Excellent Educator: Anoka High School's Music Director, Michael HalstensonIt's that time of the week when we recognize a great teacher in our community. This week's Excellent Educator has quite the resume. Not only is Michael Halstenson the Music Director at Anoka High School, but his works have been performed by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and the University of Minnesota Opera Theater -- just to name a few.
SPCO To Hold First Rehearsal In New Concert HallMusicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are about to play their first official notes in their new downtown home. The orchestra will hold its first working rehearsal Wednesday in the new Concert Hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
Minnesota Orchestra Back With 2 Weeks Of ConcertsThe Minnesota Orchestra has announced its first concerts since ending a 15-month lockout of union musicians.
Local Music Tap: Musicians Of MN Orchestra To Begin 10-Concert RunThe Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra aren't letting a seemingly never-ending lockout stop them from performing. Starting Friday, the musicians will begin a 10-concert run for the Winter-Spring season, called "Music For Minnesota: A Season of Shining Stars!"
MN Orchestra Nominated For Grammy In Midst Of DisputeDespite being in the middle of a labor dispute, the Minnesota Orchestra continues to shine. The orchestra's latest album was nominated for a Grammy Award Friday night in Los Angeles. Tony Ross is one of the musicians, and he says it's a really big deal. "Especially if the orchestra is not in Nashville, or Los Angeles or San Francisco." Ross said. He said that's because there are not a lot of voting members in this community.
Eiji Oue Returns To Conduct Minn. Orchestra MusiciansFormer Minnesota Orchestra conductor Eiji Oue is returning to conduct the orchestra's locked-out musicians in a pair of holiday concerts. Oue will conduct the musicians on Dec. 14 and 15 in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.
Eiji Oue To Return, Will Conduct MN Orchestra's 'Nutcracker'Former Minnesota Orchestra music director Eiji Oue will return to the Twin Cities to conduct the orchestra's holiday performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." Oue was the director of the orchestra from 1995 until 2002.
Call For State Aid To Resolve Orchestra Dispute GrowsIt's been nearly 13 months since the lockout began at the Minnesota Orchestra, and now some leaders are calling for state aid to settle the dispute. Former governor Arne Carlson says the orchestra is a valued community asset that should get the same attention as the Vikings stadium.
Rep. To Propose Legislation For MN To 'Buy' OrchestraWhile there still hasn't been any movement in contract talks between management at the Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians, a local lawmaker is now pushing for the state to get involved.
Vanska To Return For MN Orchestra Farewell ConcertsFormer Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska is returning to the stage to lead his former musicians in what amounts to a pair of farewell concerts. Vanska quit his post earlier this week over the extended lockout that has idled the orchestra for more than a year.
Esme's Blog: A Critical Week For The MN Orchestra
Excellent Educator: Champlin Park Orchestra InstructorJudy Blomgren is WCCO's first Excellent Educator of the week. Called "Mama B" by students, Blomgren teaches all orchestra classes at Champlin Park High School.