eroica which received its premiere with the NSO in February of 2004, and in November of 2005 premiered his Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra with the Anchorage Symphony. In 2005 -06 David developed and outlined the first comprehensive theory that attempts to explain the cognitive processes involved in our appreciation of music. Working with Charles T. Snowdon at the University of Wisconsin, they studied the affect of David’s species-specific music on cotton-topped tamarin monkeys, resulting in the first controlled study that demonstrated significant and appropriate responses to music from any species other than human. David is currently working with Jagmeet Kanwal at Georgetown University to see if combination sensitivity is involved in emotional response to music, as David’s theory predicts. He is also working with Erica Kennedy at Frostburg State University on continued testing of species-specific music on cotton-topped tamarins.
You can see his talk here.