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

windsync
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)
cherwien sedio two
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)
bergen woodwind quintet
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)
It's that time of year again: Nutcrackers aplenty! Host Alison Young has a look at some of the Nutcracker shows on offer this holiday season. (12/06/2013)
Brian Messier tackles finding new audiences and broadening what a classical concert means with his new multi-media production at Ted Mann Concert Halll tonight. (11/26/2013)
The Thomanerchor — or St. Thomas Choir — of Leipzig is one of the oldest ensembles in the world, founded in 1212. It is an extraordinary group of men and boys who sing for the services at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. The choir will perform in a live broadcast on Classical MPR at 8 p.m. (11/04/2013)
Three of Carl Maria von Weber's finest clarinet compositions make their way onto Alexander Fiterstein's new disc. Read more about his new album and enter our giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy! (10/05/2013)
For the past 10 years, you've heard his calming and oh-so-rational voice in the afternoons on MPR News, but have you heard Dr. Jon Hallberg tell of the time a piece of music on Classical MPR forced him to stop his car and simply sit and listen to the end? Dr. Hallberg is our guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (10/01/2013)
Mark Mandarano, Director of Instrumental Music at Macalester College, is bringing together a group of the finest string players in town for a concert at Mairs Concert Hall on Saturday. (09/25/2013)
He's called "The Makeover Guy" — a singer, a stylist and you guessed it, he gives this friendly Face-for-Radio a makeover. (09/24/2013)
LaWayne Leno is a computer consultant, part-time pianist and writer. He wrote a marvelous book about one of the superstar piano virtuosos of the 19th century and student of Liszt, Adele aus der Ohe. (09/17/2013)
Whether you know him from the Jungle Theater or <i>Fargo</i>, Bain Boelke is a force &#151; and he has a fabulous playlist. (09/10/2013)