April 15: Program Notes

Leoš Janáček (born as Leo Eugen Janáček at Hukvaldy, Moravia on July 3rd, 1854 – died at Moravská Ostrava on August 12th, 1928) was a Czech composer of the first importance; despite his being performed somewhat less in the U.S., he is to be considered with Bedřich Smetana (1824-88) and Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).  His father […]


April 15 Preview

This season, From the Heart of Europe, The Musical Offering has explored the music by composers from the center of the continent: Bohemia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Moravia. Our season finale concert showcases light and dark in music with works by three remarkable composers: the Moravian Leoš Janácek, the German August Klughardt, and the […]


Program Notes: April 23rd

Musical Offering Program Notes for April 23rd, 2017, at Sundin Hall by Jackson Bryce Darius Milhaud (Marseille, September 4, 1892 – Geneva, June 22, 1974), was a conductor, teacher, member of the French group known as Les Six, and one of the most active composers of the 20th century.  He grew up in Aix-en-Provence, where […]


Marking the passing of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

From Co-Artistic Directors Susan Billmeyer and Norbert Nielubowski February 21, 2017 A candid photo taken by an ensemble member: after his last concert with Minnesota Orchestra last October, Stan exchanges words backstage with Osmo. It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the former music director of the […]