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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Several members of the Minnesota Concert Opera visited Classical MPR's Alison Young in studio for performances and conversation.
How much about the flute do you know? Test your knowledge with this quiz written by Classical MPR's resident flutist, host Alison Young.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.