With finals looming and the last week of classes in swing, it’s crucial to find productive ways of being unproductive. You’ve got five essays, 2 final presentations, and god knows how many finals? Yep, us too. But spending 24/7 fretting over your work, or just plowing through your papers non-stop, seriously ups your chance of burning out. Rather, middbeat investigations prove academic success depends on productive study breaks. Whether it’s a long dinner with friends, a couple episodes of the Mindy Project, a beer, a tea, a box of Oreos, or whatever you fancy, if you periodically rest your brain and body between intense work sessions, you’ll consistently return with a fresh perspective, rejuvenated energy, and reduced stress. At least a little bit.
So, how to start? Middbeat will be providing study break tips as much as possible over the next two weeks, and we’d like to start by suggesting you check out the Aeolus Quartet tonight. What better way to chill out than listening to some soothing, award-winning live music?
As the Box Office explains, “Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor. Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News). They are currently the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. Their concert program includes works by Stravinsky, Webern, Nancarrow, Corigliano, and Schulhoff.”
It’s a pretty incredible opportunity to see this quartet fo free, and we highly suggest you check it out! Get there early, it’ll fill up fast.
Date: Tonight, December 1
Time: 8-10 pm
Place: Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall