Alison Young Feature Archive

Osmo Vanska is the subject of a new book. The pictures are a feast for the eyes, tracing the maestro's story from his early years playing clarinet to leading -- and building -- one of the finest orchestras in the world. (11/08/2009)
Choosing a piano teacher can be a bit like finding the right lawyer, plumber or hairdresser -- professional experience is important, as well as a good fit. North Dakota Piano Teacher of the Year, Sharon Westbrook, shares her thoughts on finding that best "fit." (11/04/2009)
Twenty-something Michael Israelievitch has just been named Principal Timpani of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. It was a grueling (but thorough!) audition and he feels ready to take on his new role. (11/02/2009)
If you were to list the 10 greatest things from all of humanity, on that list would probably be a piece or two by Beethoven. He was a god; he was a cranky and difficult man; he was an inveterate optimist. Who was the real Beethoven? A new film by Phil Grabsky aims to find out with the help of some of the greatest Beethoven artists. (10/17/2009)
Thomas Hampson is known as the Ambassador of American music. He began his 'Song of America' tour at Winona's Beethoven Festival in July of 2009. Listen to this captivating music with Thomas Hampson himself as host. (10/16/2009)
Baritone Thomas Hampson began his Song of America tour at Winona's Beethoven Festival in July of 2009. Listen to this captivating music with Thomas Hampson himself as host. (10/16/2009)
Thomas Hampson sang at the Beethoven Festival in Winona, Minnesota to begin his 'Song of America' tour. Hear Part Two in the series with Hampson as host. (10/16/2009)
The newest public classical radio station - New York City's WQXR began their new life with a live broadcast of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Carnegie Hall. (10/08/2009)
He had to practice in hide-outs during the war, but now Serbian guitarist Petar Jankovic enjoys a varied career of teaching and playing in the United States, including a performance of one of the most beloved guitar concertos this Sunday in Bemidji: Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez.' (10/08/2009)
It's the story of Faust in the hands of Stravinsky - a soldier trading his violin for wealth and power. Steven Epp plays all of the roles with violinist Stephanie Arado as the soldiers' "soul" in this unique theater performance. (10/07/2009)
2010 Gilmore Artist Award winner Kirill Gerstein's musical education included classical studies as well as jazz at the Berklee School, and his music is infused with both a Russian sensibility and a jazz spontaneity. (10/07/2009)
When the Oslo Chamber Choir tours Minnesota this weekend, they will have an action-packed four days with nary a break. Friday in Moorhead, Saturday in Minneapolis, Sunday in St. Cloud and Monday in Northfield. (09/23/2009)
Michael Kaiser is president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He's on an "Arts in Crisis" tour of all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Listen to his Q&A with Minnesota arts groups. (09/17/2009)
Earlier this year at the Twin Cities airport, representatives of the Schubert Club and the New York Philharmonic met for a brief moment to exchange a packet of letters written by Gustav Mahler to his handpicked concertmaster, when Mahler served as the Philharmonic's director in the early 1900s. (09/05/2009)
Hitler's unwitting gift to America: a gathering of Europe's great musicians in Southern California. (09/02/2009)