Bruce Kramer is a former Dean at the University of Saint Thomas and is living with ALS. Music plays a vital role in enriching his life and he calls the stunning pieces we listen to together "music for healing."
Architect Sam Olbekson works for The Cunningham Group and is a champion of sustainable design. As a Native American, he focuses on culturally sensitive buildings. His playlist is deeply calming and soulful.
He is one of the original members of Cantus, his tall figure and chocolaty bass voice always a welcome treat, but after 17 years, Tim Takach is moving on to new horizons.
Dick Green has worked as an art director for numerous ad agencies and makes art and music though nowadays he spends time as a school bus driver listening to Classical MPR on his route.
Composer Kirsten Broberg has written for the Kronos Quartet, the Chicago Symphony and the SPCO. She just landed her dream job at the University of North Texas.
Kelly Carter and Tricia Morgan-Brist have started an "El Sistema" - the Venezuelan music education system that produced Gustavo Dudamel - right here in North Minneapolis. They bring inspiration and great music to share.
Jim Waldo is a part time musician but it takes up much of his life. A founding member of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and regular singer with Dale Warland, he'll share his deep, rich radio voice and also his deep love of music.
Hennepin County Judge Elizabeth Cutter was named a Minnesota Lawyer of the year in 2011 and became a District Court judge just this past January, but tells me her life can be told musically.
Grace Tangjerd Schmitt is the president of Guild Incorporated, a community based mental health organization. She brings a marvelous playlist, many pieces by composers who had their own struggles with mental disease.
A brand new disc of American music from The Singers.
The Rose Ensemble affectionately refers to them as "Mom and Dad." Pete and Carol Parshall met while singing nearly 50 years ago and have making been making beautiful music together ever since.
Soprano Laura Hynes presents a recital called "Raise Your Voice: Violence Against Women Through the Ages" that takes us through art songs that tell of hope and redemption
We continue with choral music playlists when I bring in a singer who proudly wears the label of "choral geek" singing both in the Minnesota Chorale and at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Bob Oganovic.
Gayle Ober is the former Executive Director for the Dale Warland Singers and also the former head of Classical MPR. As a soprano and long-time choir member, she has a wealth of knowledge and loads of enthusiasm for great choral singing
In April we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Choral Stream. Guests this month are all choral fanatics and we start with the Executive Director of VocalEssence, Mary Ann Pulk (also a stunning English horn player!)