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.
Almost all of Minnesota's wonderful choirs were in the spotlight last November when the Minnesota chapter of the ACDA held its 50th anniversary concerts. Three performances from that weekend are in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Have you ever heard a piece and thought to yourself, "It sounds as though it's always existed." You might get that impression when Adriana Zabala and Gregg Kallor perform a song recital of works composed in collaboration.
It's something of a spiritual credo in the eastern Orthodox tradition,"Where there is beauty let us enjoy it!" Marking this season of re-birth, Dale Warland revisits several of the recordings and concert performances made with his Dale Warland Singers. An invitation to quiet contemplation and to the nourishment of the spirit, Classical MPR's Steve Staruch hosts this one hour special program at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
There was only sweet sounding music when David Finckel and Wu Han performed the Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 this past January in a Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series concert.