The Utah Symphony Utah Opera (USUO) is dedicating this month to serving those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
USUO is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter for May to provide a way for those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease to have easier access to live classical music during “Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Month.”
According to a news release, music is a healing art and can be used to soothe and energize those listening.
“Several recent studies have continued to assert the positive effect that music therapy can have, specifically, on those living with AD and related dementias,” the news release said.
While the USUO knows their music will not be a direct form of therapy, they do hope it can provide an enjoyable evening to Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
“We wanted to find a way to use music to serve the families who are struggling with this illness,” said Jon Miles, vice president of marketing and communications for USUO.
While the opera and symphony provide performances to the Alzheimer’s patients, they are also trying to provide an opportunity for families affected by the disease to be with their loved ones and surround themselves with beautiful music.
This month’s symphony performances will include Brahms and Beethoven, and the opera will perform, “Of Mice and Men.” Complimentary and discounted tickets will be provided for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
They want the performances to be a special time for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
“[It will be] a nice evening out to create a memory,” Miles said.