Posted at 1:48 PM on July 14, 2008
by Gillian Martin
Thomas Nee may have left the Twin Cities more than 40 years ago, but his legacy continues. He co-founded the Minnesota Opera in 1963, and was an assistant conductor to Antal Dorati back when the Minnesota Orchestra was still the Minneapolis Symphony.
Mr. Nee died last week at age 87. Read more about him here.
Read a brief history of the Minnesota Opera here.
Did you know Thomas Nee? Post your remembrances in the comments section below.
I never knew Thomas Nee well enough to really visit with him, other than shaking his hand after a performance. But I saw him conduct the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra many times. Later, after I moved to San Diego, I experienced his performances with the La Jolla Symphony and was always impressed with his ambition in tackling difficult pieces as well as his outstanding performances of them. He was an innovator and tireless guide in symphonic music.