Karl Gehrke Feature Archive

As part of a collaboration with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, music students at the University of Minnesota are getting the rare opportunity to work with a professional conductor. (03/21/2008)
A familiar face is returning to the Twin Cities classical music scene. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has appointed former Minnesota Orchestra conductor Edo de Waart as one of the group's new artistic partners beginning in 2010. (03/19/2008)
The Washington National Cathedral hosts the premiere of a major, new work by Minneapolis composer Dominick Argento on Sunday. It's the first music the Pulitzer Prize winner has written since his wife's death two years ago and he lost the will and energy for composing. (02/28/2008)
Local jazz singer Connie Evingson's latest CD is a collection of songs by jazz pianist and singer Dave Frishberg. The St. Paul native is regarded as one of the finest songwriters of the past few decades. The CD also reunites Frishberg with an old U of M friend he describes as one of the most gifted musicians he ever met. (02/24/2008)
Duke Ellington is considered one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Many of his songs are enduring standards. On Sunday, the choral group VocalEssence explores a lesser-known side of the legendary jazz pianist and bandleader. (02/15/2008)
The Minnesota Orchestra is spending three days this week recording St. Paul composer Stephen Paulus's Holocaust memorial oratorio, "To Be Certain of the Dawn." The work received its premiere in 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. (02/11/2008)
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's latest artistic partner is the famous American soprano, Dawn Upshaw. It's the beginning of a three year relationship in which Upshaw has the freedom to do just about whatever she can imagine. She promises plenty of exciting, new music. (01/18/2008)
The St. Paul-based Schubert Club has named a new executive director, who will fill the position left vacant by the death last year of long-time director Bruce Carlson. (01/04/2008)
George Tsontakis is more interested in getting his music recorded than having it performed in concert. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has helped the composer with his goal in its latest CD. (12/26/2007)
While such video games as Guitar Hero and Rock Band offer the chance for players to act out rock star fantasies, an installation at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis gives classical music fans the opportunity to try out their dreams of conducting a symphony orchestra. (12/18/2007)
The Minnesota Orchestra is reporting a return to a balanced budget. (12/08/2007)
During its 125 year history, the Schubert Club has drawn an impressive list of the world's greatest classical artists to St. Paul. As the organization marks its birthday this week, musicians and friends are celebrating the club's contributions to cultural life in the Twin Cities. (11/08/2007)
Classical music and the music of American Indians would seem to have little in common. But Chickasaw composer Jerod Tate is among a handful of Indian composers using classical music to express his culture and history. (10/26/2007)
Twenty-years ago this month, Kirby Puckett led the Minnesota Twins to their first World Series victory. A new play at the History Theatre in St. Paul explores the Hall-of-Famer's tragic life as an adored sports icon struggling with off-the-field troubles. (10/11/2007)
A major New York City concert series uniting classical and indie rock audiences is coming to the Twin Cities this weekend. The Wordless Music Series is seen by some as a way to introduce younger, adventurous music fans to classical music. (09/28/2007)