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

Messiah
This Easter Sunday at noon, join Alison Young for the complete story from prophecy to resurrection in a stunning live concert with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and soloists conducted by a self-proclaimed Messiah junkie, Christopher Warren-Green. (04/05/2015)
Dark Horse Consort
Performing with little-known early instruments, specifically sackbuts and cornettos, Dark Horse Consort are a niche within the niche of early-music performers. They, along with the Rose Ensemble, join Alison Young in the studio for a performance and conversation. (02/26/2015)
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Ahead of a big concert on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Sundin Hall at Hamline University, the members of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet chat with Alison Young and perform some of the music that will be part of Sunday's event. "It's an exciting concert because of all the new music," says MGQ member Joe Hagedorn. "Exciting and scary!" (02/13/2015)
Ahead of Sunday's Mozartiade concert, the Musical Offering's pianist and co-artistic director Susan Billmeyer, violist Gareth Zehngut and clarinetist David Pharris join Alison Young in the Classical MPR studio for a pre-concert recital of Mozart's 'Kegelstatt' trio. (02/04/2015)
Cross-country skier, runner and mountain climber Alison Young describes what she's training for right now -- and the music that moves her as she trains. See her playlist picks, and share some of your own. (01/21/2015)
This weekend, One Voice Mixed Chorus - Minnesota's premier lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allies ensemble - celebrates those people who make LGBT rights a reality with a concert titled, 'Eat, Drink and Be Married!' Classical MPR's Alison Young spoke to OVMC's Jane Ramseyer Miller and Allan Warrior. (01/16/2015)
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. (12/08/2014)
For Sarah Stevens, who graduates in 2015, and for Martha Kunau, who graduated in the 1990s, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a tradition and experience that leaves a lasting impression -- whether or not one ever attended the college. (12/05/2014)
In the past few weeks, you may have heard a new voice on Music Through the Night: the lovely, lilting soprano of new Classical MPR host, Andrea Blain. This Minnesota-born host returns to the Twin Cities after more than 30 years in Northern Ireland. Andrea sat down with Alison Young to share some thoughts about music and more. (12/03/2014)
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra. (11/18/2014)
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 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)
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)