Rex Levang Feature Archive

Hansel and Gretel - that is, the operatic version of the story, which the Metropolitan Opera performs this Saturday -- can be seen as a musical equivalent of a gorgeous children's book. With each page turn, there's a sumptuous new illustration, with shimmering colors and detail -- almost too good for the kids! (01/06/2012)
If you were looking for a piece of music theater to ring in the New Year, you couldn't do better than Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, which the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Saturday Dec. 31 at noon. (12/30/2011)
On Morning Glories all this week, Classical MPR is featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leading up to our Classical Live broadcast on September 27th. Here's the schedule... (09/19/2011)
For our Morning Glories this week, we're playing a series of new releases at full stick. That is to say, we're showcasing new releases featuring piano players -- not necessarily playing loudly -- but playing well. (09/12/2011)
This week, Morning Glories will spotlight great Classical pieces inspired by works of visual art. This slideshow gives you a glimpse of some of the works in question. As you listen throughout the week, check back to match the pieces to the paintings! (08/15/2011)
This week, we're stretching our ornithological muscles to focus on the beauty of music and birds. (07/25/2011)
The well-known opera Der Rosenkavalier has a tangled plot. Follow along with our act-by-act description, and a whiteboard video from Music Director Rex Levang, who distills the plot via its main characters. (07/22/2011)
This week, the Minnesota Orchestra performs the grand finale to its current season -- broadcast live on Classical MPR Friday night at 8 p.m. (06/07/2011)
Rex Levang's connection with Michael Steinberg was through his books. (07/29/2009)
Spend an hour listening to the music of 1858, and discovering some interesting connections between the music and Minnesota's history and landscape. (05/15/2008)
We asked staff members of Classical Minnesota Public Radio to select outstanding holiday discs -- and their choices ranged from "Nutcracker" to Christopher Rouse. (12/25/2007)
Opera great Luciano Pavarotti made a stop in St. Paul in 2001, during his 40th anniversary tour. MPR's Rex Levang spoke with Pavarotti prior to that performance. (09/05/2007)
To complement your Valentine's Day, Minnesota Public Radio music director Rex Levang recommends recordings by three women whose stunning voices pull at the heartstrings. (02/10/2004)
MPR's Rex Levang earmarks 9 classical recordings for your collection this year. (01/02/2004)
During Saturday matinees at New York's Metropolitan Opera, it's safe to say, most of the audience is paying attention to the travails of Tosca, Siegfried, or Manon Lescaut. But there's a small group, sitting in a special box, whose thoughts are elsewhere. They're the panelists on the venerable Opera Quiz, and this season, for the first time, one of them will come from Minnesota Public Radio. (01/19/2002)