Marlene’s Musings January, 2015 This is my fifth season as Music Director of the wonderful Wayzata Symphony Orchestra. I’m thrilled that a hallmark of the season will be our performance […]
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Marlene’s Musings November, 2014 Never say Never When I was interviewed for this job, I was asked what repertoire I thought the orchestra could perform. I said, “We won’t be […]
Marlene’s Musings September, 2014 I’m SO excited to be starting my 5th season conducting the WSO – and what a season it will be! We open with Osmo Vänskä playing […]
Marlene’s Musings April, 2014 Studying scores is a blast for me. But, studying a score that is brand new is even better. Holding a new score in your hands is […]
Marlene’s Musings January, 2014 Inspiring Voices – singer, Bruce Henry and composer, Florence Price Back in 2003 I heard a podcast of Joe Carter and Krista Tippett (MPR “ON BEING”) […]
Marlene’s Musings November, 2013 At the age of 13, Mozart became concertmaster of the Salzburg court orchestra. Responsibilities for that position included conducting from the chair (Conductors, as they are […]
Marlene’s Musings September, 2013 It has been a fabulous summer! I have been to a few music festivals, conducted lots of repertoire, met fantastic musicians and learned a ton. But, […]
Marlene’s Musings August, 2013 Even though the full orchestra does not rehearse during the summer, members remain active serving the community of Wayzata. Here are the pre-season highlights from this […]
Marlene’s Musings February, 2013 The fickleness of fate, The treacherous territories of greed, lust and gluttony The joy of spring Love songs These are the age-old, timeless themes of Carl […]
Marlene’s Musings November, 2012 As I study the score for Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, I am in awe of the creative genius of the composer, who wrote the piece […]