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News from MSO Music Director, William Schrickel

MSO Conductor’s Circle on Nov. 2

Carol Barnett and Clara Osowski – World Premiere Preview

Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
at the home of Associate Concertmaster Kerri Fabyanske
4000 Washburn Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Please join us for our preview of a new work by Minnesota composer Carol Barnett, Will’s Ladies, commissioned by the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as MSO Music Director William Schrickel chats with Carol Barnett and mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, for whom this piece is being written, about the creation of this beautiful new five movement song cycle, which sets soliloquies of five Shakespearean female lead characters: Portia, Juliet, Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, and Cleopatra.

As part of this event, Clara Osowski will sing the Juliet movement from Will’s Ladies with MSO pianist Darin Tysdal – the first time any part of this work will be heard in public. We will give the premiere performances of this wonderful music on May 10 and May 17, 2020, in Roseville and Minneapolis, respectively.

Please use this link to register for this enlightening musical preview.

Mark Russell Smith to conduct May 12

Our May 12 concert, 36 Years of Harmony, will be conducted by Mark Russell Smith. MSO Music Director William Schrickel is unable to lead us in this performance due to an unexpected health issue. Fortunately, Mark Russell Smith, who is the Music Director of the Quad City Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa, the Artistic Director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and the Artistic Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Minnesota, is available to step in to lead this concert, and Schrickel will return to the MSO podium in June.