In this week's Regional Spotlight are three all-star performers, concertmaster and principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, Erin Keefe and Tony Ross with pianist, Ester Wang. Mozart's Piano Trio K.542 sings in their hands.
The chamber choir From Age to Age not only performs at a high level, but part of its mission is to raise awareness and funding for non-profits that make a difference in the lives of those for whom they advocate.
Directed by Samuel Kjellberg, the State Fair Singers, a young adult choir, performs Samuel Barber's Mary Hynes and Pseudo-Yoik by Finnish composer Jaako Mantyjarvi.
To honor their long time music director, John Ferguson, the alumni of the Cantorei Choir from St Olaf College gathered at their alma mater this past June for a choral service.
In this week's Regional Spotlight, Yulianna Avdeeva performs the Overture from the Partita in b minor by J.S. Bach from a Frederic Chopin Society recital this past May.
Members of Duluth Festival Opera company preview summer series.
Shostakovich was interested in numbers. Like Bach he conceived patterns that playfully told a story in and of themselves. There is an amazing example in the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 12. The 1968 piece was composer especially for the Beethoven String Quartet of Moscow. The Artaria Quartet performs the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 12 in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Works by 16th-century composers were on wonderful display this past June as one of the newest professional choral ensembles in the region performed a concert titled: The Birds of Paris. The Mirandola Ensemble is led by Scott Sandersfeld. The group's mission is to present choral music that "not only amuses, but also makes our lives better." You will be delighted as works by Thomkins, Weelkes, Janequin and a new piece by Scott Sandersfeld, all performed by the Mirandola Ensemble, are in this week's Regional Spotlight.
With guest conductor, Clinton Smith, the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra closed its season on May 12 with a spectacular concert titled: A Night at the Opera. One of the highlights of the performance was George Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1. That performance (with a bonus: the Flower Duet from Delibes' Lakme) is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
The NDSU Concert Choir (Fargo) returned home at the end of this past school year with first place honors for mixed choir in the 8th International Choir Competition in Zadar, Croatia. Led by Jo Ann Miller, the choir sings three pieces from their award winning program in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Flying Forms will perform a concert of works by Parisian based contemporary composer Nissim Schaul this Friday at the baroque Room in lower town St Paul. Flying Forms joined Steve Staruch in the the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio to preview some of Schaul's music and talk about why they love it.
As the music is soft and light-footed it is a perfect work for the season. From just last week at the Madeline Island Music Camp, the Arianna String Quartet, in residence at the University of Missouri, St Louis opened their recital program on June 15 with the Andante and Scherzo Op 81 by Felix Mendelssohn. Their performance in this week's Regional Spotlight sparkles like a fizzy lemonade.
Avdeeva performs two works by Maurice Ravel From her Minnesota debut in Chopin Society recital, given May 13.
As the summer festival season gets underway, here's a performance that garnered whoops and hollers from the audience. In the Regional Spotlight this week is an August 2011 performance from the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes. Members of the SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra collaborated on the fiery Brahms Piano Quartet Op. 25.
Following the Artaria String Quartet as they continue their series of performances of the entire cycle of quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich, this week's Regional Spotlight this week features the bright and powerful String Quartet No 6. The performance was recorded in the Art Gallery at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.