Alison Young Feature Archive

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)
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. (04/29/2010)
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. (04/25/2010)
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. (04/23/2010)
The Twin Cities Metropolitan Symphony celebrates Bill Holm with a piece for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. (04/22/2010)
From a concert in the dead of winter, the Dorian Quintet warms the atmosphere with music by the premiere quintet composer, Anton Reicha. (04/21/2010)
The Parker Quartet plays its final concert TONIGHT as MPR's first-ever Artists-in-Residence at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. (04/12/2010)
Saint Paul's premiere civic band performs in Beijing and Shanghai. (04/08/2010)
Yefim Bronfman gave a spectacular recital at the Ordway in February. You can download the concert for free or listen on-line right here. (04/08/2010)
A new DVD brings together some of the greatest musicians - and thinkers - to reflect on Bach and play his music. (03/30/2010)
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. (03/25/2010)
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. (03/19/2010)
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. (03/17/2010)
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. (03/15/2010)