SPCO responds to Bell's passion with ...

SPCO responds to Bell's passion with equal measure

There are 3 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 27, 2010, titled SPCO responds to Bell's passion with equal measure. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

When the first of four sellout crowds for this weekend's St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts settled into their seats at the Ordway on Thursday night, some may have been dismayed to open their programs and find that superstar violinist Joshua Bell had reduced the number of solo works he would perform from three to one.

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Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 28, 2010
A great waste of taxpayer money.
From the audience-

Saint Paul, MN

#2 May 28, 2010
This is easily the *best* SPCO concert I have attended (as a season ticket holder). While Joshua Bell's pedigree is long and polished, he doesn’t rest of what he has already done. His performance was dynamic, inspiring, passionate, and technically perfect. His inspiration to the SPCO peers was what was most surprising, as his energy and leadership-by-example certainly elicited a masterful performance by all. It seemed moot to have a conductor standing there as the performers performed as one—truly inspirational!
The program substitution of the overture to The Marriage of Figaro was positive to me, as I truly enjoy that work with a chamber orchestra. However, when it was moved to the beginning of the first set (from the beginning of the second set), I was then concerned by this program substitution. However, it was an ideal start to an amazing evening as it showcased the cross-orchestra performances yet to come.
This is the concert you should attend. If you don’t have ticket or can’t find them, you have missed a magical event.
First time SPCO attendee

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 28, 2010
No direspect to the SPCO, but I came to hear Bell. The Beethoven piece was nice, but the solos were not extensive. I left feeling disappointed.

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