Click on Classical: Musical brain surgery, a horn story, and a conductor swimsuit competition


Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we’re featuring on our website. Here are the stories we’ll be discussing today.

This week the Internet was buzzing — again — about video of Minnesota Orchestra Roger Frisch receiving brain surgery while playing. It’s a strange but true story — and most amazingly, the surgery was a complete success. Read the story, and watch the video, here.

Dale Clevenger is an acclaimed horn player — he played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 47 years — who’s also an experienced teacher, and quick with a witty remark. This week we shared an anecdote about one of his more amusing quips.

There​’s still time to enter the first-ever opera conductor swimsuit competition, and things are heating up — Maestro Bill Eddins of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has already posted a video submission. Watch the video on our site​.