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Classical Notes: February 22, 2009 Archive

Why Osmo Vanska is like a Football Coach

Posted at 5:38 AM on February 22, 2009 by Gillian Martin (1 Comments)

The Minnesota Orchestra has a series of "away games" this week, as they embark on their European tour.

First stop is London's Barbican, and a preview article in Thursday's Guardian newspaper compares music director Osmo Vänskä (favorably!) to the best sort of sports coach.

One irritation: the author, Andrew Mellon, more than once refers to the orchestra as "the Minnesota boys." Perhaps he's not aware that modern orchestras now recognize the talents of women musicians, and that the Minnesota Orchestra in particular is about one-third female!

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