We did it! We met the Pohlad Foundation Challenge!

The Musical Offering is proud to announce the success of our largest campaign in all of our 41 years! We are elated by the show of support made for this professional chamber music ensemble. It inspires us to know that in our community there are those who value great music and will generously contribute to […]

A Big Thank You for Give to the Max!

THANK YOU!!! The day isn’t quite over, but we can already tell Give to the Max day was a resounding success for The Musical Offering!  We are so thankful for the support that was generated for TMO today, and it will go a long way to sustain great chamber music in the Twin Cities. There […]

Garage bands

This morning I attended a rehearsal of the MO above the garage at Norbert and Carolyn’s studio in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood. Seven musicians — 4 strings and 3 horns — practiced Beethoven’s Septet, which is to be performed in a week, Sunday, March 20. I attended and, yes, attended — cocked my ear, that is, […]

Classical music is dead among the young

Not our words but Allan Bloom’s, in the chapter called “Music” in The Closing of the American Mind (1987). Not an astonishing assertion but one that all of who love classical music, and chamber music in particular, are drawn back to time and again. As our eyes rove around the audience at Sundin Hall, whom […]

Birdsong and classical music

This summer you too may have occasion to be a receptive audience to birdsong, quotidian or ecstatic. We all know the cardinal’s impossibly happy song on a beautiful morning. (It makes us ashamed to lie in bed, doesn’t it? (What-cheer, what-cheer … wheet, wheet, wheet, wheet. Get up! Get up! Get up! The world is […]