Alison Young Feature Archive

Hitler's unwitting gift to America: a gathering of Europe's great musicians in Southern California. (09/02/2009)
Composer Stephen Paulus may have a young-looking mug, but Monday, August 24th, he turns 60. (08/19/2009)
Thomas Hampson has been called the "Ambassador of American Song." He chose the Bluff Country of Minnesota to begin his Song of America tour, singing a recital at the Beethoven Festival in Winona. Now you can hear the music with Hampson himself as host. (08/14/2009)
The organ is not unknown in the jazz world, but few jazz organists use their feet to play the bass line. Barbara Dennerlein is one of a kind, in that she plays it all. (08/12/2009)
He was against the Iraq war, but his own son enlisted in the Air Force. Baritone Stephen Swanson felt angry, frustrated and helpless, so he expressed himself the best way he could, in song. Celebrate Memorial Day by listening to several songs artfully sung as well as short commentary from the artist. (07/30/2009)
What makes a kid want to practice piano? For Andrew Staupe, it took some time to realize you can only win big competitions and have a career if you put in the effort. He has, and at age 24 already has a blossoming career. He'll perform this Friday with the Minnesota Orchestra. (07/29/2009)
Andrew Litton has served as the music director of Sommerfest for six seasons. He conducts from the keyboard an English rarity and an American classic. You can listen to the concert live this Friday on Classical MPR. (07/23/2009)
Andrew Litton is on the podium of the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest for his seventh season, beginning the series in its traditional vein with Johann Strauss. (07/15/2009)
Twenty-four pianists -- culled from a herd of pianists by playing the best on a "replicating piano" -- will converge in St. Paul for the fourth Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. (06/26/2009)
This week, archaeologists in southern Germany discovered the earliest known instrument -- a 35,000-year-old flute made out of a vulture bone. You can hear a modern silver flute -- played with the same techniques as that old bone flute -- with the Dorian Wind Quintet in concert last January in St. Paul. (06/24/2009)
The Minneapolis-based ensemble Cantus has been recognized with one of the highest honors for vocal music. (06/19/2009)
It's Father's Day this Sunday, and we thought we'd celebrate with selections by fathers and their musical progeny. (06/18/2009)
The White Pine Festival, coming up next Wednesday in several towns along the St. Croix River Valley, celebrates the convergence of music, painting and poetry. The Miro Quartet is performing a new work in collaboration with poet Matthea Harvey. (06/11/2009)
For 26 years, he's been associated with the "orchestra of voices," as singer, arranger, conductor, and the driving force in creating their signature sound. Now, Joseph Jennings will step down and let the next generation take over. (06/03/2009)
Minnesota Orchestra oboist Basil Reeve has been playing with the local Twin Cities chamber music group Musical Offering since the early 1970s. He'll end his tenure this weekend on a high note, by presenting the premiere of a work by James Bolle. (05/27/2009)