Linda Andrews studied dance with the greats of the 20th century - including Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham - and took that modern sensibility of groundedness, mixed up a little jazz and fearless physicality to create a whole new language of movement for her company Zenon Dance. She shares a few of her favorite classical music selections including one she'd take if stranded on a desert island.
You might have caught him on HBO as a murderous cellist on the series "OZ." More likely, you've heard his chart-topping recording of Bach. Superstar cellist Zuill Bailey co-hosted with Alison Young on Classical MPR. Listen online.
Saint Paul-based painter Stuart Loughridge uses classical music as inspiration when working, but also to solve artistic puzzles.
Former Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Artistic Partner Nicholas McGegan has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Dr. Victoria Elmer listens to classical music while doing surgery at Regions Hospital to stay calm, focused and soothed - but her connection with music goes far beyond her work, reaching her on a deeply visceral level.
King's Singers tenor Paul Phoenix started his career as a treble soloist with St. Paul's Cathedral in London. His flawless voice is featured in the award-winning music for the BBC's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." He's taken a few days out of his jam-packed King's schedule to speak to the students at the University of Minnesota's School of Music and stop by MPR.
Russian-born Twin Cities pianist Tatyana Dikareva created Russian Seasons a decade ago to celebrate the harvest time with the rich creativity of our cities. This year, she performs her own passionate piano compositions accompanied by original ballet at Park Square Theater in the 10th "Russian Seasons in Minnesota."
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen Hansen is a writer, lecturer, linguist, clarinetist and athlete. She brings a new take to music that moves us - both literally and figuratively.