Rex Levang Feature Archive

Here are our morning glories for next week, all relating to themes of love and passion! Love for a spouse (Wagner), unrequited love (Chaminade, according to the story), love for citrus fruits... (02/13/2012)
With "Gotterdammerung" ("Twilight of the Gods"), the Metropolitan Opera presents the conclusion of Richard Wagner's mighty "Ring" cycle. It's a mythic story, told over the course of four operas, beginning with the creation of the world, and ending with the destruction of Valhalla. Airs Saturday, February 11 at noon. (02/10/2012)
This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Tosca, one of the most popular operas ever written, by one of the most popular of all opera composers, Giacomo Puccini. (01/28/2012)
This week, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an archive performance of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, one of the most important works of the bel canto repertoire. (01/13/2012)
On his latest disc, composer Michael Torke presents two new pieces, "Fiji" and "Tahiti," both featuring echoes of pop and minimalism. Enter to win an autographed copy from Classical MPR and download a free track. (01/09/2012)
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)