Karl Gehrke Feature Archive

Soprano Audrey Stottler is an international opera star who is little known in her home state of Minnesota. She's recently been spending more time at home as she plans for the next phase in her career and starts to teach. (08/10/2006)
Informal gatherings to sing great choral works are a summer tradition in New England. A conductor who recently moved to the Twin Cities from Boston is hoping Open Sings catch on in Minnesota too. (07/18/2006)
Acclaimed Swedish baritone Hakan Hagegard has a world-wide following and is especially well known to Twin Cities audiences for his many appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club. (06/20/2006)
Soprano Dawn Upshaw is joining the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as the group's next artistic partner. The international classical-music celebrity says she's excited about this upcoming collaboration. (06/01/2006)
The second CD in the Minnesota Orchestra's Beethoven symphony cycle is out. Like the first installment, the latest recording is receiving favorable reviews. (05/31/2006)
The tragic story of the Elephant Man is the tale of a beautiful soul trapped inside a ghastly body. His story has inspired a play, a movie and most recently a French opera. The Minnesota Opera opens the U.S. premiere of "Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man" on Saturday. (05/12/2006)
String quartet competitions for high school students are rare. Organizers of the first St. Paul String Quartet Competition are introducing the idea to the Twin Cities and hope the competition will become an annual event. (04/28/2006)
Roberto Abbado debuts as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's artistic partner with a concert series celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. (04/20/2006)
Twin Cities composer Carol Barnett uses poetry about women with breast cancer in her new song cycle for soprano and harp, "Music for Heroines." (04/07/2006)
Twin Cities author Anne Ursu takes a humorous approach to the Greek myth of Hades and the Underworld in her new book for young adults, "The Shadow Thieves." (03/30/2006)
The Minnesota-based male chorus Cantus celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new work featuring a text from a poignant last letter home by a soldier killed in Iraq. (03/10/2006)
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the University of Minnesota School of Music are collaborating on a festival celebrating the music of Elliott Carter. He's considered by many to be America's greatest living composer, but his music is a challenge for both listeners and musicians. (03/08/2006)
Grammy Award-winning jazz composer/bandleader and Minnesota native Maria Schneider is returning to the state with her orchestra for weekend performances at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, and hometown, Windom. She's now based in New York but her music has roots in Southwestern Minnesota soil. (02/24/2006)
In a concert this weekend World Voices will feature music and texts from native American tribes as well as from early American French Canadians and Shakers. (02/23/2006)
For the past 17 years, the Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence has marked Black History Month with its annual Witness concert. This year, VocalEssence is staging an unusual choral ballet that tells the story of Sojourner Truth, a former slave and activist. (02/16/2006)