St. Paul Pioneer Press

Minnesota Orchestra #5: Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne

Rehearsal Pretend you’re Richard Dreyfuss standing underneath the hovering Close Encounters spaceship and you have a sense of what it is like to sit inside the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne. The interior space is round, with the open stage set low in the middle. Audience seating slopes steeply down to the stage, circling it. As...

Minnesota Orchestra Tour #1: London

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...