Alison Young Feature Archive

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)
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)