Behind the scenes

What Happens When It All Goes Wrong?

It’s the classic quandary for musicians – you’re playing and then all of a sudden something absolutely terrible happens. It may be any number of things – someone gets lost at a critical point in the music, you turn two [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | October 24th, 2014
Tour ≠ Holiday!

I love travelling. And getting to play music while travelling is basically being on holiday, right? Not quite. The flights are booked; the concert’s in the diary; the audience have their tickets. Can you really relax knowing you’ve got an [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | October 14th, 2014
The Stage Manager- A Musician’s Best Friend

Stage managers of orchestras have a very important role. A good one takes expert care of our instruments and the musicians, soloists and conductors— meeting their every wish and whim. The stage manager is the one who announces, “Orchestra… On [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | October 12th, 2014
FINNISH Finish – A Tour Story

Any veteran musician has some outstanding tour stories to tell. Here is one of mine. The climax of the 2004 Minnesota Orchestra European tour was our performance in Lahti, Finland at the Sibelius Concert Hall. Our new Music Director Osmo [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | September 20th, 2014
You Know It’s The End of The Season When…

Once again the end of the season finally arrives after weeks of wonderful performances—subscription concerts with great artists and soloists, young people and children’s programs, chamber music performances, and plenty of summer pops programs. Our students scurry to various summer [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | August 17th, 2014
The bits you don’t see… backstage at concerts and competitions

Sitting in a comfortable seat in a concert hall, watching the soloist striding out confidently, you relax knowing that the performer arrived in good time, had ample rehearsal, and a quiet place to rest beforehand in order to be in [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | August 9th, 2014
Behind the Scenes at Aldeburgh with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme

Many think of big festivals in the UK as happening in the bigger cities – London, Cambridge, Huddersfield… But tucked away in the not-too-far reaches of Suffolk lies the quiet town of Aldeburgh, home to one of the most formidable [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley | July 7th, 2014
Backstage Secrets

“Why don’t you get a new publicity photo to match your new hair color?” a man said to me immediately after I performed the Elgar Cello Concerto in a Northern Minnesota town. I thought I’d played it pretty well… and [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | June 14th, 2014