Alison Young

Alison Young

Host, Classical Music
Minnesota Public Radio
ayoung@mpr.org


Alison Young hosts weekday mornings 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. She is also the host of APM's SymphonyCast and the annual Saint Olaf Christmas concerts broadcast nationally each December. Regionally, Alison hosts the live concert broadcasts of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Alison has been working in radio less than a decade. Previously, she enjoyed a successful career as a professional flutist before an illness cut her career short. She has performed as principal flutist with the Houston, Boston and Atlanta Symphonies, where she was hailed by the Atlanta Constitution and Journal as a "recitalist of great poise and technical security, dazzling precision and virtuosic flair." Young has recorded several CDs and continues (to her surprise) to be sought after as a master class clinician and private teacher. Prize-winning American composer David Diamond praised her recording of his Concerto for Flute and Orchestra as "some of the finest flute playing I have heard." Young attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and earned her bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern California and a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is an avid kayaker, backpacker, and rock climber and lives in Saint Paul with her husband Richard Rasch, Producer for APM's Pipedreams.

Alison Young Feature Archive

Burt Hara
Back in town to play concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with his former ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, clarinetist Burt Hara stops by Classical MPR to talk to Alison Young about life in L.A. and about his visit to the Twin Cities this weekend. (09/12/2014)
julie albers cello rev
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced this week the hiring of Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. Not long after arriving on a flight from Atlanta, Albers visits with Classical MPR's Alison Young. Get to know Albers and hear her thoughts about her new job. (09/12/2014)
cellist mark summer
How many ways can you play a cello? Alison Young talks to cellists Mark Summer and Anna Clift about this flexible instrument, as well as with vocalist Tierney Sutton, who collaborates with Summer and will perform with him at the Dakota on Thursday. (07/30/2014)
Sometimes, the lives of composers read like headlines ripped from the tabloids. Andrew Altenbach, artistic director of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, talks to Alison Young about C.P.E. Bach's "daddy issues" ahead of a Bach Ensemble concert on Thursday. (06/24/2014)
Men's vocal ensemble Six Appeal have a cheeky name, but they also have the goods to back it up. Two members of the group, Michael Brookens and Andrew Berkowitz, stopped in to talk to Alison Young before performing this Thursday at Harmony in the Park. (06/04/2014)
Tenors Gary Ruschman and David Walton as well as baritone Adam Reinwald, will depart Cantus to explore other endeavors after spending a collective 30 years with the singing ensemble. All three men joined Classical MPR's Alison Young for an interview on Friday, May 30. (05/30/2014)
Alison Young welcomes three Musical Offering musicians (and members of the reunited Minnesota Orchestra) to give a preview their upcoming Mother's Day concert. (05/07/2014)
Evan Shinners is a Bach star - he travels the world to play Bach in venues ranging from pool halls to Carnegie Hall. Tonight, he'll play at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Shinners stopped in to Classical MPR to talk with host Alison Young. (04/24/2014)
Children's author Lauren Stringer loves the explosive charge in the arts at the beginning of the 20th century. She captures one of those moments in her book, <em>When Stravinsky met Njinsky</em>. The book provides the framework for a special Friends and Family concert with the Minnesota Orchestra on Sunday, April 27. Stringer talks to Classical MPR's Alison Young. (04/23/2014)
Founded in 2009, Houston, Texas-based quintet WindSync have already gained a reputation for their energetic performances. Ahead of their concert with Schubert Club's Music in the Park Series, WindSync visited Classical MPR to peform some music and to talk with host Alison Young. (02/21/2014)
This Sunday, Feb. 23, the National Lutheran Choir will host City-Wide Hymn Festival: GATHER. Artistic director David Cherwiein and organist/cantor at Central Lutheran Mark Sedio join Alison Young to explain this event and to share some music. (02/19/2014)
Two members of Norway's Bergen Woodwind Quintet join Alison Young in the studio to talk about the ensemble's concert tonight at Ted Mann Concert Hall and about their approach to music for winds. (02/04/2014)
Alison Young may not have reached the summit of Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina, but a brush with high-altitude pulmonary edema gave her a lot more to reflect on as her mountain quest took an unexpected turn. Read her thoughts in this update as she recovers in Mendoza. (01/17/2014)
Principal Timpani of the Minnesota Orchestra Peter Kogan has used his time wisely during the orchestra lockout by firing up another talent of his - playing jazz drum set and composing his own charts. He has a date at the Dakota this Monday right after a weekend playing timpani in concerts with Eiji Oue and join Alison Young to talk crossing over. (12/12/2013)
The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the United States. But it took a number of years to become that. In fact, even Tchaikovsky considered it one of his least successful efforts. Join Alison Young December 24 at 11 a.m. for flying cooks, dancing snowflakes and the sugar plum fairy herself. (12/11/2013)