Feb. 18

Horn-piano duo set

Feb. 18 concert

UA Music School professors Daniel Katzen and Michael Dauphinais return to the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with a program of horn and piano music by Richard Strauss and Ferdinand Ries.

Katzen is one of the busiest and most popular French horn players in the western United States. In January he brought his students from the Betty Katzen Horn Studio to perform at the Arizona Senior Academy, and now, three weeks later, amid a number of other performances near and far, he’s back.

This time he brings fellow musician Michael Dauphinais, Tucson’s own “marvelous collaborative pianist” (ITEA Journal).

Dauphinais performs extensively as a chamber musician with singers and instrumentalists, and plays regularly with Tucson’s Artifact Dance Project. He currently serves on the music faculty at the University of Arizona.

“Collaboration is very important in a musical and academic community,” Katzen said. “Finding the right musicians and together searching for the best combination of instruments or voice are the most creative parts of preparing a recital.”

— Janet Kerans

Feb. 19

UA expert to detail how

MRIs have transformed care

The evolution of MRI technology has revealed much of what we know about the evolving brain and has revolutionized clinical care.

Dr. Diego Martin, head of the radiology department at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, will discuss the evolution of this new modality for medical imaging during a talk at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Martin’s lecture is an encore presentation of his part in the UA College of Science’s annual Science Lecture Series, whose theme this year is “The Evolving Brain.” The six weekly lectures continue through March 10 at Centennial Hall on the UA campus.

As in past years, the Arizona Senior Academy is bringing these lectures — live or via podcast — to east-side audiences. Martin’s talk will be live.

What is MRI? Why do you need to take off your watch and bracelet when undergoing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan? What is the banging noise as the scan proceeds? What can your doctor learn from it? How can it help diagnose brain injuries and disease processes?

Martin is internationally recognized for his research focusing on innovations to MRI technology and new applications for MRI in diagnosing disease and monitoring therapy.

— Walter Freedman

Feb. 20

Can we become happier

by embracing conflict?

Can people find happiness by embracing conflict? Can we become happier by helping others?

Charles Raison, an associate professor in the UA College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, made that argument as part of last fall’s Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness.

Raison will repeat his lecture, “Compassion Training as a Path to Genuine Happiness,” at 3:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Raison argues that facing conflict and frustration head-on can produce internal changes linked to happiness. Derived from ancient Tibetan Buddhist teachings, this approach has been secularized into a technique known as Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, or CBCT.

Raison will offer evidence that compassion training has the potential to optimize emotional and physical health through a variety of inter-related effects, including improving emotional and biological stress responses and enhancing the brain’s empathic responses to others in ways that might reduce depression.

He has shared his research with the Dalai Lama and serves as a mental-health expert for CNNhealthcare.com. He is co-director of the Institute for Cognitively-Based Compassion Training and was the 2011 chairman of the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress.

His talk is the third of five encore lectures featured in last fall’s Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness.

On Feb. 26, David Raichlen will speak live on “The Evolutionary Links Between Exercise and Happiness,” and on March 6 the academy will present a video recording of Daniel C. Russell’s talk, “Happiness: A Feeling or a Future?”

— Mike Maharry