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Honolulu Symphony-music for the brain
by Reenie Young, Opinion editor

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 $600.

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 outlets.

 

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