The quality of student performers in the region is amazing! The 3rd place winner of the 32nd annual Young Artist Solo Competition, saxophonist and high school student Maneesh Apte plays the Alexander Glazunov Saxophone Concerto.
Haydn's Concerto in D is the perfect vehicle for Dmitry Kouzov's virtuosity and sensitivity to the work's melodic playfulness. His performance from 2011 with the Minnesota Sinfonia led by Jay Fishman is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Alfred Noyes' poem about a bandit falling in love with an innkeeper's daughter, The Highwayman, was set for orchestra and chorus by Sister Martina Hughes. Last October, Shelly Gruskin led a performance of this full and romantic sounding piece.
One Voice Mixed Chorus celebrates its 25th anniversary with performances this weekend. Steve Staruch spoke with Artistic Director, Jane Ramseyer Miller who brought in several performances for this week's Regional Spotlight.
Violist Kate Hamilton from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota has a busy recital schedule this January. She has several performances scheduled in Italy. Her brilliant musicianship is on display in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Ray Shows of the Artaria Quartet teaches at St Olaf College, where, from a November 2012 recital, he performs the Mozart, Violin Sonata in E Minor with pianist John Jensen.
Steve Staruch presents regional holiday music from recent performances.
Steve Staruch features several regional choirs from recent concert performances in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Mark Russell Smith is the interim director of the greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS). Smith spoke to Steve Staruch about the ins and outs of programming works for a youth orchestra.
Folks who went to the performance are still talking about the Cuban choir, Schola Cantorum Coralina. Their performance of international works raised the roof at House of Hope Church in St Paul on November 10th.
For this Thanksgiving Day afternoon are highlights for a Concordia Choir concert from March 2013. Rene Clausen leads his ensemble in this heartfelt performance in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Led by Jay Fishman, the orchestra, which always performs without charge, is heard in a October 27th concert that featured the Haydn 88th.
This week's Regional Spotlight is a performance from the Bridge Chamber Music Festival in Northfield of Mozart's String Quintet in D major.
From this past August, the MMEA Mixed Choir and some of the best voices in their high schools performed a program that was both colorful and inviting. This choir is all youth and sunshine!
With a touch both tender and elegant, pianist Simone Dinnerstein performed the evocative Scenes from Childhood by Robert Schumann earlier this month in a Chopin Society recital.