Osmo Vanska fought, and fought hard, to return to leading the orchestra he holds so dear, but now he has an enormous triage list. Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse interviews Vanska about the uncertain road ahead.
Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and Brian Newhouse talk about how they discovered Pentatonix -- and share two brand new videos from their studio performance.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is not only the finest choir from a nation of singers, but arguably the finest choir in the world. Hear the choir's amazing performance from The Cathedral of Saint Paul last November.
Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse interviewed Osmo Vanska this week. Vanska stated flatly that, yes, indeed, he does want to come back to lead the Orchestra, "If I can work with the orchestra the way I used to do, and I want to do, then I want to come back."
Blending hope, joy, sorrow, escape and faith, The American Spiritual Ensemble brought a tremendous sound to St. Paul's Central Presbyterian Church earlier this month. Tune in at 8 p.m. Thursday, February 27 to hear this incredible concert.
Dale Warland joins host Brian Newhouse in celebrating the holiday works of Stephen Paulus.
Recorded live in the Great Hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis, it's Christmas with Cantus.
If you've heard Handel's Messiah a hundred times - or perhaps never - you're in for something special Friday, December 21 at 8 p.m. This is a Messiah for those who've heard it countless times, or who want to discover for the first time why this piece is so beloved.
The nine-voice male vocal ensemble has put together something slightly different this year: there are carols new and old, as usual, but they're interspersing the music with brief, evocative readings that reflect a wide view of the season. Live at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.
Listen online to Cantus live in concert, from December 16. They do a little bit of everything Christmasy. And because these guys have throats apparently lined with gold, it all comes out oh-so classy.
Classical MPR is serving more holiday musical treats than ever.
Pianist Stephen Hough is recording all of Tchaikovsky's works for piano and orchestra with the Minnesota Orchestra for Hyperion. He is a performer with a strong inner compass, and much of that comes from a devout religious faith.
It's a rare contemporary piece that gets dozens of performances around the world in the first couple years of its life, but that's the case for Jennifer Higdon's 2005 Percussion Concerto. She wrote it for Scottish percussionist Colin Currie, who is playing it with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Cellist Zuill Bailey flew from Hawaii to Minneapolis last week as a sudden replacement with the Minnesota Orchestra. Bailey is a rising star in the classical music world who grew up in Washington, D.C., hearing larger-than-life cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
Andrew Staupe, just 23, is a St. Paul pianist about to take the next step in his burgeoning career. This winter he's been auditioning at Rice, Eastman, and Juilliard music schools. He spoke with MPR's Brian Newhouse about his hopes for winning a spot in one of these competitive programs.