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

Martin Frost
Conductor and clarinetist Martin Frost is now an artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. This dynamic musician is known for his sound and delicate phrasing, as well as for his courage to push the boundaries of classical music. Frost spoke to Alison Young by phone from his home in Sweden. (11/14/2014)
Peter Wiley
Peter Wiley makes gorgeous music. He's a cellist who has done it all in his career and he's in town to perform with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. He stopped in to speak with Alison Young. (11/07/2014)
edwin strout beethoven
Joining Alison Young in the Classical MPR studio are actors Edwin Strout and Karen Landry and pianist Irina Elkina from Park Square Theatre's production of '33 Variations'. (10/29/2014)
Several members of the Minnesota Concert Opera visited Classical MPR's Alison Young in studio for performances and conversation. (10/23/2014)
How much about the flute do you know? Test your knowledge with this quiz written by Classical MPR's resident flutist, host Alison Young. (10/08/2014)
Third Coast Percussion's mission is to explore the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire. David Skidmore of Third Coast Percussion spoke to Alison Young ahead of the group's performance as part of the SPCO's Liquid Music series. (10/06/2014)
On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Rose Ensemble will give a free concert in Minneapolis to preview yet another fascinating season filled with surprises. Alison Young got to speak to Rose Ensemble founder and artistic director Jordan Sramek who gives us insight into this unique musical group. (09/18/2014)
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)
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)
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)