We can’t go to everything, but we try to hit as many arts events as we can, and not only those we’re pretty sure we’ll like. (Pro tip: That’s how you broaden your horizons.) In 2018, we saw many memorable performances. For various reasons, these rose to the top. Tchaikovsky at Orchestra Hall. The Minnesota Orchestra launched the New Year with a Tchaikovsky marathon. Midway through, Anthony Ross brought his cello superpowers to the Mozart-inspired “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” which was framed by a pair of symphonies. songSlam at Icehouse. Hosted by Chris Koza, this was lively and fun. Composer-performer teams premiered new art songs – sung by trained voices – and competed for cash prizes. There’ll be a second round on Jan. 10. Roy Hargrove at the Dakota. We didn’t know it then, but this would be the last time we saw trumpeter Roy Hargrove. That night, Jan. 17, he played his horn and sang, “From the top of my heart/to the soles of my feet/I am blessed.” Hargrove died in November. CraftBOWL at the American Swedish Institute. ASI kicked off its Year of the Handmade with a sprawling, multipart show that included bowls from all over, carved… Read full this story
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