Mixed Company is written by Saint Paul Sunday staff, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the show and the classical music they love. We welcome your online comments.
November 17, 2006
"...and your little dog too!"
Every ensemble that I have had the pleasure of meeting through Saint Paul Sunday has had a hidden talent, hobby or interest that makes them all the more engaging and adds nuance to their character. Be it Helene Grimaud's connection to wolves or Claude Frank's playful reenactment of the 1940's film Song of Love, it seems like all our guests have something more to offer to than just music. OPUS ONE is no exception. Its members are jokesters, story tellers and purveyors of knowledge who kept us listening, eager for more insights into their world.
There's another little tid-bit of information about OPUS that I almost forgot to mention - Anne-Marie's cuddly white dog, Samantha. Throughout the session, Little Sammy sat with her ears perked up, appearing to enjoy the music just as much as the Saint Paul Sunday staff.
It's funny how observing that little dog's self-discipline as she sat still through the recording session made me realize what a dedicated group of musicians this is. There is no question that Samantha is Anne-Marie's pet, because she embodies the quiet grace and discipline of Anne-Marie and the rest of the group. Each piece OPUS ONE takes on, whether it's new music by Tsontkakis or a classic work by Mozart, is as full of character as OPUS ONE's members, and is executed with great attention and discipline that only they can give it.
Posted by Chris Danforth at November 17, 2006 11:04 AM
saint paul sunday is still my favorite show and though be it somewhat emotionally co-dependant, it has stayed my pillar of strength during the 80's, up through to the present. i am temporarily in Paris and neither the louvre, musee d orsay or salle pleyel concert hall can replace the gratification and the joy, that saint paul sunday gives/has given me each week. from my first college sweetheart to the final years of a perennial graduate education, saint paul sunday has remained consistent. thanks for being there. peace, reuven
By Reuven Lewis at November 19, 2006 3:26 PM
Thank you for convincing Master Claude Frank to appear on Saint Paul Sunday.
Our creator had a special plan for him, to keep him safe throughout all He did.
By Harold Mandel at November 26, 2006 11:54 AM
Emil Gilels Beethoven I liked much better. Last thing I want to hear besides "Die Winterreise" with Thomas Quasthoff.
By mady sharma at November 26, 2006 12:41 PM