The story goes that Mozart composed the Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano while playing an outdoor form of bowling (think bocce). Mozart must have been winning that afternoon as the Kegelstatt Trio is good natured and full of joyful melodies.
Many superb teachers of yoga use music during their classes. While I certainly don't presume to be an instructor, I do offer a playlist that I believe is all about flow: the flow from one basic yoga posture into another, from a basic child's pose, to an initial sun salutation, and all the way to a delicious shavasana. Each of these pieces provides a friendly "now." I hope that you enjoy them.
There are those rare occasions when a performance makes you lose track of time; when the artist's personality melds with the essence of a piece of music. Those moments are magical. In this week's Regional Spotlight two artists, cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova, make that kind of magic in a performance from the Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series recital November 15, 2011. With the gorgeous Cello Sonata No. 2 by 20th century Russian composer Nikolay Myaskovsky, their beautiful performance slows down time itself.
All month long the Regional Spotlight at Classical MPR will include regional holiday performances and recordings.
The regional spotlight this week shines on the Bella Voce Young Women's Choir led by Shelly Winemiller.
A performance of one of Dvorak's final works by the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
A performance from members of the Bach Society of Minnesota.
Misha Dacic performs Liszt's Fantasie and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H from a Frederic Chopin Society recital.
Northfield based chamber choir performs Vivaldi and traditional music arranged by Ron Staheli.
What does it mean for a composer like Dvorak, steeped in 19th century romanticism to come face to face with the modern world?
Steve Staruch interviews Erik Sanborn, composer and choreographer of the Metropolitan Ballet's "Dracula"
The Minnesota Boychoir performs two pieces from a song cycle composed by Julia Singer and Tim Takach.
Jonathan Biss talks about leading the SPCO.
The Pacifica Quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor Opus 18, No. 4
A performance of "Immersion for Symphonic Band" by Alex Shapiro. Airs Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. on Classical MPR.