Lets be frank about this: we could all polish up on our classical music knowledge. Luckily our colleagues over at Classical MPR are there to help, both on the air, and now in person as part of the "Learning to Listen" series.
Tomorrow night host Emily Reese and producer Jennifer Anderson will explain the finer points of the concerto in the UBS Forum at MPR's downtown St Paul headquarters.
That will be followed by what is likely to be a spirited discussion between host Steve Staruch, an accomplished violist and singer in his own right, and SPCO Associate Principal Cellist Joshua Koestenbaum on the theme of 'Is it the music or the marketing?' With many orchestras and and music companies marketing performers as much as personalities and clothes horses as musicians, where is the right balance between image and music?
The emphasis is on audience interaction, and there are still some seats available for the event which begins at 7pm. You can find details and reserve free tickets here.