Music stirs up feelings and emotions and helps to define
a person’s preferences and tastes. But did you know it could
also help make you smarter?
According to Maui Times Magazine, a study at UC-Irvine showed
“a link between music education and the development of spatial
intelligence, which is what enables the mind to unscramble
words, assemble puzzles, and perform complex functions like
solving geometry problems.”
So where do we go in Honolulu to get a music education?
Well, there is a show on KHPR (FM 88.1) every weekday afternoon,
but more immediately, and only minutes from downtown, is the
Blaisdell Concert Hall and where the Honolulu Symphony plays.
Founded in 1900, which makes it “the oldest American orchestra
west of the Rocky Mountains,” the Symphony originally had
only 35 musicians and began “by giving lawn concerts,” a few
times a year, according to honolulusymphony.com.
This year it will perform a larger schedule of concerts including
opera and jazz as well as celebration of different cultures
in Hawai‘i--particularly Korean and Chinese-through folk music
Ticket prices depend on how many concerts one attends and
range from the cheapest at $17 to a subscription package at
HPU students can get a 20 percent discount on single concerts
by showing their ID when purchasing tickets. Single tickets
can be purchased through the Symphony’s Website, the Dole
Cannery office, the Blaisdell Box Office, and all Ticket Plus