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Hell’s Coldest Day

This may come as a shock to many people but…. the classical music world is very strange. Case in point – this weekend, which found me the one place I was pretty sure I would never be again, and though it was a balmy 64 degrees in Minnesota it was certainly the coldest day in […]

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The Swimsuit Edition!!!

Every blue moon or so someone (or something) that purports to be part of the classical music business comes up with a sure fire way of grabbing headlines. Yes, in order to save classical music we must thrust classical music into the mainstream! We must make a splash! We must dive right in!!! (are you […]

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A (Washington) Post Mortem

Two days ago I tuned into my local MPR station and within 30 seconds had correctly identified the two gentlemen talking – Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. There was something about how they presented themselves which made me immediately think about Watergate and Nixon. I didn’t even get the gist of their topic before I knew […]

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Dear Mr. Gelb…

Well, to be blunt, you’re not just wrong, you’re dead wrong.  And since the eyes of the (baseball) world are on the beautiful city of Minneapolis right now I’d like to invite you out here for a visit. “The Minnie-Apple?” you say. “What could that Midwest backwater possibly have to interest such an urban New […]

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The Tale of Two Papers: A Head-to-Head Breakdown

Sticks&Drones is delighted to hear about the deeply researched article in the Indianapolis Star, the premiere paper in all of Indiana, that delves into the upcoming appearance of Joshua Bell with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In today’s world it is a woeful rarity to have such erudite reporting about classical music, let alone a major symphony orchestra. The choice […]

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The Broken Circle

Well, it finally happened. Those of you not living in a cave will have heard the Osmo Vänskä is returning as the Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra. I’ve already heard some people claim that the orchestra has come full circle. Not quite. (more…)

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The Opera That Cried Wolf!

In what is turning into a regular guest slot we have a third blog installment by our friend Viswa Subbaraman, Artistic Director of the Skylight Music Theater in Milwaukee. Enjoy!. (more…)

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Don Quichotte Rides Again: Viswa and the San Diego Opera

Just because I’m lazy here’s another post from my colleague Viswa Subbaraman on the San Diego Opera situation:   A lot has been going on with the San Diego Opera in the past week. I’m going to try to talk about the most updated information I’ve seen, but it’s changing pretty rapidly. If I’m behind […]

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