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Classical Notes: March 25, 2009 Archive

Miraculous Music makes the blind see

Posted at 10:53 AM on March 25, 2009 by Alison Young

Last week, Gillian Martin wrote a blog Musicians' Brains and Emotional Subtlety. Well, it seems that not only can music make one more sensitive to others, it may also help the blind see.

A recent study in the UK shows that listening to music can help restore impaired vision in stroke patients. The head of the study says "Music appears to improve awareness because of its positive emotional effect on the patient, so similar beneficial effects may also be gained by making the patient happy in other ways."

While I write this, I'm listening to the latest release from the British group Stile Antico and it is indeed making this "patient" happy and more aware!

Orchestras Feeding America

Posted at 1:52 PM on March 25, 2009 by Gillian Martin

The League of American Orchestras is promoting a nation-wide food drive this weekend, called Orchestras Feeding America. Find out more about the genesis of the project here.

At least two local orchestras will participate:

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will collect food at its concert at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie on Friday, March 27, with collections benefiting People Reaching Out to Other People.

The Minnesota Orchestra will accept donations of non-perishable food items at Orchestra Hall before concerts on March 27 and 28.