27. March 2014 · Comments Off on Osmo Vanska · Categories: Read Online

Now that conductor Osmo Vanska has revealed he’s in negotiations for a possible return to his old job of Minnesota Orchestra music director, it’s a good time to address the issue of why this one particular leader is so important to this one particular orchestra. Arts organizations change leaders all the time. Why would Vanska’s departure take on the tone of tragedy for so many?

Words can’t answer that question nearly as eloquently as the music performed at Orchestra Hall midday Thursday, when Vanska was reunited with his old orchestra. The program consisted of the two symphonies by Jean Sibelius that were on the recording recently given the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. And Vanska and the orchestra showed they have a relationship that’s extremely rare in any art form. The musicians so clearly have a deep faith in Vanska’s vision for the music, and are not only willing to work as hard as they must to achieve it, but embrace the opportunity passionately.

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27. March 2014 · Comments Off on It’s A Contest · Categories: Read Online

… one that I could not possibly enter.

In a collaboration with technology companies Telefónica and Wayra, the Lang Lang International Foundation, the Lang Lang Challenge will accept proposals from digital developers for an app with a classical music focus.

A panel of judges will evaluate all entries on the basis of their innovation, the app’s ability to teach users about an aspect of classical music, according to the press release, “in the most attractive way possible”, and the app’s potential to be shared around.

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27. March 2014 · Comments Off on Reeds By The Numbers · Categories: Read Online

Go ahead … check out this chart. Read it and weep. Or don’t. (It depends upon which instrument you play!)

Maybe sometime later I’ll come clean about MY reeds.


27. March 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Picked up by oboe again… I remember more than I thought I would! 🙂