Rex Levang Feature Archive

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)
The news of the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and orchestra management coming to an agreement drove us to our music library, immediately digging for the most jubilant recordings from the Minnesota Orchestra catalog to celebrate the return of one of Minnesota's most beloved musical institutions. (01/15/2014)
This week on Morning Glories, we've taken a look at what's come in the mail lately. Guess what we've found? A lot of new releases! You'll hear something new each day at 10 a.m. (01/13/2014)
The Metropolitan Opera presents Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus', which airs at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11. (01/11/2014)
It's going to be a waltz-filled week, between the New Year's Day concert from Vienna, and Learning to Listen, devoted to the waltzes of Strauss. On Morning Glories, we'll take a look at some other composers who have been beguiled by three-quarter time. (12/30/2013)
It was not long after Beethoven's death that people began to talk about "three periods" in his music. Despite the obvious simplifications involved, this division continues to be used and discussed today. (12/16/2013)
Tune in at noon for a live broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi's <i>Falstaff</i> from the Metropolitan Opera. Classical MPR's Rex Levang shares eight facts about the opera to enhance your enjoyment of it. (12/14/2013)
This week's Morning Glories celebrate Tchaikovsky &#151; let's hope his music brings some warmth into the winter season. (And don't forget about the complete <i>Nutcracker</i>, Wednesday night at 8.) (12/09/2013)