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What’s In A Name

Happy New Year, everyone! I’d like to suggest a New Year’s resolution for everyone in the music business who is going to play a recital this year – keep it simple and do name the piano player.

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The Desolation of ……. HeDaCam

It’s that time of year, when good little boys and girls eagerly await the next installment from Middle Earth. I can’t wait for 25 years from now when at Christmas time I will take my grandkids to see Peter Jackson’s 29th installment from Tolkien’s universe - The Children of Hurin: Revenge of Mȋm. If you don’t […]

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What Biko Taught Me

Well, it’s happened again. There goes another bitter confrontation centered around the Minnesota Orchestra lockout. What I wonder, though, is how people could manage to have so disparate views about what has happened?

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Calling Joe Welch

An unfortunate thing happened to me over social media over the last 24 hours. It was, of course, related to the Minnesota Orchestra, and it rather accurately distills the raw and unfettered emotions surrounding this controversy. Somehow this got me thinking about what we, the community, have lost.

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The Difference Between Simple and Easy

In the wreckage that is the Minnesota Orchestra a lot of us have been throwing around ideas on what the next move should be. Many of these ideas are intriguing, some are debatable.  A large part of these discussion have rotated around very simple ideas which on the surface seem no-brainers. Unfortunately, many of these […]

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Well…

18 months ago Sticks&Drones first broke the news about the labor strife at the Minnesota Orchestra in a blog entitled The Sinking of the Minnesota. Reaction to that post was, to put it mildly, somewhat negative. I was excoriated in the press as being “unhelpful,” for “throwing unnecessary fuel on the fire,” and other things, […]

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