The Orchestra’s New Look

Well. Something interesting crossed my screen earlier: a brief discussion of the Minnesota Orchestra’s new branding campaign, found on the site, “The Minneapolis Egoist.”

I winced as I read it.  And, I was again reminded of the strong negative feelings I experienced when I first saw the Orchestra’s new look a few weeks ago. Continue reading

A Stunningly Bad Idea, Handled Badly

Well, there it is.  In a surprisingly mushy article in the Star Tribune, it was revealed that the board of the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) has sort of expressed a strong but not yet definitive preference for keeping Michael Henson, the Orchestra’s controversial President and CEO, in his current position.  And at the same time, the board seems to be trying to keep Osmo Vänskä, the much-respected former music director, at arm’s length.  Or maybe closer, but probably not. Continue reading