Lileks: We can get another conductor...

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 3, 2013 - 8:22 PM

Sure, lots of swells were shocked when the conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra resigned. You’re serious? You’re not kidding?

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baldsopranoOct. 3, 13 9:39 PM

Properly silly for an absurd drama. Maybe this group would play PDQ Sibelius and Bozart. Maybe if we could buy $4.00 hotdogs and $6.00 beer in the aisles, we could get the old band back.

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edmeleOct. 3, 1311:47 PM

Can't we find some music loving Wilfs to hand over $1 mil. or more - no strings attached - find a new board that knows how to love musicians and Finns and take over that new hall that cost a mint.

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fordtudorOct. 4, 13 8:35 AM

Thanks James. Your satire is both entertaining and SADLY true. Something very wrong is going on in Minnesota. I cannot imagine the Minnesota Orchestra recovering in my lifetime.

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chezjakeOct. 4, 1310:52 AM

Hilarious! PDQ Bach would be jealous.

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richerdavisOct. 4, 1311:16 AM

This satire has said more about the lockout debacle than a year's worth of Star Tribune reporting. Nicely played, Lileks.

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hahatsktskOct. 4, 1311:56 AM

You are funniest and best-est!

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jgaugeOct. 4, 1311:58 AM

Thanks for the wake up call. Football reigns in Minnesota - no matter what the cost.

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joshg28Oct. 4, 1312:28 PM

Don't forget why orchestra musicians wear tails - our valets simply don't have time to dress us in anything else between dinner and the conductor's downbeat. I implored Mr. Carson to schedule cocktails at an earlier hour, but he and Mrs. Patmore run a tight ship around here. The gig is so cushy, in fact, that I plan to encourage my kids to pursue a classical music career as well. Not just because gigs like the Minnesota Orchestra offer an entry-level, six-figure-right-out-the-gate salary with free parking, day-care, and on-site squash courts. Not just because they are hiring trombonists right and left from an uncompetitive field like it was going out of style. But because tuition at conservatories, where most professionals "train", is currently $50,000 a year - which would relieve me of so much of that pesky expendable income that comes with an orchestra job. (Except for Curtis, which everyone knows is a safety school).

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musicmommyOct. 4, 1311:14 PM

Lots of fun--love you, Lileks! But it's a lockout, not a strike.

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jabuyerOct. 17, 13 2:20 PM

Oh, sarcasm eh? Nyuk nyuk nyuk . . .

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