"Othello" is a notoriously difficult play, a tragedy laced with love, deceit, and murderous jealousy. Underlying the work is the inescapable issue of race, as Othello the Moor faces the malevolence of all-white Venice.
The board of the Minnesota Orchestra met Friday for three hours without taking public action on the futures of president and CEO Michael Henson and former Music Director Osmo Vanska.
The story about Omar and the complicated relationships with his childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, and Tarek's sister Nadia, who both Omar and Amjad love, play out in a community divided by the Israeli built security walls. However Abu-Assad says he wants audiences to focus on the universal theses in the story, rather than the specific location.
Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski turned 90 years old in October without missing a beat. Classical music fans will applaud him again Sunday afternoon when they meet at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to celebrate the living legend.
Classical music fans will applaud Skrowaczewski Sunday afternoon when they meet at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to celebrate the living legend. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Sunday Maestro Skrowaczewski Day in Minnesota.
The list, posted on the Archdiocese website, includes nine names. All but two of the men are already known to the public. Three are dead. Only one was accused in the past decade.
Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr tell the tale of two remakes: "Robocop" looks good but lacks depth, while "About Last Night" gets a qualified endorsement.
In Jim Hodges hands old denim becomes an epic skyscape, light sockets and bulbs become sculpture, and ancient boulders become modern art. This weekend the Walker Art Center opens "Give More than You Take," a show featuring a quarter century of Hodge's work.
Osmo Vanska remains popular with orchestra-goers, but his return will be complicated. If the board does remove CEO Michael Henson, as Vanska wants, it looks like it has caved. If it doesn't, it makes a possible Vanska return very difficult.
The Minnesota Orchestra performed its first concert since the end of the lockout. The audience gave a standing ovation when the musicians walked on stage, but questions about former music director Osmo Vanska's future with the organization were on everyone's mind.
When the Minnesota Orchestra takes the stage tonight, its performance will be the musicians' first concert since a hard-fought contract agreement ended a bitter 16-month contract dispute. The concert will be broadcast live on Classical MPR at 8 p.m.
Although musicians, administrators and classical music fans are excited that the orchestra is playing again, the effects of the dispute are likely to be felt for a long time.
Hussein, who led Somalia from 1964 to 1967, lived in Minnesota for the last 20 years. Macalester College Professor Ahmed Samatar said the late prime minister was a great leader largely because of his commitment to ethics.
The Oscar-nominated short films are now in theaters for a limited time. You can catch the live-action shorts at Uptown Theater in Minneapolis, and the animated ones at the Lagoon Theater, just down the street.
Board members chose Sprenger this morning after a phone meeting that reportedly lasted only 20 minutes. Afterwards, Sprenger said his first job will be to rebuild trust between the orchestra's board, musicians, administration and audience.