To conclude the 31st season of the Bethlehem Music Series, Monroe Crossing and the Bethlehem Senior Choir perform Carol Barnett's <em>The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass</em>with great passion and bluegrass grit. It's a wonderful way to mark the July 4th afternoon.
The community of Northfield is in good artistic hands with both St. Olaf College and Carlton College in town. In addition Northfield boasts the I Cantanti Community Choirs, fine community choirs which celebrated their 25th anniversary with a concert this past April.
In today's Regional Spotlight, Osmo Vanska occupies a different role -- that of a clarinetist -- is joined by pianist Susan Billmeyer and violist Thomas Turner in a performance of a piece that's perfect for summer.
There's hot, bold-sounding virtuosity, and there's languid, glowing virtuosity. Both were on display at a Frederic Chopin Society recital this past May when the Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung piano duo took to the stage at the Mairs Concert Hall at Macalester College.
It is a year for big anniversaries including the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. A "Viva, Verdi!" concert with CORO! and Sonomento at MacPhail and in Eden Prairie this coming weekend are a part of the festivities.
John Orfe's new work, "Infinite Expectations of the Dawn" is a recent commission from the Choral Arts Ensemble (CAE) in Rochester Minnesota. Music Director Rick Kvam leads the CAE in this new piece with a few choral classics the from a May 5, 2013 concert.
To celebrate the opening of the School of Music at North Dakota State University a new piece was commissioned from Minnesota composer Jocelyn Hagen. The world premiere of <em>Swimming Into Winter</em> took place at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St Paul this past March.
Their performances are golden as they play as one, and with rhythmic drive and a sensuous sound the Brasil Guitar Duo always have fans saying, "Wow!"
Part of the magic of the performance of the Mendelssohn <em>Piano Concert No. 1</em> at the Basilica of St Mary on April 27 was the precision and emotional "color" of the Minnesota Sinfonia led by Jay Fishman. Also, Inna Faliks' piano playing will have you shouting bravo to the radio!
A tour-de-force for any ensemble, this week's Regional Spotlight performance of the Janacek <em>Sinfonietta</em> by the St. Olaf Band is filled with colorful fanfares and rhythmic drive.
With concerts this weekend, the Saint Paul Vocal Forum, led by Karin Barrett, stopped by the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio to chat with Steve Staruch and perform with their beautifully infectious spirit.
In a show of what one night of choral singing in St Paul looks like this week's Regional Spotlight features two fine groups that make music with stylishness and joy.
Choral Month continues with this week's Regional Spotlight, which features the St. Olaf Choir as they premiere a new choral work by Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis.
As Classical MPR continues with Choral Month here are a few more recent performances in which to revel. A VocalEssence and University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble concert, and Age to Age are in the Regional Spotlight.
Three choral ensembles share the regional spotlight this week as Classical MPR begins Choral Month.