Rex Levang Feature Archive

April showers bring May flowers, they say. So now that we're into the month of May, we'll bring you these five timely Morning Glories. Let's hope they're as welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring! (05/05/2014)
It's quite a week for Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra. Vanska will return as the Orchestra's music director, as of May 1. All this week, we'll bring you five Morning Glories, spanning a decade of performances by conductor and orchestra. (04/28/2014)
Mozart's <em>Cosi Fan Tutte</em> seems like a standard operatic comedy &#151; but with a twist. Classical MPR's Rex Levang explains this opera that has come into its own. The Met Opera's production of <em>Cosi</em> airs Saturday, April 26, at 12 noon, on Classical MPR. (04/25/2014)
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)
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)
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)