“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen – St. Catharines Tourism

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Blog | April 17, 2018

Chorus Niagara sent out a great advertorial, but first, I should explain the way in which I work at home on my computer. I downloaded a free software program called Spotify which plays music in the background while I type.

The great thing about Spotify is that I can tell it to search and play any piece of music that I want. Like a kid in the proverbial candy store. Could it access Dave Brubeck? Aretha Franklin? The Moody Blues? Yup. Wow.

So (this involves a bit of work), I performed a Google search on the greatest 100 classical pieces of music of all time, and then I built up my listening library via Spotify. Now, I can listen to the most wonderful music ever created – all day long – for free!

There is one drawback to the free version of Spotify. You get intermittent commercials. I merely turn down the volume.

Thus, you might imagine my delight when I opened the latest email from Chorus Niagara, and it asked –  “Not into Mozart, Beethoven or Bach? If you are not into listening to classical music, you could be missing out on a number of mental and physical benefits. Don’t believe us? Check out these 10 surprising benefits of listening to classical music.”

  1. Decreases blood pressure. Want to keep your heart healthy? Classical music is effective in lowering individuals’ blood pressure.
  2. Fights depression. Several studies have proven that classical music helps ease symptoms of melancholy and depression.
  3. Boost memory. Classical music increases brain wave activity that’s linked directly to memory.
  4. Relieves pain. Several studies have shown that listening to classical music can help relieve pain. In fact, patients listening to classical music used significantly less pain medication.
  5. Sparks creativity. Listening to classical music gets your creative juices flowing.
  6. Puts you to sleep. Listening to classical music 45 minutes before bed can help improve sleep quality.
  7. Reduces stress levels. Scientists claim that classical music’s tempo is similar to that of the human heart which eases both anxiety and depression.
  8. Makes you happy. Listening to classical music can help increase dopamine secretion which activates the brain’s reward and pleasure center.
  9. Super charges brainpower. Students who listen to a lecturer in which classical music was played in the background scored better on a test compared to other students.
  10. Improves productivity. A series of studies have proven that music makes repetitive tasks more enjoyable and employees more productive.

There you have it – 10 benefits of listening to classical music. Now, get out to the next performance of Chorus Niagara – The Majesty of Mozart and relish Mozart’s works, the majestic Mass in C Minor for four stellar soloists, brilliant choruses, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra with Bradley Thachuk, Music Director – a full operatic flourish with Mozart excerpts from his greatest operas Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte and The Magic Flute. Saturday May 5, 7:30pm at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. (www.firstontariopac.ca; boxoffice@FirstOntarioPAC.ca; Phone: 905-688-0722, Toll Free: 1-855-515-0722)

I’m seriously pumped, and you probably know why. Thanks to Spotify, I can easily preview the entire works!

Also, don’t forget the NSO’s – POPS! 4, BROADWAY REIMAGINED which plays this week – Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:30PM and Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 2:30PM.

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