Yes, I’m still alive. Yes, I took a brief Internet hiatus. Yes, I went to the concert. Yes, it was fabulous. Yes, I will be writing about it. Give me time.
In the meanwhile…
When I was in the Twin Cities, a fellow patron and I were perusing vintage programs, because we are nerds. We found this gem from February 2008…Michael Henson’s introductory column in Showcase! We read it aloud for maximum dramatic impact, and then laughed together at its utter absurdity.
Allow me to transcribe:
As I write my first column in this space, I am remembering just what attracted me to Minnesota and the Twin Cities in the first place: not only this fantastic Orchestra and its world-class music director, but also the community, which is to say, you. I cannot tell you how good it feels to begin my new post here, and to start becoming personally acquainted with individuals and organizations around the metro area and state. I’m eager to hear and respond to your questions and your hopes for the Orchestra.
I am grateful and pleased that you’re involved with the Orchestra; I believe this is a most vibrant time to be involved with classical music. When we seek out music – for inspiration, entertainment, comfort and excitement – we have so many options, from CDs and iPods to the radio and, ultimately, the concert hall. After all, what drives us in the symphonic world is the live performance, and we have extraordinary opportunities to share its thrill and freshness with young and old alike.
Thank you for welcoming the Orchestra into your life, and me and my family to your town. I look forward to meeting you, working with you and, most of all, enjoying our tremendous Minnesota Orchestra with you.
President and CEO, Minnesota Orchestral Association
Sadly, somewhere along the line Mr. Henson’s eagerness to respond to our questions appears to have waned…
Also, you may be interested to know that the Minnesota Orchestral Association has deleted most of the posts on their Facebook wall. Yup, just about everything from post-September has disappeared for the moment. I’m assuming this is censorship rather than a technical hiccup, because it begins at a very specific date.
This was one of the conversations that was scrubbed… I was able to access it after the apparent deletions occurred, but I won’t say how for now.
By the way, please forgive any unwarranted sarcasm in that conversation. I’ve posted on the MOA’s wall dozens of times over the months, but nobody there had ever answered my questions. This was the first time the MOA has ever addressed me directly. So as you can imagine, my patience and capacity for kindness is wearing very, very thin.
Anyway, yes. Classy move, MOA. Classy. FYI, you can run from the truth, but you can’t hide. Until you answer them, questions will follow you wherever you go.