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Turns out that music really is intoxicating, after all

Turns out that music really is intoxicating, after allAn "outburst of the soul," the composer Frederick Delius called music. The sounds associated with the form produce "a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without," observed Confucius. It is the art "which is most nigh to tears and memory," noted the writer Oscar Wilde.

It turns out that these guys were more on target than we thought. Our experience of the music we love stimulates the pleasure chemical dopamine in our brain, concludes a new study produced by a slew of scholars at McGill University. The researchers followed the brain patterns of test subjects with MRI imaging, and identified dopamine streaming into the striatum region of their forebrains "at peak emotional arousal during music listening."

Not only that, but the scientists noticed that various parts of the striatum responded to the dopamine rush differently. The caudate was more involved during the expectation of some really nice musical excerpt, and the nucleus accumbens took the lead during "the experience of peak emotional responses to music."

In other words, just the anticipation our favorite passage stimulates the production of dopamine. "Our results help to explain why music is of such high value across all human societies," the writers conclude.

ROSALIE GOLDSTEIN 'Queen of chutzpah' was innovative force at folk festival

ROSALIE GOLDSTEIN 'Queen of chutzpah' was innovative force at folk festivalThe arts community is mourning an organizational dynamo who proclaimed herself the "Queen of chutzpah" during her years at the helm of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Rosalie Goldstein died Saturday at Grace Hospital of complications from heart disease, her close friend and former colleague Mitch Podolak said. She was 73 and had been in failing health for several months.

 
The feisty Goldstein, known for her red hair and determination to make things happen, started working for the Birds Hill Park festival in 1979 and proved herself an unstoppable fundraiser, producer and planner.
 
"She understood the human dynamic (of the festival). That was the most important part," said Podolak, who affectionately called her by her surname. "Goldstein was one of a kind... I consider her one of the founders of the folk fest, even though she wasn't there for the first three or four years."

HARRY CONNICK, JR. IN CONCERT ON BROADWAY

HARRY CONNICK, JR. IN CONCERT ON BROADWAYHARRY CONNICK, JR. IN CONCERT ON BROADWAY TO BE RELEASED ON CD/DVD/BLU-RAY AND APPEAR ON PBS “GREAT PERFORMANCES”

 
NEW YORK, NY – After a critically acclaimed, 15 day sold-out run on Broadway, Columbia Records announced today the DVD and Live CD release of HARRY CONNICK, JR. IN CONCERT ON BROADWAY on March 1, 2011. The show that had critics raving and fans cheering will be available as a DVD, Live CD and Blu-Ray disc. The show will also air on PBS on March 2nd as part of the national “Great Performances” series.
 
Over the past two decades, Harry Connick, Jr. has proven to be among the world’s most successful and multi-talented artists. Harry first reached a mass audience as a pianist, singer and bandleader, securing his place as a renaissance man and versatile entertainer. His career has been studded with awards and recognition, including several multi-platinum and gold albums; 25 million albums sold around the world; Grammy and Emmy Awards; and Tony nominations for both his work as a composer and for his lead acting role.

5 Headliners Announced for Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 10th Edition

5 Headliners Announced for Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 10th EditionRochester, NY January 18, 2011 Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced five headliners for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 10th Edition, which will be held June 10-18, 2011.

 
- Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole will perform on opening night, Friday June 10.
- The Fab Faux, the most musically satisfying Beatles tribute band on the scene today plays Saturday June 11.
- Premier banjo player Bela Fleck & The Original Flecktones performs Tuesday June 14.
- k.d. lang, called "the best singer in her generation by Tony Bennett takes the stage on Thursday June 16.
- And Elvis Costello & The Imposters, one who has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years, plays on Friday June 17.
 
All performances will be at 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Don Kirshner, Songwriter and Producer, Dies

ImageSongwriter and rock producer Don Kirshner died of heart failure on Monday at the age of 77 in Boca Raton, Fla. Kirshner wrote "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and managed songwriting talent including Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Howard Greenfield and many others, providing songs for The Monkees' TV program in the 1960's, including "I'm a Believer."

Kirshner's first major success story was the career of fellow Bronx High School of Science alumni Bobby Darin, which Kirshner helped to launch in the 1950's.

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