Karl Gehrke Feature Archive

The folk world is mourning the loss of Bob Feldman, the president of St. Paul-based Red House Records. He died Wednesday at the age of 56. For nearly 25 years, Feldman's independent label has been a major force in the national folk music scene. (01/12/2006)
California composer Paul Dresher and the Twin Cities new musical ensemble create a musical jungle gym that becomes a physical manifestation of how sound is made. (01/06/2006)
Choreographer Joe Chvala and his percussive dance ensemble, the Flying Foot Forum, return to Norse mythology for commentary on contemporary life in the show, "Between the Fire and Ice (Mjollnir II)." (12/15/2005)
In recent years the Christmas shopping season has crept ever earlier. The same thing is happening with holiday shows. Even though it's early December, Christmastime theater, music and dance productions have already been running for several weeks. (12/02/2005)
The Bakken Trio is one of the oldest chamber music ensembles in the Twin Cities. The members of the group all have other jobs in music, but playing in the trio gives them an opportunity to stretch out. (11/18/2005)
The pipe organ may be the king of instruments, but it's largely overlooked in the world of classical music. But 28 year old Paul Jacobs is creating new interest in the pipe organ with his exhuberant performances and marathon recitals. (11/04/2005)
Trombonists seem to be overlooked in the world of jazz, especially in comparison to trumpet, saxophone and piano players. But Twin Cities trombonist Dave Graf is stepping forward with the release of his first CD. (10/20/2005)
The folkloric hero of Norway's drama "Peer Gynt" was a selfish scoundrel, a character seemingly at odds with the nation's cultural stereotype. The Norwegian National Opera visits St. Paul on Tuesday and Wednesday to collaborate with VocalEssence in a concert adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's dramatic narrative with incidental music by Edvard Grieg. (10/18/2005)
October is a busy month for Minnesota choirs, as many of them open their new concert seasons. This will be the second year without one of the state's best-known choirs, the Dale Warland Singers. But both new and veteran choirs are continuing work that has given Minnesota the reputation as the choral center of the U.S. (10/11/2005)
Some 45 years after the predominantly black St. Paul neighborhood of Rondo was bulldozed to make way for Interstate 94, the community's history is celebrated in a new composition, "The Rondo Oratorio." (09/23/2005)
After living in Europe for the past five years, former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Music Director Hugh Wolff returns to the Twin Cities, the place his family considers home. (09/14/2005)
Marin Alsop made history this summer when she became the first female music director of a major American orchestra. Her appointment reflects the changes in gender balance which have occurred in classical music over the past few decades, including in Minnesota. (09/09/2005)
Since its premiere on Broadway in 1957, "The Music Man" has been staged by countless schools, community theatres and companies around the world. Now this musical story of a con man selling band instruments in River City, Iowa is being staged in a backyard in the Twin Cities suburb of Maple Grove. (08/17/2005)
Minnesota native and internationnally accalimed early music singer Emily Van Evera has released a new CD focusing on Lady Penelope Rich, the tragic muse of the Elizabethan court. (08/09/2005)
After several years away from the clarinet, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska makes his Orchestra Hall debut on the instrument in a Sommerfest chamber music performance. (07/29/2005)