Alison Young Feature Archive

Frida Kahlo comes to life again in a stunning set of songs by the American Latina composer Gabriela Lena Frank written for Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber orchestra. (02/16/2011)
She draws realistic, but whimsical, pictures of nature and has been known to take her sketch pad to the symphony and capture the sound on paper. Illustrator Consie Powell shares her energized playlist today on Music with Minnesotans. (02/16/2011)
What does the natural world sound like as it wakes up? What is the sound of thousands of animals migrating on the African Savannah? Join Biologist and Co-Founder of the International Wolf Center Nancy Gibson as she shares her unique playlist. (02/09/2011)
MPR's 2011 Artists-in-Residence Cantus have been sharing the microphone with Alison Young each month, taking your questions and requests and sharing some of their favorite music. There's never enough time to answer all the questions on-air, so they've kindly agreed to do so online. Check it out, and send another if yours was missed for this Tuesday at noon's session. (02/04/2011)
National Book Award finalist and University of Minnesota creative writing professor Charles Baxter weaves classical music into many of his stories, including using a title of a piece by American composer Virgil Thomson for his own novel. He shares his playlist at noon on Wednesday. (02/02/2011)
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. (01/12/2011)
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. (01/03/2011)
One of the stars of Park Square Theatre's "2 Pianos 4 Hands" Michael Pearce Donley shares his favorite piano pieces with us. (12/29/2010)
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. (12/27/2010)
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. (12/22/2010)
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. (12/15/2010)
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. (12/13/2010)
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! (12/08/2010)
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. (12/01/2010)
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. (11/29/2010)