A New Season with the Minnesota Orchestra!

Earlier today, the Minnesota Orchestra announced the lineup for its 2015-2016 season. In truth, “announced” seems far too prosaic a word for such an incredible, bursting-at-the-seams extravaganza.

Perhaps “unleashed” is a better description.

Well, I’m falling all over myself with excitement, but let me take a few minutes to share my highlights, and explain why you will simply have to see each and every concert. (For reference, the season calendar is here.) Continue reading

Introducing the Apollo Master Chorale

Readers of my blog know my long-standing connections to the Minnesota Chorale and the Minnesota Orchestra—two incredible ensembles I both love and respect. Well, I’d like to introduce you to another outstanding ensemble here in the Twin Cities… the Apollo Master Chorale.

I met them somewhat unexpectedly, but it was… well, love at first hear.

Let me tell you about it. Continue reading

Singing Verdi’s Requiem: a Quasi-Review

Over the past weekend, I had the very good fortune of performing Verdi’s Requiem with my friends and colleagues of the Minnesota Chorale and Minnesota Orchestra, under the baton of Roberto Abbado. And without further ado, let me say that I absolutely loved it.

It was one of those wonderful experiences where a great piece of music, a great conductor, a great group of performers, and a great audience come together to create a wonderfully satisfying whole. Together, we went on a amazing journey that touched us all deeply.

Let me tell you about it.  Continue reading