Karl Gehrke Feature Archive

Botanical art is a tradition that goes back centuries. Despite the advent of digital photography, the documentation of plants by artists remains important to scientists. (07/21/2005)
In her new novel, "Oh My Stars," popular Minnesota author Lorna Landvik writes about a suicidal young woman who finds joy in life while traveling through the Depression-era Midwest, with an unlikely trio of musicians. (05/29/2005)
Learning to play music can be hard, but learning to compose can be even tougher. Twin Cities composer Libby Larsen has been working with some Apple Valley high school students for the past few months as they create seven brand new pieces. (05/26/2005)
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and University of Minnesota School of Music have formed a new partnership that will include sharing a resident conductor. (05/18/2005)
In February 1972, President Richard Nixon changed the world when he visited China. It was the beginning of normalized relations between the U.S. and China. John Adams' 1987 opera, "Nixon in China," is being performed the next two weekends by The Minnesota Opera (05/13/2005)
Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano improvises with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. premiere of "A Man Descending." (05/06/2005)
It's been a little over a year since saxophonist Jeremy Walker's downtown St. Paul jazz club, Brilliant Corners, closed its doors. Walker is continuing his mission of developing jazz in the Twin Cities with the new Jazz is NOW! Orchestra. (04/29/2005)
One of the Twin Cities' most highly regarded chamber music groups, the Prospect Park Players, is calling it quits this weekend after one final concert. (04/14/2005)
For the past few years the Talmud Torah School in St. Paul has presented Hebrew language versions of popular musicals. This week they're doing a newly-translated "Wizard of Oz." (04/13/2005)
John Steinbeck's classic novel of Depression-era America, "The Grapes of Wrath," has been adapted for the stage and film. Now the Minnesota Opera is in the process of turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning book into a full-scale opera. (04/08/2005)
On Sept. 1, 1894, one of the worst forest fires in U.S. history destroyed the Minnesota logging town of Hinckley. The cyclone of fire shot flames miles in the air, and killed more than 400 people. The Great American History Theatre tells the story in its new production, "Fireball." (03/10/2005)
It's perhaps the best known opening in classical music, the crashing chords of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The Minnesota Orchestra has released a new recording of the work. When many orchestras are recording less because of economic concerns, some are asking if there's really a need for another rendition of Beethoven's Fifth. (02/11/2005)
This weekend the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra premiers a new overture to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the opening of the Minnesota State Capitol building. (01/07/2005)