Friday's concert at the Ordway Center by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, led by former artistic partner Douglas Boyd, was inspiriting on several counts. It was encouraging to see Americans gathered on so-called Black Friday for a purpose other than shopping, and to see so many young people in the house. It was heartening to see that same audience applaud a newish work, Brett Dean's ironically titled "Pastoral Symphony," which, without ceremony, had just punched them in the gut. And it was gratifying to hear pianist Jeremy Denk play Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 1) and, for an encore, Charles Ives (the Beethoven-haunted "Alcotts" movement from the "Concord" Sonata) about as well as anyone can.
Updated: November 26, 2011, - 12:28 PM
REVIEW: Minnesota Opera commissioned a work based on a real-life Christmas truce on the Western Front during World War I.
Updated: November 14, 2011, - 09:25 AM
Sunday 11/13American cellist Wendy Warner and Moscow-born pianist Irina Nuzova have been concertizing as duo WarnerNuzova since 2005. Part of...
Updated: November 12, 2011, - 05:16 PM
Looking to discover someplace new for the holidays? Try touring the Slav lands -- Russia, Poland, Bohemia, the Ukraine -- courtesy of the Rose Ensemble's colorful "Slavic Wonders" program.
Updated: November 12, 2011, - 05:08 PM
A concert program at Orchestra Hall that looked conventional sounded sensational.
Updated: November 04, 2011, - 09:06 AM
Tuesday 11/1 and Thursday-Saturday 11/3-5There are two Minnesota Orchestra programs this week, both led by Osmo Vänskä. On Tuesday, hear...
Updated: October 28, 2011, - 04:05 PM
ALL 20TH CENTURYSaturday-next Sunday: Three 20th-century rarities and a staple, all led by Scottish-born composer/conductor Oliver Knussen, fill next weekend's...
Updated: October 23, 2011, - 09:17 AM
The "Art of Fugue" is one of three pieces on the program.
Updated: October 14, 2011, - 11:44 AM
ORCHESTRA REVIEW: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein combined freedom, control in bewitching Ravel concerto.
Updated: October 07, 2011, - 09:24 AM