Violinist Catherine Cho and pianist Robert McDonald perform three Beethoven sonatas. $15, $10 seniors, $5 students with ID; 410-234-4800. 8 p.m. Leith Symington Griswold Hall, Peabody.
Tune in to http://ustream.tv/channel/johnshopkinsu at 6 p.m. to hear a live webcast on the Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative, broadcast from San Diego as part of the university's Rising to the Challenge fundraising campaign. Panelists are Patricia Davidson, Scott Zeger, William Nelson, and Stephen Desiderio.
What is it about music that lends itself to the visceral experience of being human? To tackle this question, the Peabody Institute hosts a two-day Music, Mind, Meaning conference, supported by the Brain Science Institute at the School of Medicine. Jan. 30 and 31. $100; free for JHU faculty, staff, and students. Details and registration at http://mmmbaltimore2014.org.
Blake Wilson, co-director of the Duke Hearing Center and co-winner of the 2013 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for his work on cochlear implants, is the featured speaker in the student-run Hopkins Medicine Distinguished Speaker Series. JHU faculty members will join Wilson to discuss the development and future of the cochlear implant. 4 p.m. Armstrong Medical Education Building, East Baltimore.
Sir Andrew Motion, the Chaffee Visiting Writer in the Writing Seminars and poet laureate of England from 1999 to 2009, reads from his works. 6:30 p.m. Location TBA; go to http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/reading-series.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show takes over the Arellano Theater at midnight. Levering Hall, Homewood.
Violinist Gil Shaham returns to the Shriver Hall Concert Series to complete the cycle of Bach's unaccompanied violin works begun in the 2010–11 season. $39; http://shriverhallconcerts.org. 5:30 p.m. Homewood.