Multiple gold-medal winner master bow maker Matt Wehling helps create the sound of some of the finest string players in the world, but he is a bit of a late-comer to classical music and listens with a super sensitive ear. Enjoy his playlist online.
Gustav Mahler called it "probably the most personal composition I have created thus far" - Das Lied von der Erde - The Song of the Earth. This Saturday at 8:00 you'll have a front row seat for a spectacular setting arranged for smaller forces by Arnold Schoenberg when we broadcast live the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with their new artistic partner Edo de Waart and the thrilling up-and-coming mezzo, Sasha Cooke.
One of the stars of Park Square Theatre's "2 Pianos 4 Hands" Michael Pearce Donley shares his favorite piano pieces with us.
As 2010 comes to a close, we'll end the year on a note of triumph with a count-up week of Beethoven symphonies culminating in his Ninth on New Year's Day.
He led one of the finest choirs around - and set the bar in sound and blend that vocal ensembles everywhere try to reach: Dale Warland. He still conducts, consults, teaches and writes music and took a few moments out of his busy day to share a few of his favorites for the season, including a not-oft heard work by Arvo Part and a spectacularly atmospheric setting of "Lo, How a Rose" with a Swedish Choir.
Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg loves all things of the natural world and especially the music of the earth, what he refers to as "chords of humanity, animal chants, passacaglias of plants and symphonies of sky." He shares an unusual collection of music he loves for this season.
For nearly three decades, Luther College has celebrated its rich tradition of singing with a festive concert. Don't miss this year's Christmas at Luther this Thursday at 8:00 on Classical MPR.
He's one of the great choral conductors and program innovators in our midst - Philip Brunelle. He shares his favorite pieces for the season - a couple that will make you feel misty-eyed and one he plays with Garrison Keillor guaranteed for a lot of laughs!
He's written over 400 works in all genres from band to opera to organ solo - and many of his choral works have had their premieres right here in Minnesota - composer Stephen Paulus. The Christmas season just doesn't feel right without a Paulus carol getting numerous plays on Classical MPR. Today Stephen is the DJ - along with Alison Young - sharing some of the best carols he's written and some other favorites - including one sung by Sting.
A cherished part of the Christmas season celebration for nearly 100 years, join us for the St. Olaf Christmas Festival -- a spiritual concert experience in word and music. Listen this Thursday at 7:00 on Classical MPR or stream online now.
If you didn't make it to last night's show at Orchestra Hall, be sure to tune in tonight at 8:00 for a broadcast of "Gratitude, Gravy and Garrison", featuring Vocalessence, Garrison Keillor and guests Jearlyn Steele and Rich Dworksy. You can listen now online and also see some candid pictures from last night's show.
He's the Mayor of Minneapolis and already has done a gig with the Minnesota Orchestra. R.T. Rybak is this week's co-host with Alison Young for Music with Minnesotans and shares the classic hit that calms his frazzled nerves, tells us why Philip Glass' minimalist style can help get city hall work done, and he'll also give us a small sampling of the Steve Heitzeg piece he narrated.
Lois Quam was named in 2006 by Fortune Magazine one of America's "50 Most Powerful Women. She's the founder and Chair of Tysvar a newly created Minnesota-based health care reform and green tech incubator and she has a penchant for Shostakovich symphonies. Listen to Lois Quam's playlist online.
It was a best-selling satire in 1927 - the classic novel by Sinclair Lewis about a drinking, brawling, womanizing football player - who becomes a suave evangelical preacher. And now, an opera. 'Elmer Gantry' has its Minnesota premier this weekend by the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre. Composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein discuss the opera with Alison Young at noon today.
Business Magazine named him one of "40 Under 40" in 2009 for his accomplishments in arts management and now Allan Naplan will take the top job at the Minnesota Opera.