Alison Young Feature Archive

How many ways can you play a cello? Alison Young talks to cellists Mark Summer and Anna Clift about this flexible instrument, as well as with vocalist Tierney Sutton, who collaborates with Summer and will perform with him at the Dakota on Thursday. (07/30/2014)
Sometimes, the lives of composers read like headlines ripped from the tabloids. Andrew Altenbach, artistic director of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, talks to Alison Young about C.P.E. Bach's "daddy issues" ahead of a Bach Ensemble concert on Thursday. (06/24/2014)
Men's vocal ensemble Six Appeal have a cheeky name, but they also have the goods to back it up. Two members of the group, Michael Brookens and Andrew Berkowitz, stopped in to talk to Alison Young before performing this Thursday at Harmony in the Park. (06/04/2014)
Tenors Gary Ruschman and David Walton as well as baritone Adam Reinwald, will depart Cantus to explore other endeavors after spending a collective 30 years with the singing ensemble. All three men joined Classical MPR's Alison Young for an interview on Friday, May 30. (05/30/2014)
Alison Young welcomes three Musical Offering musicians (and members of the reunited Minnesota Orchestra) to give a preview their upcoming Mother's Day concert. (05/07/2014)
Evan Shinners is a Bach star - he travels the world to play Bach in venues ranging from pool halls to Carnegie Hall. Tonight, he'll play at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Shinners stopped in to Classical MPR to talk with host Alison Young. (04/24/2014)
Children's author Lauren Stringer loves the explosive charge in the arts at the beginning of the 20th century. She captures one of those moments in her book, <em>When Stravinsky met Njinsky</em>. The book provides the framework for a special Friends and Family concert with the Minnesota Orchestra on Sunday, April 27. Stringer talks to Classical MPR's Alison Young. (04/23/2014)
Founded in 2009, Houston, Texas-based quintet WindSync have already gained a reputation for their energetic performances. Ahead of their concert with Schubert Club's Music in the Park Series, WindSync visited Classical MPR to peform some music and to talk with host Alison Young. (02/21/2014)
This Sunday, Feb. 23, the National Lutheran Choir will host City-Wide Hymn Festival: GATHER. Artistic director David Cherwiein and organist/cantor at Central Lutheran Mark Sedio join Alison Young to explain this event and to share some music. (02/19/2014)
Two members of Norway's Bergen Woodwind Quintet join Alison Young in the studio to talk about the ensemble's concert tonight at Ted Mann Concert Hall and about their approach to music for winds. (02/04/2014)
Alison Young may not have reached the summit of Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina, but a brush with high-altitude pulmonary edema gave her a lot more to reflect on as her mountain quest took an unexpected turn. Read her thoughts in this update as she recovers in Mendoza. (01/17/2014)
Principal Timpani of the Minnesota Orchestra Peter Kogan has used his time wisely during the orchestra lockout by firing up another talent of his - playing jazz drum set and composing his own charts. He has a date at the Dakota this Monday right after a weekend playing timpani in concerts with Eiji Oue and join Alison Young to talk crossing over. (12/12/2013)
The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the United States. But it took a number of years to become that. In fact, even Tchaikovsky considered it one of his least successful efforts. Join Alison Young December 24 at 11 a.m. for flying cooks, dancing snowflakes and the sugar plum fairy herself. (12/11/2013)
It's that time of year again: Nutcrackers aplenty! Host Alison Young has a look at some of the Nutcracker shows on offer this holiday season. (12/06/2013)
Brian Messier tackles finding new audiences and broadening what a classical concert means with his new multi-media production at Ted Mann Concert Halll tonight. (11/26/2013)