11. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

The first time I met Osmo, it was clear why he and the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have such a love affair. I could see the fondness — and respect — he has for them in his eyes, and I could hear it in his voice. He spoke with equal warmth about the music.

And then you saw them onstage together. Conductor and orchestra. They danced the most beautiful dance only an orchestra can create. They played as if they wanted to impress each other, but in the way you want to impress someone you love dearly by making them breakfast in bed or bringing them flowers.

The word ‘impress’ isn’t even the right word — it was more like an eagerness to share. The best of friends — the kind of friendship that feels like family.

It’s why I’ve wept over this loss. Many of us have. It’s unbearable to imagine how the musicians and Osmo feel. For nine years, it was a dream come true.

We’ll miss you, Osmo. Thank you for coming here.

RTWT

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