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Occasion was layered atop occasion Friday as “The Star-Spangled Banner” (in an arrangement by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the evening’s stellar conductor) rang out in Orchestra Hall.…
REVIEW: His Kremerata Baltica ensemble gave prominence to a work by composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
REVIEW: Superb singing by Brenda Harris and Greer Grimsley gives dark energy to Verdi’s music in the Minnesota Opera production.
REVIEW: Violinist and pianist played an exhilarating 80-minute concert without a score.
REVIEW: The wonderfully puckish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, together with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, offered a concert at Eden Prairie’s Wooddale Church that will surely rank among the year’s best.
In his first local concerts in a decade, former Minnesota Orchestra director Eiji Oue led the locked-out musicians and employed his vitality to deliver a dose of Christmas cheer.
REVIEW: Pianist Lydia Artymiw and musicians of Minnesota Orchestra gave a spare, articulate reading of Mozart’s A-major concerto.
REVIEW: Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner casts a spell as the sensitive, questing heroine of the Richard Strauss comic opera.
REVIEW: Guest conductor Christian Zacharias got a glorious sound from SPCO musicians in Charles Ives’ “Three Places in New England.”
Cast, costumes, choreography make for a strong staging.
REVIEW: The Chamber Orchestra, its ranks buttressed by locked-out Minnesota Orchestra musicians, played blissfully.
The SPCO is back with attractive programs, distinguished artistic partners, a host of neighborhood venues and plenty of cheap seats. Plus more fall classical.
CONCERT REVIEW Minnesota Orchestra's Grammy-nod celebration freighted with meaning.
REVIEW: Writer John Patrick Shanley takes his parable about certainty and doubt to opera with Douglas Cuomo’s powerful score.
REVIEW: "Doubt," unveiled Saturday at the Ordway Center as part of Minnesota Opera's 50th season, is an absorbing opera of ideas -- a philosophical yet lyrical whodunit.
REVIEW: Guest conductor Edo de Waart led the orchestra's musicians in a piece of music that often has been hitched to a cause.
REVIEW: Soprano Keri Alkema leads a cast of excellent singers in Minnesota Opera's "Anna Bolena."
Locked-out orchestra musicians took their appeal to a sold-out hall.
REVIEW: Dane, in conducting debut with SPCO, draws out moments of magic, despite musicians' contract turmoil.
'NABUCCO' Sept. 22-30 at Ordway Center Sophisticates may look down their noses, but Verdi's "Nabucco," which opens Minnesota Opera's 50th season, changed the face of…
REVIEW: The Verdi opera's 19th-century political themes are re-dramatized in this new production, which features strong singing and a star turn by soprano Brenda Harris.
The worth of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra was shown in the pieces by Strauss and Brahms.
In Minnesota Opera's non-trendy "Traviata," vivid singing carries the sad story.
REVIEW: Baritone Stephen Powell held nothing back in a stunning portrayal of Verdi's tortured Rigoletto.
REVIEW: Erin Keefe's first solo performance, of Beethoven, at Sommerfest, was sublime.
REVIEW: Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra end their season powerfully.
CLASSICAL REVIEW: Superb performances of a legendary work by Varèse and two Mozart pieces are quite worthy.
REVIEW: Osmo Vänskä conducts a masterful version of the Finnish composer's First.
Two Minnesota Orchestra musicians were folded seamlessly into the ensemble.
Sarah Kwak's solo turn in Alexander Glazunov's Violin Concerto is her last before leaving to join the Oregon Symphony.
REVIEW: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski led the Minnesota Orchestra in a monumental Eighth, with profound results.
REVIEW Less might be more in James Stephenson's world premiere, "Tributes."
An all-Russian program gives the Minnesota Orchestra's principal cellist a solo turn, to triumphant effect.
REVIEW: In Minnesota Opera's "Lucia di Lammermoor," the soprano displayed an opulent instrument and intelligent, charismatic acting.
REVIEW: For his concerto, Korngold borrowed from his own film scores, which he described as "operas without singing."
REVIEW: Julia Fischer brought understatement and purity of tone to her Schubert Club recital.
REVIEW: James Valenti owns the show as a tragic poet in Minnesota Opera's staging of Massenet's "Werther."
In a sumptuous and powerful performance, soprano Christine Brewer proved that there is great Wagner to be heard outside of the opera house.
Guest soloist Peter Serkin gave a masterful performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Minnesota Orchestra.
REVIEW Guest soloist James Ehnes and the Minnesota Orchestra performed composer's only Violin Concerto.
REVIEW: Chamber music shows a moving and intimate side to composer/conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.
REVIEW: The pianist gave no sign of burnout from the 19th century giant in his Schubert Club concert.
Concert review: The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra gave a convincing reading to both the aggressive newer work and a mellow Brahms, plus a vivid Beethoven concerto.
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.
A concert program at Orchestra Hall that looked conventional sounded sensational.
The "Art of Fugue" is one of three pieces on the program.
ORCHESTRA REVIEW: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein combined freedom, control in bewitching Ravel concerto.
The Schubert Club's International Artist Series brought in the Naughton sisters from Wisconsin to open the 2011-12 season with a varied program of piano duos and duets.
REVIEW: Minnesota Opera's "Cosi Fan Tutte" steers adroitly between brittle farce and vivid drama.
Simone Lamsma, with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, sounded splendid playing Magnus Lindberg's 2006 work.
Nov. 12-20: 'Silent Night' at Ordway Center Traditionalists, relax: Mozart & Co. aren't leaving town. But nothing bespeaks a healthy musical culture so much as…
The Brooklyn-based group, which has been recording Philip Glass string quartets, played them Sunday with aplomb.
REVIEW: The ensemble's home base is in doubt, but it hopes to keep performing in the coming year.
The Minnesota Orchestra is playing Pulitzer-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis' "Concerto with Echoes," along with Beethoven and Sibelius.
Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra spare none of the work's feverish intensity.
REVIEW A contemporary chamber symphony by John Adams is neatly bracketed by Beethoven and Dvorak classics.
Concert review: Call it a partial preview, since the Chamber Orchestra performs only about half of the show it will take to New York City next month.
Concert review: The new piano concerto, commissioned by Osmo Vänskä makes its world premiere this weekend.
The moving program spanning northern European works was dedicated to the people of Japan.
Sometimes a program, though well-played, doesn't fit the mood of the listener, or the tone of the times.
A recital at the Ordway showed why Leila Josefowicz is one of today's "indispensable" performers.
Matthias Pintscher, a young German composer, presents a work of his own in his St. Paul Chamber Orchestra debut.
In Minnesota Opera's non-trendy "Traviata," vivid singing carries the sad story.
REVIEW: The work by Kalevi Aho gets an emotional performance by the Minnesota Orchestra and guest clarinetist Martin Fröst.
The string quartet, known for redefining chamber music, drew from their album "Floodplain."
Minnesota Opera's "Mary Stuart" is a grandly sung tale of blood and royalty.
Steve Copes of the SPCO talks about famous teachers, desert-isle music and the ups and downs of being a concertmaster.
For his second weekend with the Chamber Orchestra, Edo de Waart chose music close to his heart, from Mozart to Adams.
Chinese-born musician, just 23, played at high intensity for two hours at her Schubert Club date.
CD REVIEW Osmo Vänskä and soloist Yevgeny Sudbin share a devotion to lucidity and daring dynamics in their first disc of piano concertos.
A handful of discs that caught my attention in the past year.
Music of the French baroque is followed by Haydn and Stravinsky.
Austrian conductor Hans Graf put the dazzling music front and center as he led the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra through its stirring homage to Paris and Vienna. It was almost perfection, if not for the program notes.
Orchestra's performance of big Berlioz work swings between passion and pathos, menace and melancholy.
A wonderfully sung Minnesota Opera staging of "Cinderella" stars a Romanian mezzo in her American stage debut.