Rex Levang Feature Archive

It's a week of big-name birthdays in the musical world. On Morning Glories, we'll have a weeklong party for some of these musical notables of past and present. (01/26/2015)
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. (01/23/2015)
This week on Morning Glories, we'll place the members of the brass family front and center. We'll hear each of the four principal brass instruments of the orchestra in its solo capacity, and bring them together, with a work for brass band. (01/19/2015)
On Saturday, January 17, at noon, we'll air Franz Lehar's enchanting operetta, "The Merry Widow," in a live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera. It stars the great Renee Fleming as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all of Paris. (01/17/2015)
What with cold temperatures and months of winter yet to go, a lot of people are dreaming about a getaway of some kind. On this week's Morning Glories, we'll hear from five composers who traveled to far-away spots, either in real life or in their imaginations. (01/12/2015)
<em>Aida</em>, by Giuseppe Verdi, is one of the world's best-known operas. At one time, it led off the so-called &quot;ABC&quot; operas &mdash; the three most-performed operas at the Met (<em>Aida</em>, <em>Boheme</em>, and <em>Carmen</em>, in that order.) (01/10/2015)
Now that it's January, orchestras and concert presenters are putting away the holiday decorations, and getting ready for what feels like the second half of the season. The offerings are varied and bountiful. This week, we'll offer a small preview of events in our region in coming months. (01/05/2015)
On Saturday, January 3, at noon, we'll air Richard Jones's haunting yet witty production of "Hansel and Gretel," in a live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel. (01/03/2015)
Classical MPR Music Director Rex Levang takes a thoughtful look back at what transpired in the world of classical music during the year 2014. (12/29/2014)
Fast away the old year passes, as the song goes. On Morning Glories, we'll look back at some of the classical music events that made news in 2014 -- and welcome 2015 in. (12/29/2014)
The Met Opera presents Verdi's timeless masterwork, "La Traviata," with rising soprano Marina Rebeka in the role of the title heroine. Stephen Costello is Alfredo, Quinn Kelsey is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Tune in Saturday, Dec. 27, at noon. (12/27/2014)
This week brings us the birthday of the man who for many is the archetypal composer in the classical tradition, Ludwig van Beethoven (the evidence points to a December 16 birthday -- no one is absolutely sure). We'll note the anniversary with five Morning Glories, each in a different genre: sonata, symphony, string quartet, ballet, and choral. (12/15/2014)
There's something of a romantic-comedy plot in Richard Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg', but there's much more. Even when writing comedy, Wagner couldn't restrain himself from exploring serious themes. Classical MPR's Rex Levang sheds light on this ahead of Saturday's Met Opera broadcast. (12/12/2014)
This week, flutist Sir James Galway turns 75. We'll celebrate "the man with the golden flute" with five Morning Glories, drawn from the bumper harvest of recordings he's made over his long and stellar career. (12/08/2014)
This week, we shine the spotlight on the orchestral instruments that make music by the bowing and plucking of strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp. Listen in, and check out our online video on the string family! (12/01/2014)