Music aficionados and nature lovers have long known that great music, like a long walk in the woods, does wonders for our minds and our bodies. The experience of a live concert soothes the soul and sparks the imagination, just as a day in the fresh air energizes the body and quiets the mind.
Scientific data provide evidence to support these well-known phenomena; peer-reviewed studies show us how music and nature improve our health. In 2016, researchers from the Imperial College London tested the levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, in over 100 volunteers both before and after attending a live orchestral concert. The results? Across the board, the experience of live music lowered the volunteers’ cortisol levels. A 2015 study compared neural activity in walkers who strolled through city environments to those who walked through a natural setting. The researchers, based at Stanford University, found that those who walked through more natural areas had decreased neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex; in other words, a more natural environment helped walkers stay calm and healthy.
MHLC Executive Director Mark King is pleased to announce that the Conservancy is partnering with the Albany Symphony to bring an afternoon of music and nature to Capital Region residents and visitors. States King, “We invite the community to join us for a celebration of the music and the landscapes that make the Capital Region such a special place to live.”
Join MHLC and the Albany Symphony for an afternoon of music and nature on Saturday, June 24. Enjoy an outdoor reception and light refreshments before an outdoor performance by the brass musicians of the Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller. Generously hosted by Stewart Myers at his historic home in Rensselaerville, the evening will also include guided walks through the lawns, fields, and gardens of the Daniel Conkling House, a restored 1806 Federal mansion.
Click here to RSVP for this event, or call 518-436-6346. The suggested donation for the event is $75 per person, and all proceeds will support the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. Space is limited, and it is recommended that participants register by June 19.
The event celebrates MHLC’s protection of the Eldridge Farm and the preservation of the historic agricultural landscapes of Rensselaerville. “As a board member of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, a resident of Rensselaerville, and the Chair and Founding Trustee of the Carey Institute for Global Good, I am honored to be part of this wonderful event,” wrote Carol Ash, former commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Our local community is so appreciative to the Conservancy for protecting the beautiful landscape in which we live – the music of the Symphony will celebrate the beauty of the hills.”
This event is also a continuation of a partnership between the Symphony and the Conservancy. In June of 2016, MHLC offered a private tour of a conservation easement as part of the Symphony’s week-long American Music Festival. In 2015, David Alan Miller was the guest speaker at MHLC’s Annual Awards Dinner. On June 24th, the two local institutions will join again to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to community members.