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18 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
Sorry for the prolonged absence, it’s been an absolutely unbelievable couple of weeks as I begin my two month stint as conductor of Sting’s Symphonicity tour. We started out in Bucharest, Sofia and Belgrade, then onto Graz, Ljubljana, Moscow and ...
15 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
Let’s play a game, shall we? I’ll show you a picture, and you tell me what it’s a picture of. Okay? Ready, go. Go ahead, click on it for the full-sized version. Take your time analyzing. I’ll wait. Stumped, hmm? I suspected as much. Does th...
14 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
The orchestra’s subscription concert season may have wrapped up this past weekend with four packed performances of Carmina Burana (during which, I might add, the Minnesota Chorale and Minnesota Boychoir absolutely outdid themselves,) but we’re s...
10 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
Back in 2001, I had just begun working as a part-time editor over at Doug McLennan’s indispensable ArtsJournal news site, and I found myself combing through a metric ton of newspaper stories about some previously obscure file-sharing service c...
8 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
You guys never cease to amaze me, you know that? In the middle of the most challenging economic slump most of us will likely ever know, at a time when an entire cottage industry of pundits cranks out daily treatises claiming that orchestral music ...
6 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
Specifically, the phenomenon begins in Bucharest, Romania, from whence our Ms. Hicks e-mailed this photo to me this afternoon: I'm totally calling her "Dirijata" from now on. In other news, our Ms. Hicks’s luggage is apparently not in...
4 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
I mentioned earlier this week that much of my time lately has been consumed by Aaron Kernis’s Concerto for Echoes , which is opening this week’s concerts . It’s always difficult to judge unfamiliar works while you’re in the middle of learning an...
1 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
I know, I know, I’ve been a terrible blogger lately – I’ve been in the final push of the season with some of the heaviest repertoire and complicated shows, and now I’m in the final week of preparation before I leave for 2 months on tour with Stin...
1 Jun 2011
Inside the Classics
This week has turned into an unexpectedly busy one (thanks in large part to Aaron Kernis’s viola-intensive Concerto With Echoes with which we’ll be opening this weekend’s (ahem) inexplicably-not-yet-sold-out concerts ,) so I don’t have the ...
26 May 2011
Inside the Classics
Back in late April and early May, I wrote a few posts about this trio for flute, viola, and harp by Toru Takemitsu that I was getting ready to play on the orchestra’s chamber music series at the MacPhail Center . We seem to have attracted a lot...
24 May 2011
Inside the Classics
This is the third post in a series on the subject of why orchestras find it so difficult to incorporate new music into our concerts, and why it’s important that we find a way to change that. For the first two parts, click here and here . S...
22 May 2011
Inside the Classics
I started this post in January, rather ambitiously, back in the midst of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and before I had finished writing the portion of Sh’lomo that was set to be premiered in March. Needless to say, I did not finish it! And I’m n...
21 May 2011
Inside the Classics
This is the second post in a series on the subject of why orchestras find it so difficult to incorporate new music into our concerts, and why it’s important that we find a way to change that. For the first part, click here . One of the ways th...
19 May 2011
Inside the Classics
Last weekend, I stood on the stage of Orchestra Hall during our final Inside the Classics concerts of the season, and asked – pleaded with – our sold-out audience to take a leap of faith and renew their subscriptions for next season. Why would I n...
16 May 2011
Inside the Classics
Many thanks to all of you who attended our (standing-room only!) Inside the Classics concerts this weekend; it’s amazingly energizing to see the Hall filled, and with such an enthusiastic audience, to boot! We’re also grateful for your generosit...
14 May 2011
Inside the Classics
Posts tagged as Cutting Room Floor are where we put all the material relevant to our Inside the Classics concerts that we don’t have time to get to in the actual shows. Some of it is serious, some of it is silly, and some of it is just extra ...
12 May 2011
Inside the Classics
So, about an hour ago, I just happened to click over to the Minnesota Orchestra’s online box office to see whether I could score a last-minute seat or two for this Friday’s ItC show for some friends. I’d heard sales had been strong, but I wasn...
9 May 2011
Inside the Classics
So, if you guys don’t mind, I’m going to keep writing about this Takemitsu trio I’m getting ready to perform later in the month. I don’t know whether anyone’s actually interested in the gory details involved in tackling a thorny piece of contemp...
7 May 2011
Inside the Classics
…here’s a gallery of photos from last night’s “’80s Rewind” concert at Orchestra Hall. Dress code violations were encouraged for this particular concert, and a number of musicians (and Sarah!) really outdid themselves. Submitted for your approva...
6 May 2011
Inside the Classics
Some days in this job are more fun than others. Today, for example. My morning began with two Young People’s Concerts conducted by Courtney and featuring the orchestra’s fourth trumpet, Chuck Lazarus, who created the show we were performing. The...
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