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Our Favorite John Bush Cartoons

Our Favorite John Bush Cartoons

Before he passed away 15 years ago, John Bush drew more than 100 cartoons for the Minnesota Orchestra's Showcase magazine, full of clever visuals, wordplay, imagined scenarios and insights on Orchestra Hall concertgoing. Here are a few selected favorites from our archives.


A confused conductor brings a tuning fork to the pitcher’s mound for a favorite baseball pre-game tradition, the first pitch.


Ever wondered what’s inside Orchestra Hall’s famous acoustical cubes? Cartoonist John Bush imagines a creative answer.


Automatic, manual or sustain? A beginning pianist in the “driver’s seat” at a lesson.


Why stop at nine? Cartoonist John Bush imagines Beethoven’s golf putting skills.


A conductor’s clever invention keeps the rehearsal moving while he jots down ideas.


Eager mice line up at the Orchestra Hall Box Office to hear a special concert by the Pied Piper.


Close encounters of the musical kind: cartoonist John Bush imagines an alien’s reaction to a signature feature of pre-renovation Orchestra Hall, the blue exhaust tubes.


A daredevil conductor readies for the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.


A timpanist enjoys a musical meal at the Minnesota State Fair.


An audience member’s choice of wardrobe interferes with the sonic properties of Orchestra Hall’s acoustical cubes.


Cartoonist John Bush imagines a musical replacement for the former home of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings.


Cartoonist John Bush, who passed away at age 52 in 2006, drew more than 100 cartoons for the Minnesota Orchestra’s Showcase magazine. His cartoons appeared in many other publications including the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Corporate Report of MN, Computer User and Upsize MN.

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