Shortly before the Minnesota Orchestra (MO) initiated what would become a season killing work stoppage, MO violist Sam Bergman used to co-author a very popular blog with the orchestra’s Principal Conductor of Pops and Presentations, Sarah Hicks, built around the MO’s Inside The Classics outreach program. Unfortunately, the blog was cut off on 8/27/2012 following an admin notice stating that section of the MO website was being redesigned.
Eight months later, Bergman had the opportunity to reach out to patrons via a pre-concert speech for an event presented by the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor Bill Eddins published a transcript of Bergman’s speech on 4/26/2013 at his blog Sticks and Drones.
Those inside the field have always known Bergman to be an eloquent writer and an extraordinarily level headed and fair minded individual so it was a genuine surprise when the MO decided to let Inside The Classics go fallow during the work stoppage. Fortunately, the time away hadn’t dulled Bergman’s skills, as evidenced by the following excerpt from his speech:
You know, no one has been more outspoken in opposition to this lockout and the destructive plan that accompanies it than the man who got Orchestra Hall built in the first place. It was Stan Skrowaczewski who, way back in the 1960s, when this orchestra was only 60 or so years old, worked with visionary Minnesota leaders to chart a course of growth and expansion for the orchestra he loved. And it is Stan who has been reminding us all of what is at stake all along the way. When we began rehearsals for this concert earlier this week, Stan jumped up on the podium with an energy that, frankly, I didn’t have when I was 20. And the first thing he said to us, just before we began to play, was this: “It is so good to be with you. And I mean that not only musically, but morally.”
[ilink url=”http://www.insidethearts.com/sticksanddrones/2013/04/26/billeddins/13901/” style=”note”]Read the entire transcript of Bergaman’s speech.[/ilink]
Here are a few photos of the concert event from the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra Facebook page (photos: Nate Ryan LLC).