Rex Levang

Music Director, Classical Music
Minnesota Public Radio

Rex Levang, a longtime member of Minnesota Public Radio's classical music department, hails from Duluth. As music director on the classical side, he works in MPR's Eileen Bigelow Music Library and is intensively involved in planning and scheduling the music heard on MPR's classical music service. He has written on music for print and the Web, has worked in sheet music and record stores, and has appeared on the Metropolitan Opera Quiz.

Rex Levang Feature Archive

Minnesota Orchestra
This week, the Minnesota Orchestra writes another chapter in its history as it travels to Cuba -- the first U. S. orchestra to do so in many years. On Morning Glories, we'll share some highlights from the Orchestra's history, as we build look forward to this week's concerts, which we will bring to you, live from Havana. (05/11/2015)
Bouquet of Tulips
This playlist includes "Roses from the South," by Johann Strauss, and the Flower Duet by Delibes. There are also carnations from Sibelius, daisies from Rachmaninoff, and floral tributes from MacDowell, Mahler, and Barrios, among others. (05/10/2015)
Un Ballo in Maschera
Tune in to Classical MPR on Saturday, May 2, at noon to hear Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera', live from the Metropolitan Opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala sings King Gustavo in his first collaboration with Maestro James Levine. (05/02/2015)
Lakes, rivers, oceans--they are precious resources that sustain life. They can also be beautiful, useful, historic, powerful and even threatening. On Morning Glories, we'll hear five pieces that remind us of contrasting aspects of the life aquatic. (04/27/2015)
At Classical MPR, we're dubbing April "Voices of Spring" month, as we celebrate the choral art. And this week on Morning Glories, we'll explore how five composers have handled the medium of choral music. (04/20/2015)
Tune in to Classical MPR on Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m. CT to hear Verdi's Don Carlo, live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In prep for that performance, here are 10 facts which you might not know about the opera. (04/11/2015)
This month brings another outstanding choral event to Minnesota, with the arrival of the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral (London). The Choir, which can look back on nine centuries of tradition, will appear live in St. Paul (Minnesota) on April 28. As we look forward to welcoming our visitors from Britain, we'll get in the mood with five Morning Glories reflecting that country's history and heritage. (04/06/2015)
Tune in on Saturday, April 4, at noon to hear "Ernani." The cast includes soprano Angela Meade, tenor Francesco Meli, Placido Domingo (here singing the baritone role of Carlo) and bass Dmitri Belosselskiy. (04/04/2015)
Listen to Classical MPR on April 3 at 10 a.m. for a Good Friday special: Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe leads a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Alison Young hosts the broadcast. (04/03/2015)
This is the week when millions around the world will begin the observance of Holy Week and Passover. Our Morning Glories all draw on faith traditions, each in its own way. We'll begin with four new releases, and end the week with the mighty St. Matthew Passion. Listen each weekday at 10 a.m. (03/30/2015)
This week on Morning Glories, we'll celebrate five women who, sometimes despite long odds, have made vibrant contributions to the musical world around them. (03/23/2015)
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, is one of the world's famous choirs. On Monday, March 23, the Choir will make an appearance in St. Paul, Minn., as part of Classical MPR's Choral Series. This week on Morning Glories, we'll look forward to their arrival with five pieces that reach from the Renaissance to the 20th century. (03/16/2015)
"Carmen" airs Saturday, March 7, at noon, on Classical MPR. Elina Garanca stars in the leading role of the ill-fated temptress in this Richard Eyre production. (03/07/2015)
This week, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra inaugurates a new chapter in its history. The SPCO stays at the Ordway in downtown St. Paul, but now they'll be playing in the brand-new Concert Hall -- a visually and acoustically striking space, specially designed to complement the sound and intimacy of a chamber orchestra. On Morning Glories, we'll join in the celebration with five SPCO performances, in recordings from the archive of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. (03/02/2015)
Fairy tales, with their atmosphere of enchantment and mystery, have inspired many artists. This week on Morning Glories, we'll hear from five composers who tell us what happened, once upon a time. (02/23/2015)