Last November, the musicians of the chamber ensemble The Musical Offering were preparing for the second concert of their 45th anniversary year, a season titled “La Vie Parisienne.” The Nov. 22 concert was meant to be especially lighthearted, spotlighting the fun, bubbly side of the French temperament. And then came the Paris terrorist attacks of Nov. 13 that left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.Read More
In Mozart's day, composers made a quick buck by providing music for parties and soirées. Called Serenades, these pieces were light and, I'd guess you'd say, simple. They were meant to be background music to an accompaniment of clinking glasses, airy laughter and no end of small talk. But Mozart always gave his best to everything, and some of his most charming music comes from these occasional pieces.Read More
Minnesota Orchestra bassoonist Norbert Nielubowski joined Steve Staruch to talk about Sunday's Schubertiade with the Musical Offering.
Simply put, a "Schubertiade" is a party for chamber music lovers. Food, refreshments and conversation accompany chamber performances of Schubert's work. Why this Sunday, Jan. 26? Because Franz Schubert's birthday is Jan. 31.Read More
The Musical Offering is not only one of the great works of Western music. It’s also the name of one of the oldest chamber groups in the Twin Cities, now poised to begin its 39th season on Sunday.
I’ll also reach for another connection between Bach’s masterpiece and the group that performs in the charming and intimate Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University. The generally accepted story about Bach’s “Musical Offering” is that he wrote the collection of canons, fugues and other pieces following a visit to the Potsdam palace of Frederick II (“The Great”) in 1747.Read More
Basil Reeve began playing with the then-brand new chamber music group, Musical Offering, almost the minute he moved to town in 1971.
For almost four decades, he's enjoyed presenting concerts of varied repertoire, building an audience, and discovering new pieces and new ways to play old pieces.Read More