Minnesota Orchestra Tour #2: Tea with the Isserli

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Cello soloist Steven Isserlis has played with the Minnesota Orchestra a number of times, most recently in November at the St. Paul Cathedral performing John Tavener’s “The Protecting Veil.” Steven’s two sisters, Rachel and Annette, are also accomplished musicians and performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra January concert at the Ordway. The various Isserli invited my husband and me to a proper English tea with them at the London home of their 91-year-old father, George, a self-described “amateur violinist.” Amateur he may be, but his knowledge of symphonic artists and the repertoire is broad and deep, and the cross-table commentary between him and his three professional musician children on soloists and … Read More

Minnesota Orchestra Tour #1: London

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THE MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA has arrived in London for its fourth European tour. Orchestras tour for the same reason star athletes head for the Olympics: it’s the playing field that gets the most international attention. Sure, a tour may boost CD and ticket sales to a degree, but the true benefits are in strengthening the reputation of the orchestra. Performing on international stages where other elite-level musicians perform, and being reviewed by top writers who regularly review the best of the best help establish an orchestra’s position in the small, tight world of symphonic music. Orchestras also build their profiles by broadcasting concerts and recording CDs, and the strategy of Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson is to use all … Read More