Euan Kerr Feature Archive

On Friday Jherek Bischoff brings his unique blend of rock and classical music to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, where he will perform with musicians from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Channy Leaneagh, lead singer for the popular local band Polica. (10/17/2013)
A DFLer from south Minneapolis, is suggesting the state form a corporation to take over the orchestra and then sell stock to the public. Phyllis Kahn says she will introduce the bill at the next legislative session. (10/15/2013)
The nationally-known African-American theater faced a million dollar deficit more than a year ago. The financial picture was so bleak, Penumbra laid off six staff members and suspended its 2012 - 2013 season. But as the funds rolled in, Penumbra was able to resume programming. (10/15/2013)
Barkhad Abdi, who plays the pirates' leader, has been mentioned as a possible contender for best supporting actor at this year's Academy Awards. (10/11/2013)
Nicholson Baker's latest novel brings readers into the mind of Paul Chowder, a disgruntled middle-aged poet trying to find some meaning in his existence -- if he can focus long enough. Baker will be at the Twin Cities Book Festival on Saturday. (10/11/2013)
In April the Northrop will re-open after a $100-million renovation leaves it with a new, trimmed, toned and ultra-flexible style. (10/08/2013)
Emotion floated through the lobby of the Ted Mann Concert Hall Friday night before before Osmo Vanska, who resigned as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra on Tuesday, conducted the first of three farewell concerts in Minneapolis. Shortly after 8:00 p.m., the lights went down and Vanska walked on stage and the crowd exploded in applause. (10/05/2013)
MPR News' Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and and Jill Riley to review the new space adventure film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. (10/04/2013)
Irish writer Kevin Barry follows in his homeland's long literary tradition of linguistic improvisation in his work. His novel, "City of Bohane," is written in a language he invented for the novel. (10/03/2013)
Osmo Vanska, who resigned as music director of Minnesota Orchestra< this week, will conduct musicians when they perform two shows this weekend. (10/03/2013)
Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska and Aaron Jay Kernis, founder and director of the orchestra's Composer Institute, quit in frustration following another failed attempt by management and musicians to negotiate a new contract. They left exactly one year after orchestra management locked out musicians. (10/01/2013)
Management said musicians' contract proposals don't solve the organization's financial problems. Then, orchestra management withdrew from two coveted Carnegie Hall shows scheduled for November. It's a move that could lead to the resignation of conductor Osmo Vanska. (10/01/2013)
MPR News' Arts Reporter Euan Kerr continues to follow the MN Orchestra situation as it develops. Find all the latest updates here. (09/30/2013)
Locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians plan to speak later this morning on the status of negotiations with orchestra management on a new contract. (09/30/2013)
The two sides have been working against a deadline which has nothing to do with the issues in the contract dispute. This is the week by which Vanska says he needs to be back on stage rehearsing with musicians to prepare for upcoming concerts at Carnegie Hall. (09/30/2013)