The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Gremlin Theatre Directed by Ellen Fenster It is not that uncommon for a single play to encompass moods ranging from harrowing bleakness to starry-eyed optimism. What is unusual about Paul Zindel’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is that there is very little in between these two extremes. And in the Gremlin Theatre’s … Continue reading The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Pintscher & The SPCO

Premiere of bereshit for Large Ensemble German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher was in Saint Paul this weekend to conduct the world premiere of his piece bereshit, commissioned by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. These concerts also marked the SPCO’s return to the Ordway Center after two weeks of neighborhood concerts following an end to the … Continue reading Pintscher & The SPCO

Upstream Color

Directed by Shane Carruth (2013) Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color is a film about bodies, noises, colors, identity, agency, science, and violence. It is also a love story between two deeply damaged people, who may also be two pigs. Carruth’s film — which he wrote, directed, produced, scored, photographed, and acted in — is chock full … Continue reading Upstream Color

The SPCO Returns

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Conducted by Thomas Zehetmair Thursday night’s concert in Apple Valley marked The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra‘s return to the stage after a bitter six-month lockout. With only a small handful of musician-organized concerts having been held during the lockout, the audience was clearly eager to hear the SPCO perform again, … Continue reading The SPCO Returns

Accordo: Intimate Voices

Works by Sibelius, Kodály & Dvořák The final concert in the Twin Cities string ensemble Accordo‘s fourth season, titled Intimate Voices, brought together three pieces that were composed within a little more than two decades of each other, all of them incorporating influences from traditional folk music. Yet despite these surface similarities, the group gave … Continue reading Accordo: Intimate Voices