“It’s everything but academic," music director Ken-David Masur said of Brahms's Academic Festival Overture. “We think of Brahms as this bearded old slow man, but he had an extraordinary sense of wit and humor.” Read more about how Masur brought the humor back to the Academic Festival Overture.
There’s also a visual element, as the audience watches the physical demands upon the performer and the instrument. And that’s part of the live experience that even a perfect recording wouldn’t capture. Read about violinist Blake Pouliot's prep for Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1, & hear him perform it live Oct 21-22.
We asked several MSO musicians: If you were creating your own subscription, what concerts this season would you be most excited to attend? That’s different from musicians’ usual consideration of what they are looking forward to performing. But if they were in the audience, they would want to hear...
“Oh my God, classical music is so awesome.” Hear from bass trombone John Thevenet about how he found his way to the bass trombone and to the MSO.
While the MSO might not have any performances this summer, our musicians have stayed busy getting back into the festival swing. Read more about what the orchestra's up to via MSO Backstage.