I spent a wonderful Saturday evening as guest speaker at the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus' 50th Anniversary Banquet at the Northland Country Club in Duluth.
My thanks to all involved for having me and a special shout out to Bob Ballou, a member of the chorus for all 50 years!
The celebration continues with two performances over the next two weekends. You'll get more information here , and if you're in Duluth this weekend or next, check out the DSSO Chorus.
Top ten lists are always fun. Here's one that lists classical music's ten most metal pieces (as in heavy metal rock). The writer even pairs specific songs by Metallica, Black Sabbath, etc., with classical pieces by such proto-metal masters as Richard Wägner, Antönio Vivaldi, and Dmitri Shostakövich (sorry, couldn't resist).
Many of us are amazed (and envious) that professional musicians get paid to play music. We imagine careers that are stress-free, fun and joy-filled. While making music can be a joyous career, it can also be hazardous to one's health. Difficult repertoire, fast tempos, less than ideal performing conditions and non-ergonomic playing positions all contribute to stress and injuries ranging from tendinitis to TMJ.
Join me tonight at 7:30 at Common Good Books in Saint Paul when I interview Minnesota Orchestra Associate Principal cellist Janet Horvath about the new edition of her best-selling "Playing (Less) Hurt" and find out how musicians can avoid injuries (or at least lessen the risk for injury) and enjoy a long and healthy performance life.