He had some interesting things to say about classical music the other day in his column in the Strib. Talking about what he listens to on satellite radio in his car he said:
There's a good classical station, called "Pops" -- meaning, pieces you know and like, as opposed to the serious spinach classical station that rolls out interminable bolts of baroque chamber music or shrieking atonal opera that sounds like the singer is giving birth to a porcupine.
So are we a "serious spinach" classical station? Maybe once upon a time, but I think we're more on the "balaced and tasty" side of the classical food pyramid.
Posted at 2:47 PM on March 1, 2007
by Don Lee
The coincidence made me curious. Do our other "regional" orchestras date from that same time? Well, basic Web research tells me the South Dakota Symphony is about a decade older. And the Rochester Symphony was founded a little earlier than that, in 1919. (For the record, the Minneapolis Symphony gave its first concert in 1903.)
So we're not left to wonder about some kind of seismic shift in the Upper Midwest's symphonic landscape during the early 1930s. Still, it's remarkable enough that the Twin Ports and Fargo-Moorhead had the faith and gumption to get these organizations going just a couple of years into the Great Depression.