Last week, the Minnesota Orchestra announced their choice for their new Pops conductor — Sarah Hicks. She was the first ever female staff conductor, and has moved into what appears to be the niche she’s chosen for her conducting career.
More info here.
Also, there was an “exclusive to the Sunday paper” story yesterday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that included much more about Hicks and her views about Pops, about classical music, and on the Minnesota Orchestra. My favorite quote of hers: “I can’t conduct Bruckner. I don’t get it, and I never will.”
How can she say she “never” will? Sometimes a composer and his voice in music does find its way into the heart after living through more experiences….