Greetings from the Danube

First I want to pay tribute to all who made the NEPR cruise on the Beautiful Blue Danube a great success: thanks to Cheryl Willoughby, who kept the classical music on the air while I was away; to the organizers of the tour, Earthbound Expeditions and their staff, Tyson Verse, Tanya Masi and Matthew Brumley; to the more than 50 NEPR listeners…

SSO and BSO

This past weekend was a big one for orchestras in Massachusetts. On Saturday evening my colleague John Nowacki gave his first pre-concert talk for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and was witness to a season opening concert he called splendid and “breathtaking.”

Treasures from an old trunk

I wasn’t there myself, but have heard from some who were that Yevgeny Kutik, the soloist in last Saturday’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra concert was really terrific. In his concert review, Clifton J. Noble, Jr. says Kutik may be the finest guest soloist….

SCANDALOUS

About a year ago I received a package from a friend in Tokyo. It contained a recording which had become a best seller in Japan: The Symphony No. 1 “Hiroshima” by Mamoru Samuragochi. Part of its popularity stemmed from the story of the composer.

The Minnesota Orchestra is Back

Last Friday the Minnesota Orchestra returned to the stage of Orchestra Hall after being locked out for 16 months in a concert conducted by Conductor Laureate Stanisław Skrowaczewski.