27. September 2013 · Comments Off on I’ve Neglected This For Far Too Long · Categories: News

I’ve not blogged about this, mostly because I’ve just not been good at blogging this past year. I do apologize.

The Minnesota Orchestra musicians have been locked out for far too long. Now they have to deal with this:

The Minnesota Orchestra board has made a move that will reverberate — for better or worse – into the future.

Faced with negotiating crunch time, the board seemingly ignored a confidential mediation process and came out with an offer that’s loaded with positive public-relations strokes for the board but may only be seen as insult to locked-out musicians.

As usual, it’s hard to get a sense of what the other players on both sides think of Thursday’s surprising contract offer. Other than officially designated talkers, most members of the board and the orchestra have stayed silently on the sideline.

But on the surface, the Orchestra Board’s offer seems more like another ultimatum than a genuine effort at resolution. After all, if this were a sincere effort to settle, why wouldn’t the board have made the offer through Mitchell’s mediation office instead of sending news releases to newspapers, television and radio stations?

‘Time is running out’
“We are offended that they unilaterally left the mediators’ confidential process,’’ said musicians’ spokesman Blois Olson. “The musicians will continue to work through the mediator.’’

In the news release produced by the Orchestra board, Richard Davis, the chairman of the board’s negotiating committee, didn’t mention the mediator.

“We are offering it publicly because this is truly an offer from our community,” Davis said in the statement. “We are offering it today because time is running out.”


Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra Website
Drew McManus on Minnesota Orchestra
Lisa Hirsch has thoughts and links

27. September 2013 · Comments Off on Stick with Music, I Say! · Categories: Read Online

According to this research, people who spend many hours in the practice room not only process information unusually efficiently, but they also do a superior job of not letting occasional errors derail them.
These findings “suggest that playing a musical instrument might improve the ability to monitor our behavior and adjust our responses effectively when needed,” writes a research team led by cognitive neuroscientist Ines Jentzsch of the University of St. Andrews. “As these processes are amongst the first to be affected by cognitive aging, our evidence could promote musical activity as a realistic intervention to slow or even prevent (one type of) age-related decline.”

RTWT (Dumbest last sentence ever, though …?)

27. September 2013 · Comments Off on Not sure what’s up with this … · Categories: Videos

I just ran across a Dallas Symphony Orchestra YouTube video. It has a young guitarist playing a part of Bolero. But no credit at all is given. Very odd. It’s to advertise their concert which includes Bolero. I do hope — well, we should be certain, right?! — they asked permission to use this video for an advertisement. I had to search on YouTube to find the full video. So rather than sharing Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s video I’ll share the full one. Surely this young musician should get some credit!

(I’m hoping DSO will fill us all in and say that yes, indeed, they received permission to use that. I’m goofy that way. I can barely see the URL to his site on their video, but it’s so difficult to see I typed in the wrong URL. Below is the link so you can see his site for yourself.)

Sungha Jung playing Ravel’s Bolero:

Hiccups + playing Oboe = ???? Are you serious