Creativity and Classical Music: Harnessing the Power of Mozart

If, as they say, Mozart makes you smarter, then Classical 101 at your desk may be the best move you make all day.

According to an article published in the NY Times…

People’s minds tend to wander, “and we know that a wandering mind is unhappy,” says Dr. Amit Sood, a physician of integrative medicine with the Mayo Clinic. “Most of that time, we are focusing on the imperfections of life.” Music can bring us back to the present moment.

So the next time a project simply isn’t coming together, turn on some great music…it might just make the difference.

Read The Power of Music, Tapped in a Cubicle (NY Times)

 Aussie Quartet Takes on Airline to Get Violin on Board

Much publicity has resulted from musicians being forced to check valuable instruments with their luggage when they travel.  One musician famously took on United Airlines after they broke his Taylor guitar, then refused to pay for it.  With 12,000,000 hits and counting, Dave Carroll and the Sons of Maxwell may never have that big a hit on the charts, but they certainly lit up YouTube.  (See the video below)

Violinist Tor Frømyhr, who has had a number of bad experiences with airlines, may be able to thank the Childers String Quartet for a loosening of the rules for traveling with musical instruments.

The Aussie quartet is comprised of some of Frømyhr’s students.  After an hour of wrangling at the gate, his students helped convince employees of Etihad Airlines they they were going to pull out of the flight, which would have caused even more delay, if their teacher wasn’t allowed to carry his violin on.

Read Aussie Quartet Takes on Etihad Airways to Get Violin on Board (Limelight Magazine)

Watch United breaks guitars

Cincinnati Symphony/Pops Sees Attendance Uptick

While some orchestras struggle to put seats in the seats, the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops have seen an attendance increase of nearly eight percent, even after the departure of conductor Paavo Jaervi and the death of wildly popular pops conductor Erich Kunzel.

Read CSO Sales, Attendance Increase (