Rex Levang Feature Archive

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)
Tune in at 11:30 a.m. for a live broadcast of Verdi's <i>Rigoletto</i> from the Metropolitan Opera. Ever since its first performance in Venice in 1851, <i>Rigoletto</i> has been a hit with audiences, and a standard in the opera repertory. Classical MPR's Rex Levang shares some insights about the story and its characters. (12/07/2013)
This week on Morning Glories, we're presenting performances by one of the world's finest choirs as we look forward to its appearance in Minnesota later this month. (11/04/2013)
Not all classical music is weighty or solemn. Some of it is designed to provide diversion &#151; and we'll offer five pieces that make that claim, right in their titles, on Morning Glories all week long. (10/21/2013)
Tune in at 11:30 a.m. on March 30 for a live broadcast of Verdi's "La Traviata" from the Metropolitan Opera. Whatever the shortcomings of its very first performance, Verdi gave "La Traviata" all the elements needed to endow it with lasting success. (03/29/2013)
Next week on Morning Glories, we'll celebrate some of the other ones. We'll take five pieces that live in the shade of their celebrated siblings, and shine the spotlight on them, for once. (03/11/2013)
Tune in to Classical MPR on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. CT to hear Verdi's <em>Don Carlo</em>, live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In prep for that performance, here are 10 facts which you might not know about the opera. (03/08/2013)