Valerie Kahler Feature Archive

The Eroica Trio's new disc, "An American Journey," includes pieces by Mark O'Connor, Gershwin, and Bernstein music that reflects the challenges and the vitality of the American experience. (10/14/2008)
After making a splash with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra recordings of Beethoven and Mahler, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel follows up with something a little spicier. (09/16/2008)
In "Simple Gifts," the King's Singers bring their signature a cappella sound to songs like Helplessly Hoping and She's Always a Woman. It's a successful venture into a fraught category -- crossover. (08/26/2008)
The death of Johannes Brahms' mother was the catalyst for a groundbreaking new take on the Requiem; one that disregarded the established structure and traditional text of the Requiem Mass, and drew instead from Martin Luther's German translation of the Bible. (05/06/2008)
Two composers, struggling through turmoil, and two young instrumentalists, unwilling to turn in routine performances, all come together on a new compact disc. (03/04/2008)
In a few brief years, 26-year-old Gustavo Dudamel has become a star of the classical music world. On this new disc, the remarkable young conductor interprets Mahler -- leading an orchestra of equally remarkable young musicians. (11/13/2007)
The great composer and the great violinist were estranged friends, until a new composition brought them back together again. That olive branch -- Brahms' Double Concerto -- is featured on a new CD. (09/11/2007)
Young pianist Simon Trpceski thinks Chopin's Second Piano Sonata captures the composer's personality: passion, drama, lyricism, elegance, sadness and longing for true love. Trpceski's newest CD features the sonata and other music by Chopin. (07/31/2007)
A new CD called "Rhapsody in Ragtime" explores not only straight-ahead rags by usual suspects like Scott Joplin but also explores the rag-influenced writings of jazz greats Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke and Eubie Blake. (06/26/2007)
The members of the Emerson String Quartet have enjoyed three decades of intimate collaboration and joyful music-making. Their 30th anniversary recording showcases the group's shared spirit of exploration: the complete string quartets by Johannes Brahms. (06/05/2007)
George Frideric Handel's music has an unmistakably regal, celestial nature that calls for a polished approach--and that's just what the Academy of Ancient Music delivers on its new recording. (05/08/2007)
The sound is sort of a cross between classic Italian opera arias and the movie musicals of a bygone era. It's zarzuela, a truly Spanish idiom, and it's brought back to life on a new CD by tenor Rolando Villazon. (04/10/2007)
In a new recording, the Claremont Trio flies back and forth between the sadness of loss and the joy of a life remembered and celebrated. (03/06/2007)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Shoreview is welcoming its newest addition on May 16, 2004âa custom-designed pipe organ. Members of the congregation there found themselves giving a lot more than usual to make it happen. (05/14/2004)
Cellist Pablo Casals called Bach's creations "the greatest and purest music of all time." We'll be hearing a lot of Bach's music this week as we celebrate his 319th birthday. Five Minnesota Public Radio hosts share personal reflections. (03/22/2004)