Opera Singing and Fighting Off Alzheimer’s

How Music and Singing can slow Alzheimer’s

Aging is no fund but a recent study showed that seniors who were active with music and singing had lower rates and progression of Alzheimer’s which is the number one cause for needing Long Term Care.  It seems that the music activates the left side of the brain which memories are kept stimulating the brain and somehow fighting off affects of Alzheimer’s.

I have always been involved with music heavily but I still worried that as I aged I might need Long Term Care so I decide to research Long Term Care Insurance for found a company called LTC Tree who was familiar with the music and Alzheimer’s connection.  They helped me decide if I need Long Term Care Insurance by mailing me Long Term Care Insurance quotes.  Once I had them I put in my Beethoven’s 5th and started to read.

I had some questions on theLong Term Care Insurance so I emailed them.

My husband and I have been reviewing the info. you sent to us, and we have some questions. As part of our research, we also requested some cost comparisons through a rep. from the another website. He gave us info. a/b the Mutual of Omaha MutualCare Custom Solution Plan with a 40% cash benefit of HHC and $200,000 pool of money per person in addition to the traditional Secure Solution Plan that has a 30% cash benefit. Is the Custom Solution (in your professional opinion) something that should be considered highly beneficial, unnecessary or somewhere in the middle? As well, the Custom Plan seems to include an inflation protection buy up option not offered by the other plans. Pros vs. cons?

In terms of the companies listed in the side-by-side comparisons you provided, have they all gone to gender based pricing? Should I assume this is why there have been such high rate increases with many LTC plans?

Long Term Care Insurance quotes questions:

1) We’ve been selling the Long Term Care Insurance companies we sent since 1999 and to-date I’ve never had a claim with Mutual of Omaha where the person used the cash benefit. The reason is when people need care they don’t need 40% of their benefits, they need close to 100% of not all. That rider is a non-even in my opinion.

2) The Long Term Care Insurance inflation protection rider is the “engine of the care”. By far the most important factor because it will determine how much money you have to spend when you’re most likely to need it. The only way to go in my opinion is to have an inflation rider that grows automatically and not any type of future purchase option because that version will base the new rates on your new older age at the that time. 3) All are penalizing you for being female except Mass Mutual Long Term Care Insurance. That’s one of the reasons they are the best deal in now. They might move to gender based pricing down the road, but you’ll be grandfathered in if you were to apply before they roll out their new product. 4) Yes, JH does pay double for accidents. 5) We’ve processed claims with all over the years and I’ve not seen a difference in any of them. They all are blue-chip level companies that pay claims when filed. 6) Monthly benefits give you a bit more flexibility for home care in theory in that you can go over your daily speed limit. However, if you are taking out more per day than you daily max you’ll run out of money before month’s end. The Mutual of Omaha quote we sent automatically has that feature and the others you can add it for 2-5% more. I personally would not and say save the money for the above reason. 7) Lastly, I think Mass Mutual Long Term Care Insurance the clear play here because they have the best rates and are the only company that has never raised rates on old customers. No coincidence, they have the highest financial strength ratings. If I recall you found us from Clark Howard and Mass Mutual is on his “honor list” and the others except Genworth are just “honorable mention” for what it’s worth. J I’m around all week for more questions, thanks!

Sarasota Opera Production of King For A Day

A Short History of Opera

An opera is an exquisite form of art where musicians and singers work together to create a dramatic work that combines singing, musical score and acting in a theatrical setting. Apart from these elements, some opera pieces also include dance numbers, sceneries, fascinating costumes and entire orchestras. The performances are accompanied by either a small musical ensemble or a whole orchestra.

Traditionally, an opera is performed in an opera house, also known as an opera theater. These are large structures that generally feature enormous stages, seating arrangements for the audience, a grand and classic architecture. An opera theater also consists of an orchestra pit, a stage for performances, a backstage facility and costume area.

The opera has a remarkable history. It started in Italy during the latter part of the 16th century with Jacopo Peri’s creation entitled “Dafne,” the earliest opera composition by an Italian composer and singer. This was produced in Florence in 1598. The musical arrangement of “Dafne” consisted of an archlute, a harpsichord, a lute, a triple flute and a viola.

During the 17th century, other popular works followed suit, among them, musical creations by Claudio Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli and Henry Purcell. Soon, the opera spread throughout the rest of Europe and was highly acclaimed in England, France and Germany. In the year 1637, public performances of the opera were initiated. Such performances gained much recognition from society as they have acquired their own unique style.

The 1730’s saw the beginning of opera in Russia. The “Tsefal I Pokris” which was created by the Italian composer, Francesco Araja, was the first Russian opera in a series of three acts. An English composer known as Thomas Arne was a great influence in the rise in popularity of the English opera. In 1762 he created “Artaxerxes” which gained great recognition and popularity and proved to be a great success until the 1830’s.

The 19th century was considered to be the golden era for opera where it was greatly influenced and dominated by the famous composers Giuseppe Verdi of Italy and Richard Wagner of Germany. Towards the beginning of the 20th century, famous works by John Adams, Luciano Berio, Messiaen Olivier and others emerged and became known.

As popular as it has become over the years, the opera still faced much criticism from some sectors of the society. To such individuals, the opera had lost its original form and dramatic distinctness. However, several performances emerged that somehow obliterated the doubts and concerns of the said groups.

These include “Nabucco,” a biblical-based story which was conceived by Giuseppe Verdi who has also created such notable works as “Don Carlos”, “Falstaff”, “Grand Opera” and “Otello.” Then there is “Bel Canto,” an Italian opera that required pitch control during performances and also the romantic and realistic compositions of Pietro Mascagni.

The Italian opera went beyond national boundaries as it spread and became known to many parts of the world. These developments gave birth to more esteemed personalities in the area of opera music, among them are Jacques Offenbach, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Offenbach was a French composer born in Germany who is distinguished for his “operettas” or short and light operas. He became a dominant influence in the area of operetta during his time.

Lully was a French composer born in Italy who is considered the master of the Western style of art music known as Baroque. He was also the founder of an Academy of Music that was dedicated to the French opera. Rameau was one of the most prominent music theorists and French composers during the Baroque era. During his time, he was considered the most prominent composer for the harpsichord.

The English opera continuously gained popularity as well with its leading contributors such as George Frideric Handel, a German-born Baroque composer; Douglas Moore, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, American composers that made major contributions to English opera.

Opera played a major part in the Western classical tradition in music and it has since reached great lengths to touch the hearts of music lovers around the world.