Dates Announced for Harry Connick Jr.’s Broadway Return in A Celebration of Cole Porter

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 29, 2019 Harry Connick Jr. — A Celebration of Cole Porter Harry Connick Jr.(Photo: Getty Images) Star Filescenter_img Mark your calendars! Dates have been announced for two-time Tony nominee Harry Connick Jr.’s solo show Harry Connick Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter. Performances for the three-week limited engagement are scheduled to begin on December 7 ahead of a December 12 opening night at the Nederlander Theatre.Additionally, Connick Jr. will release his forthcoming album—his first album from Verve Records—True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter on October 25. Both the album and the show breathe new life into popular tunes, including “Anything Goes” and “You Do Something To Me.”Though he’s best known as a jazzy crooner, Connick Jr. is a two-time Tony nominee as both a composer and performer: for the score of the 2001 musical Thou Shalt Not and his leading performance in The Pajama Game in 2006. He has also played sold-out concert runs on the Great White Way in 1990 and 2010. He was last seen on Broadway in 2011, when he starred as Dr. Mark Bruckner in a re-imagined Broadway revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.Featuring a vibrant, 25-piece orchestra and a modern, multi-media presentation, Harry Connick Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter brings back to Broadway both the magic of Cole Porter’s compositions and one of the world’s most celebrated live performers. Connick will delight audiences with his signature style while celebrating Porter’s peerless contribution to the Great American Songbook.Prior to Broadway, the show had its world premiere at the Durham Performing Arts Center on September 21 and 22. This all-new production is conceived and directed by Harry Connick, Jr., with scenic design by Beowulf Boritt and Alexis Distler, projection design by Beowulf Boritt and Caite Hevner, and lighting design by Ken Billington. Related Shows Harry Connick Jr.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims fall, remain above February totals

first_imgWeekly unemployment claims in Vermont decreased last week, while March results continued at higher levels than February. Last week there were 959 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont last week. This is a decrease of 143 from the week before and are 53 fewer than last year’s total.Altogether 10,411 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 153 from a week ago and 1,914 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,517 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 45 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 708 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 20 more than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths to 5.0 percent in January. See story HERE.last_img read more

Lawmakers look to phase in gas sales tax

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana March 4, 2013 vtdigger.org The House Transportation committee is set to vote early next week on phasing in a 4 percent sales tax on gas over two years, in an attempt to blunt the impact of the increase on drivers’ wallets.The Shumlin administration proposed a 4 percent sales tax on gas for fiscal year 2014. The increase would raise about $28 million and would enable the state to avoid sending back about $56 million in federal funds for state infrastructure projects to Washington, DC.Lawmakers have devised a more subtle package of tax hikes and cuts as an alternative. There’ d be a new 2 percent gas sales tax in June 2013, with no decrease in the excise per gallon tax. Then, in 2014, the sales tax would rise to 4 percent, just as there’ s a 6 cent reduction in the excise tax, which is now 19 cents per gallon.By bonding in 2014 for $10.3 million, cutting $4.4 million in transportation programs and projects, and reducing the transportation fund’ s contribution to state police by $5 million over two years, lawmakers hope to secure the needed $36.5 million to avoid losing out on federal funds.Rep. Patrick Brennan, R-ColchesterHouse Transportation committee chair Rep. Patrick Brennan, R-Colchester, who outlined the legislative proposal to VTDigger, said that though his committee has exhaustively explored other ways to raise revenue, they keep returning to some sort of gas tax.Trends spurring the gas tax hike include declining gas use, with drivers consuming 40 million gallons less now than in 2005. That decrease in consumption is a result of Vermonters driving less and better fuel efficiency. The shift in behavior translates to $7.5 million less in revenue to maintain the state’ s deteriorating roads and bridges.With this fix, Brennan said, they hope to fix the gas tax conundrum once and for all, leaving the Transportation Fund in better shape so that the Agency of Transportation can address the state’ s slowly crumbling infrastructure.There will be problems in future, Brennan said, ‘ if we don’ t do something now.’‘ I don’ t like raising taxes every year, but this proposal pretty much accomplishes everything,’ Brennan said. ‘ So hopefully you won’ t see transportation coming back in four years looking for another gas tax.’The Legislature imposed a 2 percent transportation infrastructure bonding assessment on gas in 2010. The proposal now on the table would raise the gas tax by about 6.7 cents in the first year, and 7.5 cents in the second year.As for the $4.4 million in potential cuts, Brennan said where they’ d fall remained uncertain, since they haven’ t been finalized by the committee. The administration has proposed cutting town highway programs by $1 million and reducing the infrastructure maintenance budget by $1.5 million, among other cuts.Brennan pledged to block the administration’ s proposed cut to town highways. He said the $4.4 million cuts could be designed in such a way that they will not have a noticeable effect on average Vermonters. Lawmakers may institute the new gas tax a month early to blunt the cuts, he said.‘ We’ re going to fix it so that you won’ t notice it,’ said Brennan of the cuts. ‘ We have a plan, put it that way.’Reducing the transportation fund’ s contribution to the state police from $25 million to $20 million will coincide with $5 million more in transfers from the general fund, so police budgets won’ t suffer at all, said Brennan.Deputy secretary for the Agency of Transportation Sue Minter told VTDigger that the administration definitely supports the phased-in plan, because it would better cushion the blow on drivers.last_img read more

Vermont PSB renamed to Public Utility Commission

first_imgMargaret Cheney, Board Member; Anthony Z. Roisman, Chairman; Sarah Hofmann, Board MemberVermont Business Magazine The Public Service Board’s name is changing. As of July 1, 2017, its new name will be the Public Utility Commission, which will be abbreviated as the PUC or as the Commission. The PUC said in a statement that its new name more clearly reflects its existing statutory responsibilities and will reduce confusion about the difference between the Public Service Board and the separate state agency known as the Public Service Department.Other changes that will occur starting July 1, 2017, include:New clerk email address of puc.clerk@vermont.gov(link sends e-mail)New web address of http://puc.vermont.gov(link is external)New name for ePSB – ePUC will be found at http://epuc.vermont.gov(link is external)New email address for ePUC System Administrator of puc.ePUCadmin@vermont.gov(link sends e-mail)All content on its current website will be available from the new address; links to its current website will be automatically redirected to the new site. The telephone numbers and mailing and physical addresses are not changing.The Public Service Board is a three member (Anthony Z. Roisman, Chairman; Margaret Cheney, Board Member; Sarah Hofmann, Board Member), quasi-judicial board that supervises the rates, quality of service, and overall financial management of Vermont’s public utilities: electric, gas, telecommunications and private water companies. The Board also supervises cable television companies, although federal law preempts most authority to regulate cable rates or programming. The Board also reviews the environmental and economic impacts of proposals to purchase energy supply or build new energy facilities; monitors the safety of hydroelectric dams; evaluates the financial aspects of nuclear plant decommissioning and radioactive waste storage; reviews rates paid to independent power producers; and oversees the statewide Energy Efficiency Utility Program. VBM vermontbiz.comSource: PSB 6.26.2017last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims edging back up

first_imgby Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims have edged up the last couple weeks after being near their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic. Claims increased by 105 to 706 (up 337 from the same time last year). The last time claims were under 500 was on March 7 when there were 446.As for the week’s ongoing jobless claims, for the week ending October 24, 2020, the Labor Department processed 13,241 claims, down 798 from the previous week and 10,897 more than the same time last year.As for further comparison, initial Vermont claims for the week of March 21, 2020, were 3,784, up 3,125 from the week of March 14.Meanwhile, the state unemployment rate, which was the lowest in the nation before the pandemic, is now third lowest in the nation.However, the VDOL points out that the US Census modeling has not caught up with the reality of the pandemic and Vermont’s 4.2 percent unemployment rate likely portrays a rosier economic picture than what actually exists.Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington said at Governor Scott’s press briefing last week that the real unemployment rate is more in the 6-8 percent range.He and Scott said that while the data the US Census collects is not erroneous, they disagree with the methodology the federal government is using given the altered behavior of people during the pandemic.They said people have left the workforce for reasons related to the pandemic, like for personal safety or childcare, which then lowers the total Labor force and as the denominator in the calculations thus lowers the unemployment rate.This ultimately lowers the ability of the state to offer extended UI benefits, as they were able earlier in the year.There are also over 8,000 Vermonters on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (sole proprietors/self employed etc).The PUA claims are not included in the unemployment rate calculation.Harrington also addressed issues faced by the self-employed in collecting benefits.If SPs did not file their tax returns by a certain time they missed out on some benefits. Harrington said this is a federal government rule. The state was allowed a 21-day grace period, but cases are still being adjudicated.Also, another issue has been when a self-employed person received even one dollar of regular UI benefits, they are disallowed, again by federal rule Harrington said, from receiving any PUA.For instance, some people who work for themselves also carry a part-time job. If they got laid off from that job and received any UI payments, then they’re stuck on the UI side and cannot get PUA.The PUA benefits in some cases are more advantageous; for instance they will last through the end of this year. PUA claimants also can get partial payments even if they have some income.Harrington said the state’s “hands are tied” by the federal rule. They are working with individuals still to sort out the benefits. Some individuals have been notified that they must return some or all of their benefits.In some cases, he said, the automated system was overwhelmed early on and subsequently had to be adjusted with person-to-person contact between Labor and claimants in order to sort out the appropriate benefit level.Governor Scott said the state has been in contact with Vermont’s congressional delegation on trying to change the formula the US Census Bureau uses to determine the state’s unemployment rate.The state is also urging Congress and the president to come up with a new relief plan. The House has passed a plan but the Senate has suggested a less comprehensive one.In the waning days before the election, it seems unlikely that a plan will be agreed to and passed.Scott has also extended his Emergency Order until November 15. He has said that he will continue to extend the Order as long as necessary and that we are “only half-way through” the impact of the novel coronavirus.For those still unemployed or with reduced wages, some limited financial assistance may still be on the way.The last of the $900 checks from the federal Lost Wage Assistance Program will be issued soon.He said there are about 34,500 claimants who will receive the checks with a total value of about $25 million. Not everyone will receive the full amount depending on their work history. Most if not everyone eligible have already received the checks via regular mail.This new program has somewhat different requirements, for instances claimants had to have lost work to some extent directly from the pandemic and they needed to have received benefits of at least $100 a week.The state will issue its own batch of $400 checks by the end of October. Scott conceded that this money is only a “stop gap” measure.This will be the end of the CARES Act federal funds available to unemployed and underemployed Vermonters, Harrington said.Also, the additional $600 in weekly benefits from the federal government for all unemployment programs ended July 25.The PUA program, which is full funded by the federal government and is intended for non-regular UI workers, will last until the end of the year. They will receive regular benefits (but, again, not the extra $600).After a spike of claims at the beginning of the pandemic, followed by a steep decline as the economy began to reopen in April, initial unemployment claims fell consistently since the beginning of July before flattening over the last couple months.Claims hit their peak in early April. At that point, Governor Scott’s “Stay Home” order resulted in the closing of schools, restaurants, construction and more, while many other industries cut back operations.Congress, mired in political bickering, is considering another emergency assistance plan(link is external) with diminishing hope before the General Election.”That $600 is concerning. I know a lot of families are counting on that to cover a lot of their expenses,” Scott said.Nationally, economists are concerned that the loss of that extra $600 could send the national economy back into a tailspin(link is external), as it will affect everything from consumer spending to the ability to pay for housing.Over $500 million of federal money has been added to Vermont unemployment checks so far.Since March 1, over 80,000 new claims have been filed in Vermont when including PUA.Vermont’s unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in August from 8.3 percent in July and from 9.4 percent for June, as it continues to edge lower since it spiked in April.The official Vermont March unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, but the April rate was 15.6 percent, which is the highest on record. The Vermont unemployment rate in May fell to 12.7 percent.The US rate fell to 7.9 percent in September from 8.4 percent in August from 10.2 percent in July from 11.1 percent in June and in May from 13.3 percent. The US April rate was 14.7 percent, the highest rate since its was first calculated in 1948 and the highest unofficially since the Great Depression of about 25 percent.Nationwide, according to the US Labor Department for the week ending October 17, initial claims for state unemployment benefits totaled 751,000. This is the lowest number since the week of March 14 (282,000). Claims last week were 787,000, which was down from 842,000 the week before.The weeks before last they were 837,000 and 870,000 and 893,000.The previous week they were 1.1 million, slightly down from the previous week to that, but up from 963,000 the week before that. Previous to that they were 1.2 million, which fell from 1.43 the previous week.Claims generally have been falling since the early weeks of the pandemic in March. Early on in the pandemic, US claims reached 5.2 million and 6.6 million claims. Just prior to the steep job loss, there were 282,000 claims on March 14.US GDP had its worst quarter on record as it fell 32.9 percent in the second quarter(link is external); the next worst was in 1921.The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has added to the ranks of those receiving benefits, but is not counted in the official unemployment rate. The PUA serves the self-employed who previously did not qualify to receive UI benefits and might still be working to some extent.This surge during the Great Recession for the entire year in 2009 spiked at 38,081 claims.The claims back in 2009 pushed the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund into deficit and required the state to borrow money from the federal government to cover claims.Right now (see data below), Vermont has $262.9 million in its Trust Fund and saw the fund decrease by a net of $3.5 million last week. Payments lag claims typically by a week. Balance as of March 1 was $506,157,247.Vermont at the beginning of the pandemic had more than double the UI Trust Fund it did when the economy started to slide in 2007. It went into deficit and the state had to borrow money from the federal government to pay claims. Some states like California are already in UI deficit because of the COVID crisis.Scott said the UI fund is not expected to run out under current projections.”We are in a much healthier position than many other states,” Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington said.Given the Trust Fund’s strong performance and the burden of unemployment taxes on employers, Governor Scott reduced the UI tax on businesses. He also announced that starting the first week of July, the maximum unemployment benefit to workers will increase about $20 a week.While the UI Trust Fund will not fall into deficit under current trends, the governor has acknowledged that they simply cannot predict it given how economic conditions could swing if there is a second surge of COVID-19.Still, he’s moving forward with the UI changes now because the burden on employers and employees is now.Stories:Unemployment rate falls to 4.2 percent in SeptemberAugust unemployment rate drops steeply to 4.8 as Labor Force fallsOver $100 million in recovery grants awarded, still more availableBusinesses to see double-digit rate decrease in workers’ comp insurance in 2020Tax revenues finish year nearly $60 million above targetsUI tax rates for employers fell again on July 1, 2018, as claims continue to be lower than previous projections. Individual employers’ reduced taxable wage rates will vary according to their experience rating; however, the rate reduction will lower the highest UI tax rate from 7.7 percent to 6.5 percent. The lowest UI tax rate will see a reduction from 1.1 percent to 0.8 percent.Also effective July 1, 2018, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit will be indexed upwards to 57% of the average weekly wage. The current maximum weekly benefit amount is $466, which will increase to $498. Both changes are directly tied to the change in the Tax Rate Schedule.The Vermont Department of Labor announced Thursday, October 1, 2020 an increase to the State’s minimum wage. Beginning January 1, 2021, the State’s minimum wage will increase $0.79, from $10.96 to $11.75 per hour. The calculation for this increase is in accordance with Act 86 of the 2019 Vermont General Assembly.This adjustment also impacts the minimum wage of “tipped employees.” The Basic Tipped Wage Rate for service or tipped employees equals 50% of the full minimum wage or $5.88 per hour starting January 1, 2021.The Vermont Department of Labor has announced that the state is set to trigger off of the High Extended Benefits program, as of October 10, 2020. This determination by the US Department of Labor follows the recent announcement of Vermont’s unemployment rate decreasing from 8.3% in July to 4.8% in August.Vermont’s minimum wage rose to $10.78 on January 1, 2019.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.UI claims by industry last week in Vermont are similar in percentage to those from a year ago, though of course much higher in number in each industrial category.last_img read more

Declining to give specifics, County Commissioner Mike Brown says desire for ‘change in vision’ prompted vote against Zacharias

first_imgCommissioner Mike BrownCounty Commissioner Mike Brown, whose 6th District covers Olathe, Gardner and much of western Johnson County, said a dissatisfaction with County Manager Hannes Zacharias’s vision for county government factored prominently into his decision to vote against extending his contract.Brown, like 5th District Commissioner Michael Ashcraft, did not offer specifics on policy, programming or management issues that prompted their decision to vote against the award-winning city manager. But he did say he had communicated frustrations with the direction of the county government under Zacharias’s leadership for some time.“I have been clear and transparent with the county manager for months,” he said. “There were parts of county government that I believe needed a new direction, and I didn’t think we were making strides in that direction.”Like Ashcraft, Brown said that there were no issues with Zacharias’s professionalism.“I can tell you that with Mr. Zacharias, my vote not to retain him had nothing to do with his integrity, honesty or work ethic in any way,” Brown said. “I simply believe that it is time now for a change in vision. We are good in Johnson County. But I think we have the opportunity to become great.”Pressed for specifics on what parts of county government were not satisfactory to him under Zacharias’s leadership, Brown repeatedly declined, saying only that “as a county commissioner I have information that is not public information.”Brown, a contractor who lives in Olathe, defeated incumbent John Toplikar in the November 2016 election to take the 6th District seat. During the campaign, Toplikar has stressed the need for the county to focus on providing services for seniors and the mentally ill while Brown focused his messaging on spurring business development.In a statement issued Thursday night, Zacharias said he believed the vote not to renew his contract was motivated by the four-commissioner majority’s desire “to take Johnson County in a more fiscally and socially conservative direction, impose more direct oversight by the commission over county operations, and adopt a more ‘laissez-faire’ attitude toward regulation.”Commissioners Steve Klika and Jason Osterhaus, who also voted to oust Zacharias, have not responded to the Shawnee Mission Post’s interview requests.last_img read more

Head of IOC says Olympics in ‘crisis’

first_imgHead of IOC says Olympics in ‘crisis’Protests of the torch relay and host country China have things shaky. April 11, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint>BEIJING (AP) – Crisis. Disarray. Sadness.Four months before the opening of what was supposed to be the grandest Olympics in history, the head of the International Olympic Committee is using words that convey anything but a sense of joyous enthusiasm.The protest-marred Olympic torch relay and international criticism of China’s policies on Tibet, Darfur and human rights have turned the Beijing Games into one of the most politically charged events in recent history and presented the IOC with one of its toughest tests since the boycott era of the 1970s and ’80s.“It is a crisis, there is no doubt about that,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said Thursday. “But the IOC has weathered many bigger storms.”At the same time, Rogge called on China – to respect its “moral engagement” – to improve human rights and to fulfill promises of greater media freedom. He also reaffirmed the right of free speech for athletes at the Beijing Games.A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman responded that IOC officials support adhering to the Olympic Charter and “not bringing any irrelevant political factors into the Beijing Olympics.”“I hope the IOC officials will continue to adhere to the principles set by the Olympic charter,” Jiang Yu said.Rogge spoke in Beijing just hours after the completion of the torch relay in San Francisco, where the route was shortened and the flame diverted to prevent disruptions by massive crowds of anti-China protesters. Rogge’s use of the word “crisis” to describe the torch relay and the Beijing buildup came as a surprise. The Belgian orthopedic surgeon’s comments are usually measured and low-key.He cited previous crises – the attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the boycotts of the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Games.“The history of the Olympic Games is fraught by a lot of challenges,” Rogge said. “This is a challenge but you cannot compare to what we had in the past.”British IOC member Craig Reedie believes the worst is over.“I hope that we are through it now,” he said. “I think the furor that has affected the torch in London, Paris and, to some extent, in San Francisco will now die down. … But it is fair to say that this kind of political protest is a new experience for the IOC, and we have all found it extremely uncomfortable.”After the chaos caused by pro-Tibet demonstrators during torch relays in London and Paris, IOC officials were relieved the North American leg passed without any injuries.“Fortunately, the situation was better in San Francisco,” Rogge said. “It was, however, not the joyous party that we had wished it to be.last_img read more

Discovery about brain protein causes rethink on development of Alzheimer’s disease

first_imgShare on Twitter Email LinkedIn Share on Facebook Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered that a protein involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease also has properties that could be helpful for human health.The discovery helps researchers better understand the complicated brain chemistry behind the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects hundreds of thousands of Australians.An international team of researchers, led by Dr Simon Drew at the University of Melbourne and Prof Wojciech Bal at the Polish Academy of Sciences, has revealed that a shorter form of a protein called beta amyloid, may act as a sponge that safely binds a metal that can damage brain tissue when it’s in excess.center_img Share Pinterest Researchers have been intensely interested in the role of beta-amyloid in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because clumps of the protein are formed in brains of people with the illness.In the late 1990s, high levels of copper were discovered within these clumps. Copper is essential to health, but too much can produce harmful free radicals. Many scientists began to suspect that this copper might be contributing to the disease. They found that beta-amyloid can bind to copper indiscriminately and allow it to produce these damaging free radicals.Closer analysis of beta amyloid protein has revealed different sizes. A good proportion of beta amyloid is missing the first three links at the start of the protein’s chain-like structure.“This short form has been overlooked by most researchers since the composition of beta amyloid was first identified 30 years ago,” Dr Simon Drew explains.“We know that the shorter form of beta amyloid is present in the diseased brain, but we now know that it is abundant in healthy brains as well.“The small change in length makes a huge difference to its copper binding properties. We found that the short form of the protein is capable of binding copper at least 1000 times stronger than the longer forms. It also wraps around the metal in a way that prevents it from producing free radicals.“Given these properties and its relative abundance, we can speculate this type of beta amyloid is protective. It’s very different from the current view of how beta amyloid interacts with biological copper.”So far, therapies aimed at lowering the production of beta amyloid have shown only a modest ability to slow cognitive decline and the number of people affected by the Alzheimer’s disease continues to grow.Dr Drew and the team from Poland are now working to develop a method for identifying the copper-bound form of the short beta amyloid in the body.This will enable them to screen how much copper it holds in the brain, whether it safely escorts the copper from one place to another, and how this may change in ageing and disease.“If a beneficial role in copper balance can be established, it’s still possible to have too much of a good thing,” Dr Drew said.“As the amount of beta amyloid in the brain increases during Alzheimer’s disease, the shorter form can also clump together and this may interfere with its normal function. Higher levels of the short form may further enable it to soak up copper from other places where it is needed. It could be a Jekyll and Hyde scenario.”Dr Drew’s research was published in Angewandte Chemie.last_img read more

Composing and arranging music partly genetically determined

first_imgShare on Twitter Share Email Share on Facebook Pinterestcenter_img The questionnaire study of musically educated individuals showed that music-related creative activities are more common in young generations in Finland. It may reflect the change in availability of music or music education in the society.The genetic study analyzed genomic variants that associate with self-reported composing, arranging or other creativity. Data consisting mostly of families included almost 300 musically-educated participants of whom half did arrange and/or compose music. The study did not grade the characteristics and may reveal information on one’s urge to be musically creative.Composing was linked to chromosome 4 region that has previously been linked to musical abilities. The region includes several brain-related genes including the SNCA gene that has been shown to activate after listening or performing music. The genes associating with composing play role in cerebellar LTD pathway that relate to memory and learning. The cerebellum has previously been sown to activate in improvising and working memory for rhythm. Another LTD-related gene GSG1L was linked to arranging. The study linked chromosome 18 region to musically active individuals who were not active in composing nor arranging. This region includes several brain-related genes like cadherins.The research introduces a new biological point of view to study creativity and brain functions related to creative activities. The genetic background of musical creativity is supposedly joint effect from numerous genes and their genetic pathways.The study ‘”Creative activities in music – a genome-wide linkage analysis” was published in PLOS ONE February 24th 2016. The responsible researcher is MSc Jaana Oikkonen from the University of Helsinki. The study belongs to the project where biological background of music is studied using genomic approaches. The expert in music is MuD Tuire Kuusi from the Helsinki University of Arts and the principal investigator is associate professor Irma Järvelä, University of Helsinki. Funding: The Academy of Finland. LinkedInlast_img read more

Cryostar appoints a service partner in the Gulf area

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