Alison Young Feature Archive

Music has long been a part of the armed services, but General Larry Shellito says he became a classical music fan while listening to a classical music radio show in Vietnam. He shares online two pieces he has always loved. (10/06/2010)
Harry Bicket is described as a "Baroque Specialist" - a title he says he doesn't mind, though it hardly describes the depth of his expertise which is far deeper than merely the 18th century. Bicket leads the SPCO this weekend in a fascinating coming-together of music from both Baroque and modern times. (10/05/2010)
She's called "The People's Diva" - Renee Fleming - with a liquid gold voice and impeccable artistry that has captivated audiences from the stage of the Met to a recent foray into pop covers. Ms. Fleming opens the Schubert Club International Artist Series Thursday at the Ordway. (10/01/2010)
"Never Stop Singing" - the public television documentary celebrating Minnesota's choral legacy - was honored with an Emmy Award at the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards gala last month. Their award was in the "Arts and Entertainment Program" category. (09/29/2010)
Violinist Gil Shaham solos with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra this weekend playing Mendelssohn and a lesser known work - though equally splendid - by Haydn. Tune in to Classical MPR on Saturday at 8 p.m. for the live broadcast hosted by Alison Young. (09/16/2010)
The Very Reverend Spenser Simrill is the Dean of St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis. He is especially attracted to Vaughan Williams and Puccini. You can listen to his playlist online. (09/04/2010)
Genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider returns for the 5th annual Stillwater Music Festival as well as a gig at the MPR booth at the State Fair. They'll also join Alison Young to co-host Regional Spotlight Thursday at 3:15 on Classical MPR. Listen on-line now to Dvorak, Gomidas and an original composition. (08/25/2010)
Karen Hansen is a writer, lecturer, linguist, clarinetist and athlete. She brings a new take to music that moves us - both literally and figuratively. (08/09/2010)
Guthrie Theater Artistic Director Joe Dowling co-hosts this Saturday sharing the classical music that has ties to plays he's directed as well as a few favorites that live on his iPod perpetually. You can listen to him share his favorite tunes online. (07/23/2010)
Keeping the city running must require at least a small amount of head-clearing and down-time and the Mayor shared with me that there are several pieces of music that put him in the right frame of mind. (07/16/2010)
Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal make beautiful music together on the bluffs in Winona. (07/15/2010)
Inventor, scientist, author and classical music lover William Gurstelle shares with us the classical music that inspires him to create his fiery masterpieces. (07/12/2010)
Live concert broadcasts, fascinating commentary by Mahler experts and Mahler's own copy of the score to his first symphony. It's all this week as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth. (07/04/2010)
Janet Horvath's groundbreaking book "Playing (Less) Hurt" is a bible for performing musicians. It has a new publisher in Hal Leonard, and includes new content. Horvath, along with Rehabilitation Specialist Jonathan Reynolds, answer your questions and concerns in an online chat on Thursday. (06/07/2010)
After nearly 30 years with the company, Minnesota Opera President and CEO Kevin Smith plans to step down. (05/12/2010)