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Road Trip
Sam Bergman on tour with the Minnesota Orchestra...

    About This Tour

    The Minnesota Orchestra
    Osmo Vänskä, music director
    2004 European Tour

    The Soloists

    Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
    Joshua Bell, violin
    Ildiko Komlosi, mezzo-soprano
    Michele Kalmandi, baritone

    The Venues

    Carnegie Hall (New York)
    Musikverein (Vienna)
    Alte Oper (Frankfurt)
    Philharmonie (Berlin)
    Tonhalle (Düsseldorf)
    Philharmonie (Cologne)
    Liederhalle (Stuttgart)
    Town Hall (Leeds)
    Barbican Centre (London)
    Symphony Hall (Birmingham)
    Royal Concert Hall (Glasgow)
    Sibeliustalo (Lahti)

    The Rep
    (concert programs vary from city to city, and are selected from the following list)

    Duke Bluebeard's Castle, a one-act opera by Bela Bartok
    Symphony No. 4 in B-flat, Opus 60, by Ludwig van Beethoven
    Color Wheel, by Aaron Jay Kernis
    Musica celestis, by Aaron Jay Kernis
    Selections from Romeo & Juliet, Opus 64, by Sergei Prokofiev
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Opus 77, by Dmitri Shostakovich
    Symphonies of Wind Instruments, by Igor Stravinsky
    Violin Concerto in D, Opus 35, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Encores

    Wounded Field, by Steve Heitzeg
    Aragonaise from Le Cid, by Jules Massenet
    Serenata, by Moritz Moszkowski
    March from The Love for Three Oranges, by Sergei Prokofiev


ROADTRIP archives

About Sam Bergman
I'm a violist, mostly. A writer, sometimes. There's more (a lot more,) but that's really all you absolutely need to know to understand this blog... More

About RoadTrip
Road Trip chronicled the European tour of the Minnesota Orchestra (Feb 9-27, 2004) through the eyes of one of the orchestra's violists - Sam Bergman. The blog generated lots of interest, and was written about in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Sam was also invited on the BBC to talk about the tour and also wrote a piece about the orchestra's performance in London for the London Evening Standard. You can see all of the blogs entries by going here. More

About This Tour
From Feb. 8 to 27, The Minnesota Orchestra will be on tour. First stop is Carnegie Hall, then on to 11 European cities. To see the complete list of soloists, venues and repertoire, click here --> More

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Minnesota Orchestra
Tour Concert Schedule
February 9-26, 2004

2/9 - New York
2/12 - Vienna
2/13 - Vienna
2/15 - Frankfurt
2/16 - Berlin
2/17 - Düsseldorf
2/18 - Cologne
2/19 - Stuttgart
2/21 - Leeds (England)
2/22 - London
2/24 - Birmingham
2/25 - Glasgow (Scotland)
2/26 - Lahti (Finland)


What They're Saying...

Complete Set of Translated Tour Reviews - courtesy Minnesota Orchestra

Fascinating Notes - Washington Post 02/27/04

Osmo, Master of Beethoven - The Guardian (UK) 02/25/04

That Same Old American Sound - Financial Times 02/24/04

In Waiting No More - The Times of London 02/24/04


Minnesota Orchestra
The official web site. C'mon, buy a ticket. We need the money. More

The Virtual Tour
The orchestra's European tour in multimedia, for students and teachers. More

Minnesota Public Radio
They'll be broadcasting the final concert of the tour live from Lahti, Finland, and webcasting it from their site. I'll also be writing brief virtual postcards for the MPR site throughout the tour. More

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Strib reporter Kristin Tillotson will be jetting around Europe with us for a few tour stops. More

St. Paul Pioneer Press
The PiPress's intrepid arts editor Matt Peiken is tagging along, too, and experience suggests that he will have a unique take on things. More


Other Stuff I Like...

eighth blackbird.
If classical music needs saving, and I'm not saying it does, these six musicians are the ones to do it. I'm biased, since they're old friends, but it's a fact that there aren't a lot of contemporary music ensembles out there with serious chops and a dead-on sense of what makes music exciting. If there were any justice in the world, 8BB would be as well-known as the Emerson Quartet.

The Mischke Broadcast.
Every weeknight at 10, T.D. Mischke takes to the airwaves of KSTP-AM, and radio is worthwhile again. The only unique voice on an otherwise worthless right-wing talk station, Mischke is a legend in the Twin Cities, capable of comforting an elderly cancer patient in one breath, and launching into an improvised song about the dangers of Black & Decker toasters in the next. The station airs a live stream, and you can catch Mischke from 10pm to midnight Central Time.

Eddie From Ohio.
Greatest band on the planet. Truly. If orchestra concerts were half as fun as EFO's live shows, we'd be beating off ticket-buyers with a stick.

St. Paul Saints.
The Twin Cities' "other" baseball team has gotten endless media attention for its gimmickry and quirky ownership group (which includes Bill Murray and Mike Veeck.) But in their decade of existence, the Saints have brought a love of the summer game back to thousands of Minnesotans who had despaired of ever again seeing a double play turned outdoors. Every musician's gotta have an addiction of some sort, and the Saints are mine.



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