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Classical Notes: April 22, 2009 Archive

The Life of a Trumpeter

Posted at 12:18 PM on April 22, 2009 by Gillian Martin

What's it really like to play trumpet in one of the world's top orchestras?

A lot of work! "Athletes who take time off get out of shape...The same thing happens with us. I don't think I've ever gone on vacation without my trumpet."

Read more about it in this profile of the New York Philharmonic's trumpet section.

After the Flood

Posted at 1:10 PM on April 22, 2009 by Rex Levang

It's shaping up to be a big weekend for orchestras all around our region-- in Bemidji, Duluth, Sioux Falls, Rochester, and last but not least, Fargo, where the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony is presenting a special post-flood celebration concert, along with other ensembles and musicians from the area.

You can't keep a good orchestra down!

No applause, please, just a "tusch"

Posted at 5:04 PM on April 22, 2009 by Alison Young (1 Comments)

It's not a word banned from the airwaves - a "tusch" is a German word that means flourish, like a fanfare. And one big one was presented to Esa-Pekka Salonen to bid him adieu as the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The normally unflappable Salonen got pretty verklempt.

You can listen to Esa-Pekka and the LA Phil on SymphonyCast Thursday night at 8:00 on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

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