Mpls/St Paul Magazine

The Best of All Worlds

Being half Irish and half Norwegian means, among other things, never having learned to cook   MY FATHER WEARS orange on St. Patrick’s Day. According to him, it is the only honorable thing for a Norwegian to do. He maintains that the most worthwhile traits among the Irish were deposited by Vikings who visited the Emerald...

Minnesota Orchestra Tour 2006: Helsinki

The Finns have built themselves a modern city and a very modern hall, with white pipes on the organ and black leather seats with legroom any airline would be proud to offer. Osmo is famous stuff here, and the rehearsal is attended by television cameras and reporters swirling about while Viktoria Mullova rehearses the...

Minnesota Orchestra Tour 2006: Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a zoo. The book/writing/music/fringe festival has clogged the streets, shops, and cafes of the Very Scottish town (everything everywhere looks like Hogwarts) with lorries, cars, and people, people, people. This makes it almost impossible for the orchestra-bearing buses to get from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to Usher Hall....