Joshua Bell

Minnesota Orchestra Tour #7: Tonhalle Düsseldorf

The Tonhalle Düsseldorf is intriguingly if puzzlingly designed. From an outer ring of dressing rooms and backstage spaces, various narrow catwalks lead across yawning spaces to the stage. Adds a little fear of heights to the stage fright. The stage and auditorium are gorgeous: the high, domed ceiling is a vivid midnight blue and sparkles...

Minnesota Orchestra Tour #4: Berlin

European concert halls often include gorgeous, huge lobbies with lots of areas for socializing, noshing, and drinking. European audiences respond by rushing out to the lobby at interval, because half the concert experience is the concert and the other half is to see and be seen in one of the most hip venues in...

Minnesota Orchestra #3: The Barbican

Rehearsal at the Barbican The Minnesota Orchestra has been bused across London town from the tony Kensington neighborhood edging Kensington Gardens and the Palace (yes, that one) through Westminster and past the Cathedral (yes, that one) to the Barbican. For tomorrow’s concert in Berlin, the orchestra won’t have time to rehearse a note. Tonight, there...