In this Michael Tilson Thomas keynote the world renowned musician and musical director talks about the power for classical music to speak to people on a fundamentally emotional level.
In regards to classical melodies, Thomas says that it "distills and condenses music into its essence, creating a new language that speaks about who we really are." He discusses the tendency for classical pieces to become passed down from generation to generation, offering individuals a personal experience that speaks directly to that person's history and soul.
The way in which individuals react to classical music too has changed as people inherit centuries worth of changes in regards to musical theories, practices and fashion. Thomas ends his keynote by discussing modern day projects that study the phenomenon of music and emotion as they transcend and evolve throughout history.