Rex Levang Feature Archive

<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)
During Thanksgiving week, as Americans celebrate the harvest, we'll hear four of the "American" pieces that have their roots in Antonin Dvo&#345;&#225;k's historic visit to America and its heartland. (11/24/2014)
This week on Morning Glories, join us as we celebrate the artistry of Minnesota native and classical guitar master, Sharon Isbin. (11/17/2014)
This week on Morning Glories, we're throwing a communal birthday party for some noted composers born this week. (11/10/2014)
November's a busy month on the concert calendar, with interesting events happening all around our region. This week on Morning Glories, we'll highlight the artistry of four acclaimed soloists and one historic choir, whom you can also see live and in person. (11/03/2014)
This week on Morning Glories, we'll pay tribute to the Fantasia series, which at 70-plus years, is a multi-media phenomenon that's still going strong. (10/27/2014)