March 2021 archive

Robert L. Larsen – The Heart and Soul of the DMMO 1934-2021

Dr. Larsen

Memories One of my operatic “heroes” so to speak has passed to the other side of the veil this past Sunday in Indianola, Iowa. Founder (with Douglas Duncan) of the Des Moines Metro Opera and its Artistic Director from 1973 until 2009, he influenced a generation of singers, music students, production designers and yes, orchestra …

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My Musical Career| Part Forty-Seven| 1994 Part Two

Salisbury Cathedral

1994 Part Two To Scotland and England with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra In August of 1994, prior to the start of the orchestra season, I took part in rehearsals and a tour to England and Scotland with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dame Iona Brown (1941-2004). She was a famed violin soloist …

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My Musical Career | Part Forty-Six | 1994 Part One


The Year 1994 As I begin this latest blog post, I am suddenly reminded by the fact that the year 1994 was actually quite eventful for the Oslo Philharmonic and myself. In fact, it was almost as good as 1993 now that I have had time to reflect back. There was much more going on …

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