¡Vamos a Cuba!

There is good news, and there is good news.

And then there is fantastic news.

Today the Minnesota Orchestra announced that it was going to perform in Cuba later this spring. The performances will take place on May 15 and 16 as part of the CubaDisco Festival, the country’s biggest music festival. Bravo! Continue reading

Genius: Shakespeare, Berlioz, and Sibelius

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Shakespeare Winterfest is coming to a close… but not without presenting one last concert that I’ve been waiting for all season. We are getting two wholly original masterpieces: Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and selections from Sibelius’s The Tempest.

That sound you hear in the background is me doing a little dance at my computer just thinking about it.

Allow me to provide a preview of the concert. Continue reading

A Festive Evening with the Minnesota Chorale

Let me tell you a story—one of my favorite musical memories.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I sing with the Minnesota Chorale (and proudly serve as the President of the Board of Directors). A few years ago, we were lined up to perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana… again. It’s a work that we frequently end up singing once a year (or more).

This time was unusual, however. Continue reading

Romeo and Juliet at the Orchestra

It has been awhile, but I wanted to post a review of an astonishing Minnesota Orchestra concert I attended over the weekend, to help people understand the power of a live classical music concert. As it happens, I think it was my wife’s favorite concert of the season thus far… and it’s easy to see why.  Continue reading