Rex Levang Feature Archive

This week on Morning Glories, we note the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. His operas and tone poems achieved spectacular success during his lifetime, and today, they're performed, recorded, and discussed as widely as ever. (06/09/2014)
This week on Morning Glories, we'll play five pieces related to weddings, as we begin the iconic month of June. (06/02/2014)
We'll wind up our Music for Learning month with Morning Glories that feature music written for schools, whether European schools with centuries of history or institutions of higher learning much closer to home. (05/26/2014)
As we continue to celebrate Music for Learning, on Morning Glories this week, we focus on musicians who have come from El Sistema, Venezuela's remarkable system of music education, whose vision of music training and social change is now being emulated throughout the world. (05/19/2014)
This month, we celebrate music for learning, and on Morning Glories this week, we'll air five pieces meant for students, whether they're performers, or listeners -- some music for learning, quite literally. (05/12/2014)
What would be left of the Cinderella story if you took away the glass slippers, the pumpkin and the fairy godmother? Classical MPR's Rex Levang and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato point out some differences. 'La Cenerentola' airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR. (05/10/2014)
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)