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March 1, 2006

Horizon of Orion

I just finished listening to the Orion String Quartet's performance on Saint Paul Sunday and it had been a while since I had heard them perform, but as soon as they played the first note I thought, "Wow, these guys are good." Their playing is so technically precise, the same time also subtly nuanced and never mechanical. One of my favorite things about the Orion String Quartet is that with all of the music they play—especially with this program of well-known pieces by Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev—it somehow feels like I'm hearing the music for the first time.

This is also one of my favorite Saint Paul Sunday programs because it was my first show on the staff of Saint Paul Sunday. I remember being incredibly nervous: here are world-class musicians whom I admire tremendously, how could I ever say something interesting enough to hold up a conversation? But it's impossible to be nervous around these four. They are light-hearted, warm and constantly kidding each other. But they're not kidding about the socks. Todd Phillips has an amazing eye for the, well, eye catching.

Posted by Suzanne Schaffer at March 1, 2006 1:45 PM



I heard the Orion in concert several years ago, and wasn't impressed. But they knocked the Prokofiev out of the park today. Tremendous playing. Fine technique mixed with great musical understanding. Very nicely done.

John Niesyn

By John Niesyn at March 5, 2006 6:22 PM