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.
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.
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.
Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal make beautiful music together on the bluffs in Winona.
Inventor, scientist, author and classical music lover William Gurstelle shares with us the classical music that inspires him to create his fiery masterpieces.
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.
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.
After nearly 30 years with the company, Minnesota Opera President and CEO Kevin Smith plans to step down.
When it was premiered, it was called the "greatest piece in the genre since Brahms" but nowadays Bloch's Piano Quintet No. 1 is less often played. Five Minnesota Orchestra members give a performance filled with fire and brilliance.
The Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition winners stopped by the MPR studios to give us a sample of their playing and chat about their aspirations for careers in music.
Seven finalists competed for cash-prizes in the 2010 Saint Paul String Quartet and three winners - plus and audience choice - was selected. You can listen to all of the teen-aged groups on-line.
The Twin Cities Metropolitan Symphony celebrates Bill Holm with a piece for mezzo-soprano and orchestra.