She was a composer, a director, a pianist of the highest caliber, and a scholar of Bach. Fanny Hensel -- the older sister of Felix Mendelssohn - but who was she and why was she not able to enjoy the world of the celebrated musician? A new authoritative biography paints a portrait of a woman ahead of her time whose music is only just becoming more widely known.
Michael Barone hosts a series "Before Bach's Birthday" party of organ concerts Saturday, on some of the great instruments in Minneapolis. Listen now online to a recent snippet from a Pipedreams Live concert at Oberlin with one of the reigning Bach specialists, Balint Karosi.
We're celebrating Bach's birthday week today with his keyboard music, some of the most revolutionary stuff in its time. Listen online to Skip James and his Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra friends in Bach's Brandenburg No. 5.
We begin our all-week Bach 325th anniversary celebration with a recent performance by the sensational Bach interpreter, Simone Dinnerstein. Listen on-line to her French Suite No. 5 recorded at MPR.
Chopin turns 200 on Monday. Celebrate early with a performance of Chopin's second piano concerto from a recent performance with Christian Zacharias and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Two new commissions, two new Artistic Partners and gigs at the Walker and Carnegie Hall - and all at affordable prices.
One of the best choirs in the world performed at Ted Mann Friday, Feb. 26 and you can listen to a recent live concert online, including Anders Hillborg's "Mouyiyuom," a cosmic meditation of sounds.
One of the finest traverso - or Baroque Flute - specialists in the world comes to the Twin Cities for a masterclass and concert.
A young up-and-coming string quartet plays Saint Cloud this weekend.
It was written during one of the darkest times in history - the Second World War - and while Messiaen was in a prisoner-of-war camp, but it remains one of the most transformative pieces of all time - The Quartet for the End of Time.
The Nazis tried to silence them, but their music and stories live on. One Voice Mixed Chorus gives a concert of hope and resistance.
The Vienna Philharmonic plays Strauss, the Minnesota Orchestra plays Beethoven and it's an entire day of musical "firsts." Preview by listening on-line to a concert recording of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra playing Prokofiev's first - his "Classical" symphony.
For 28 years, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa has celebrated its rich tradition of singing with a festive concert. Don't miss this year's Christmas at Luther on Wednesday at 8:00 on Classical MPR..
If sheer number of performances means anything, Handel's oratorio "Messiah" may just be the greatest oratorio of them all. Hear Christmas selections from a recent performance by Boston's Handel and Haydn Society.
A cherished part of the Christmas season celebration for nearly 100 years, join us for the St. Olaf Christmas Festival - a spiritual journey in word and music. Listen to a repeat broadcast on Classical MPR on Sunday, December 20 at 6:00 or stream on-line.