Musicians of the SPCO.

Right now both of our world-class orchestras here in the Twin Cities, The Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, are facing crises.  Both orchestras are locked out after contract negotiations stalled.  It is a sad and uncertain time for classical music in Minnesota.

The musicians from these two orchestras are continuing to bring music to Twin Cities audiences, and this past week the Musicians of the SPCO gave a stunningly beautiful performance of Handel's Messiah with conductor Hugh Wolff, the Minnesota Chorale and soloists from the Minnesota Opera at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis.  What a lovely and uplifting thing to experience any time, but especially right now - for so many reasons.

It was such an honor to be there with my camera and to be able to give a small gift to this amazing group of players.  Classical music and musicians are very close to my heart.

For more information on both our orchestras and their current situations, visit:

Musicians of the SPCO

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

"The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal shall put on immortality."  (From The Messiah; I Corinthians 15:52-53)
If you have ever attended a performance of The Messiah, then you know that during the Hallelujah Chorus it is traditional for the audience to stand... and this one did with such enthusiasm.

May the band play on.  And on and on and on.

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Reena said...

oh my goodness Leslie, these are FANTASTIC!!! I love in the last picture the lady on the right, her expression. I can't even pick a favorite they are terrific!! The orchestra will be very happy with these.

Allison Hilyer said...

WOWohWOW, these are spectacular! The emotion of these makes me feel like I was there! They are going to be thrilled and speechless when they see them!

Sally said...

Wow wow wow!!!!! Love these so much! The one with the close up of the violin, amazing. What a wonderful opportunity.

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