This just in from Constance Scheurer:
Dear Family and Friends;
This is why I write what I do. My heart is broken that after 110 years Osmo and the Orchestra I grew up with (my grandfather was a founding member beginning in 1909); now is no more. The departure of Osmo was the crowning blow, though expected given this whole situation has gone on for years and is international news. This is has never taken place in the history of classical music.
I have the archives of this family and Orchestra by default. I was honored to be asked to open the 100 year season. I was generously given the by-line by Sandra Hyslop and openly wept when she did not change one word of my article. This is extremely rare in the publishing world.
Now I write something completely different, photos and documents that date back to the 1800’s.
As some of you know in Minnesota, I had at one time seven estates of music which I gifted to ensure the “Notes” played one as Tante Gerde Soergel wanted. I did not wish the music to live in a vault as so much does! This includes a whole art collection my grandfather Karl Scheurer gifted the Minneapolis Institute of Arts which to date has never been on display.
I gifted Osmo with an original 1903 Sibelius score when I had the pleasure of meeting him. He advised that it was ironic as he had recorded it in Lahti.
The loss of this great Orchestra and talent I personally do not believe can be replaced and rebuilt after 110 years of supreme excellence. That is my own opinion. I am aware of the high hopes of others’, however; how does one bring back all the talent locked out in excess of one year who lost more that I ever thought possible.
Media outlets are now contacting me for the first time and with offers of monies for the story. In the past I had done everything “gratis”.
I do not reside in Minnesota at this time, but will always miss such a rich heritage of music, dance, and love.
Thank you all again for the Music of my Life, without Music I would never have been able to dance!
In the darkest times in history the Music played on ~ I will never make sense of what took place in Minnesota and why.
Blessing to you all,