Rex Levang

Music Director, Classical Music
Minnesota Public Radio
rlevang@mpr.org

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

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Sisters Arabella and Zdenka are opposites, but they're loving sisters. A conflict exists between the sisters' desires and the needs of their parents. It seems an insoluble problem until an unexpected caller arrives, setting in motion a romantic comedy. Classical MPR's Rex Levang illuminates ahead of the Met Opera broadcast on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. (04/18/2014)
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This Tuesday, April 15, Sir Neville Marriner turns 90. On Morning Glories, we'll offer four Marriner performances with four different orchestras that the busy, versatile conductor has led during his long career. (04/14/2014)
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Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones -- but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile. (04/04/2014)
April Fool's Day comes just at the time when we could all use a bit of levity. On Morning Glories, we'll hear five pieces reminding us that so-called 'serious composers' aren't always so serious. (03/31/2014)
On this week's Morning Glories, we'll take a look at some performers and repertoire coming to our region in the next few weeks. (03/24/2014)
This is the week of the vernal equinox -- and not a moment too soon. On Morning Glories, we'll hear music from composers whose works evince their eagerness for spring to arrive. (03/17/2014)
This week, we'll hear five Morning Glories by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach -- aka "CPE" -- whose 300th birthday falls on March 8. (03/03/2014)
This week, a major exhibit of the art of Henri Matisse is opening in Minneapolis. Matisse's life coincides with a period of abundant creativity by French and French-based composers. Our Morning Glories come from that era and reflect some of the same themes that Matisse explored in his colorful, personal art. (02/24/2014)
'Der Rosenkavalier' is the most popular work by the team of composer Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Classical MPR's Rex Levang has compiled a few bits of trivia that you might not know about this iconic opera. (02/22/2014)
In our Morning Glories this week, we'll hear from six well-practiced pianists, all performing at Carnegie Hall. One of them will also be performing on our Minnesota Orchestra broadcast this Friday, Feb. 21. (02/17/2014)
Richard Strauss's 'Die Frau ohne Schatten', which the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts this weekend, is a fairy-tale opera telling a lofty story of love and self-sacrifice. View a slideshow of the production and read some insights from Classical MPR's Rex Levang. (02/15/2014)
With Valentine's Day approaching, we'll have four Morning Glories exploring love -- and then hear music that you tell us you love on Friday, Feb. 14. (02/10/2014)
On Friday, Feb. 7, the Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will be on the podium. On Morning Glories, we'll sample the rich variety of recordings that Skrowaczewski and the Orchestra have made together. (02/03/2014)
Monday, Jan. 27, is Mozart's birthday, and we'll have a week of Mozart Morning Glories. We'll sample the music of this most versatile of composers with five works, each in a different genre. (01/27/2014)
Tune in Saturday, Jan. 25, at noon to hear the Metropolitan Opera perform Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love"). (01/25/2014)