Posted at 5:38 AM on February 22, 2009
by Gillian Martin
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!
Oh Gillian! This takes me back some years ago when I was on an English classical music website and some colossal jerk (who was and probably still is a noted name in English music circles) had nothing good to say about women composers! I just about exploded. And I did write a comment for him that was about as nasty as I could make it. Judith Weir is a Scottish / English composer in his own back yard and I would love to know if these two know of each other!