It’s only classical music! Don’t be scared! [Guest Post]

22 Jan

By Kimberly Dimond

Managing Director of the Midland Symphony Orchestra

The Midland Symphony Orchestra is pairing up with MYPros for our next concert on Saturday, February 8. Attending a classical music performance can be intimidating if you are unsure what to expect. Everyone is welcome at our concerts, no matter how familiar you are with the program. This is the time to let go of any preconceptions you may have about classical music or the concert experience. We want you to feel comfortable and enjoy yourself. Don’t be scared, it’s just music!

Classical music is all around us: in commercials, movie soundtracks, television themes, cartoons, video games, and battling Kenny G and Celine Dion for top airplay in elevators and doctor’s offices. Attending a live orchestra concert formalizes the classical music experience, but it shouldn’t feel daunting. Just like lyrics to a song, a symphony tells a story. You can sit back, relax and listen to it as background music, try and follow the themes and motivations, or visually follow the movements of the conductor and musicians.

The Midland Symphony Orchestra will perform the same night as MYPros Ribbit, Rhythms & Red Shoes event at the Midland Center for the Arts. MYPros will have a chance to meet and greet the music director before the show!

Why Classical Music?
Orchestras encourage creativity and bring people together to share the experience of live music. Orchestras fuel local economies, attract new business developments, increase tuxedo sales (☺), educate young people, and unite individuals and cultures in times of suffering and joy. The country is brimming with extraordinary musicians, live concerts, and orchestras as unique as the communities they serve. We are lucky to have a professional orchestra to enjoy right in our own backyards here in Midland.

Attending the MSO Can Make You Smarter!
Known as the “Mozart effect,” a set of research published by the Oxford University Press contends that classical music can make you smarter, raising your IQ by a few points while you’re listening. Next time you’re trying to crack a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, it couldn’t hurt to crank up the classical tunes. This is the one time your elderly neighbor may jam along.

Classical music isn’t just for your parents. Give it a try – you might really enjoy it!

Classical Music De-Stresses Like a Valium!
According to a study at the University of Baltimore, classical music and Valium both have the same anti-anxiety benefits for heart patients. Thirty minutes of classical music equals one dose of the stress-free drug. The MSO is here to help you do some serious relaxing.

Symphony 101 
If you’re still unsure and need some more tips on what to wear to a concert, when should you clap, etc., you can read our Symphony 101 guidelines. It’s only classical music though. Don’t be scared!

Midland Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Bohuslav Rattay, is known for his red shoes.

Music Director Bohuslav Rattay and Principal Trumpet Matt Thomas give you an exclusive preview of the Feb. 8 concert in this interview.

Learn more about the MSO and conductor Bohuslav Rattay! We hope to see you at the upcoming MYPros event on Feb. 8!


Ribbits, Rhythms & Red Shoes MYPros event will take place on February 8 at Midland Center for the Arts. Register here.


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