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17 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
Okay, everyone knows that brass players are the jocks/bullies of the orchestra, but seriously? Okay, I’ll admit it. Those guys have chops to match their testosterone. (Pretty great sense of comic timing, too!) And they also do a mean ...
16 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
Local news became national (or, because this is the Telegraph, international) news today as reports spread of Huddersfield Philharmonic’s music director Natalia Luis-Bassa walking out on a dress rehearsal and failing to return for the performan...
15 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
When you think of the Minnesota Orchestra, you presumably think first and foremost of Osmo Vänskä, who has done so much to mold our distinctive sound and boost our international profile over the past seven years. Or if you come to a lot of pops an...
13 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
Everything about traveling by commercial airline is pretty much awful at this point, and it’s been that way for so long now that we’re all just basically resigned to it. Sure, we might squawk a little when Northweltanentalopoly Airlines kicks off ...
10 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
I’m seconding Sam’s shock – how is it mid-November already? We’re in the thick of the season now, and I’ve been on the road (Chicago Symphony last week), so it’s been hard to keep up on the blogging… So, backtracking to a Detroit Free Press ar...
9 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
Good grief, how did it get to be mid-November already?! Sorry for leaving the blog bare for so long, but Sarah’s been jetting around the country, I’ve had projects piling in on me like you wouldn’t believe, and everyone involved with ItC (which at...
4 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
You guys, I don’t want to alarm anyone unnecessarily, but The Unthinkable… …has happened. No, not that bunch of unholy foolishness . Honestly, I’m so over Minnesota politicians at this point that nothing any of them can say or do really affec...
1 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
Late last week the city of Turku, Finland announced the launching of a new initiative, the distribution of 5,500 “cultural prescriptions” , available through doctors’ appointments at city health centers. Vouchers for cultural events ranging from...
30 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
Viola, Minnesota town line. October 2010. Abandon hope all ye who enter here… Halloween weekend is a fun time for musicians – certain holidays just lend themselves to musical spectacle, and this is obviously one of them. Witches and devils and...
28 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
From the Putting It All In Perspective file, trombonist Jeff Merriman sends along this incredible story of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, her friends, and her beloved music… It’s not often that you hear someone say, in all ser...
28 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
Forgive me if I’ve written about this before, but it occurred to me today (as it often does) that, to our devoted classical subscription concert audience, it must seem as if we as an ensemble simply vanish into thin air for many weeks out of the y...
25 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
I hesitate to even bring up what I’m about to bring up, because if I’m wrong about this, I’m about to say mean things about a young woman who wants very badly to have a big splashy career as a violinist. And I don’t want to do that. But I’m pretty...
25 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
Just in case you were inundated with election news all week and missed out on the good stuff, a few items: First up: a movement to make John Cages’ 4’33? number one on the UK charts for Christmas (a publicity stunt mimicking the successful ...
22 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
Popular wisdom (or anyone in a “spring-autumn” relationship) would have you believe that age is just a number. Recent new music director hiring trends would have it otherwise. Heading a major orchestra was once the bastion of the older guard; ...
19 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
So, last week, shortly after I started hurling free concert tickets around the internets, I got the sweetest e-mail from a band teacher down near Rochester, Minnesota, who didn’t want to ask for his tickets on the blog, lest a certain someone se...
17 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
Sunday afternoons (often my only day off) usually find me getting organized for the week – setting schedules, confirming appointments, catching up on personal email, etc. Of course, there’s always time for a little fun, and I usually spend more t...
15 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
In the comments of my last post exhorting you all to come hear us play with conductor Gilbert Varga this week, one of our regulars asked a very good question : You have previously been on record as liking Varga. Could you explain a bit about...
11 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
Okay, people. Here’s the deal. We’re playing two concerts this week with the Minnesota Orchestra’s very favorite guest conductor in the world (truly – we’ve done surveys, and he always comes out on top by a mile,) and yet, these concerts are ine...
6 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
I was a little puzzled by this article in Friday’s New York Times – it outlines, in somewhat breathless tones, how Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s score of Ma Vlast fell from his stand during a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall, con...
6 Oct 2010
Inside the Classics
You know how you can tell it’s just not going to be your day? When you arrive at work, nod cheerfully at your friend the sound engineer, and then proceed to have this conversation with him: Terry the Sound Guy: So, is a microphone gonna be eno...
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