An Update from the Intern

Greetings, friends of The Musical Offering! My name is Alex Legeros, and I am interning with The Musical Offering this season.  I love chamber music (enjoying both listening and performing!) and this group, when it gets down to it, is really unrivaled around here.  My impressions after working with TMO for a month and attending […]

String and winds

The next concert  of our Musical Offering season is a program I’ve wanted to do for a while, as the Mozart Piano and Wind Quintet and the Beethoven Septet were the first works of their genre and had an influence on many other composers. The Mozart Quintet (1784) influenced Beethoven to write his Quintet for […]

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 […]