Karl Gehrke Feature Archive

Over the past decade, Skewed Visions has staged theatrical productions in vacant office buildings, two-story houses and moving cars. The group's latest production uses the basement of an old coffin factory for a sequel to the satirical Cold War movie, "Dr. Strangelove." (09/20/2007)
Minnesota Opera artistic director Dale Johnson had little interest in opera until he saw Luciano Pavarotti in a touring production of "La Boheme." Pavarotti's performance left an indelible impression and first introduced Johnson to the power of opera. (09/06/2007)
For many Minnesota rock bands, it takes years to get a gig at First Avenue in Minneapolis. But for participants in the MacPhail Center for Music's summer rock camp, it took less than a week. (08/10/2007)
CD sales continue to plummet as digital music downloads enjoy a steady ascent. Classical fans are getting more of their music online too, but many still prefer browsing through the record shop. (07/30/2007)
One of the Twin Cities' foremost chamber music groups is calling it quits. The members of the Minneapolis Quartet are going their separate ways after six years together (07/06/2007)
Does it take magic to get kids excited about the symphony orchestra? A Chicago percussionist hopes so. He calls himself "The Amazing Carrington." (06/22/2007)
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the University of Minnesota School of Music have hired a conductor to fill new positions at both institutions. Richmond Symphony Music Director Mark Russell Smith begins his new jobs in the fall. (06/08/2007)
In a five-decade teaching career, Mary West taught the violin to countless young musicians in the Twin Cities. She died on Sunday at the age of 97. West is being remembered as a teacher who loved and nurtured her students but held them to the highest standards. (06/06/2007)
3M is known for thousands of products--from Post-It Notes and air filters to cancer treatments. But the Maplewood-based company also makes music, much of it produced by the 50-year-old 3M Club Symphony Orchestra. (06/01/2007)
Joshua Bell's three years as one of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's first artistic partners come to an end this weekend. The acclaimed violinist is sad that his tenure is up, but he says he's leaving feeling more comfortable leading an orchestra. (05/24/2007)
Pianist Andreas Haefliger considers Bela Bartok the most interesting of the great 20th-century composers. At Orchestra Hall this weekend, he performs the piece Bartok wrote as he was dying, the Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra. He says it captures the full span of the Hungarian composer's life experiences. (05/24/2007)
The personal story of a Somali man who left war-torn Mogadishu with his family for a new life in Minnesota has been adapted for a new song, commissioned by the Minnesota Chorale. It's part of the chorale's collaboration with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. (05/18/2007)
The upper Midwest choral community's Minnesota Twins are joining forces this month. Matthew Culloton and his identical twin brother Michael are bringing their two choirs together for the first time. (05/04/2007)
VocalEssence is celebrating the wide-ranging creative output of composer William Bolcom with the two-week festival "Illuminating Bolcom." Artistic Director Philip Brunelle describes Bolcom as the quintessential American composer. (04/24/2007)
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's first-ever Emerging Composers Competition culminates this weekend. Following a concert featuring the four finalists, the judges will choose a winner. What are they listening for? (04/20/2007)