Love, Metropolitan Style

by John Birge, Minnesota Public Radio
November 16, 2012
LISTEN

ST. PAUL, Minn. — am•a•teur n. .1. A person who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession. [from Latin amator, lover, from amare, to love.]

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is an amateur orchestra in the highest sense of that word: they love playing music.

And make no mistake about it, these amateurs are not dilettantes. While they're not getting paid for their work, many in the group have the same conservatory training that professionals receive. And at a time when both professional orchestras in the Twin Cities are locked out in a labor dispute, now is the time to discover the musical riches of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

We talked to conductor Bill Schrickel (himself a professional bass player in the Minnesota Orchestra), and got a sneak preview of this weekend's young cello soloist Ben Osterhouse.

Guests

On Now

Listen to the Stream
  • French Suite No. 3 3:05 Johann Sebastian Bach
    Glenn Gould, piano
    Buy Now
  • Prelude on Rhosymedre 3:00 Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Neville Marriner
    Buy Now
Playlist
Other MPR Radio Streams
Choral Stream
MPR News
Radio Heartland

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Classical Notes Blog

Read more