Posted at 11:20 AM on November 10, 2008
by Gillian Martin
Cellist Steven Isserlis is performing with the Minnesota Orchestra this weekend in two venues: Orchestra Hall, as you might expect, and the Cathedral of St. Paul, which you might not.
Isserlis is one of those rare artists who has a website that actually tells you something about what sort of person he is. Find it here.
From the website, here is a list of things not to say to him after the concert:
1) "Good job"
2) "I can't understand why there was such a small audience"
3) "Why DO you play on gut strings?"
4) "Nothing to do with your playing - but I didn't like the piece"
5) "How are you?" (with not one word about the concert just played).
As someone who rarely is acknowledged for the high-quality work I do day after day in my profession, I would be thrilled to have someone tell me "Good job."