Alison Young Feature Archive

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)
The Thomanerchor — or St. Thomas Choir — of Leipzig is one of the oldest ensembles in the world, founded in 1212. It is an extraordinary group of men and boys who sing for the services at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. The choir will perform in a live broadcast on Classical MPR at 8 p.m. (11/04/2013)
Three of Carl Maria von Weber's finest clarinet compositions make their way onto Alexander Fiterstein's new disc. Read more about his new album and enter our giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy! (10/05/2013)
For the past 10 years, you've heard his calming and oh-so-rational voice in the afternoons on MPR News, but have you heard Dr. Jon Hallberg tell of the time a piece of music on Classical MPR forced him to stop his car and simply sit and listen to the end? Dr. Hallberg is our guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (10/01/2013)
Mark Mandarano, Director of Instrumental Music at Macalester College, is bringing together a group of the finest string players in town for a concert at Mairs Concert Hall on Saturday. (09/25/2013)
He's called "The Makeover Guy" — a singer, a stylist and you guessed it, he gives this friendly Face-for-Radio a makeover. (09/24/2013)
LaWayne Leno is a computer consultant, part-time pianist and writer. He wrote a marvelous book about one of the superstar piano virtuosos of the 19th century and student of Liszt, Adele aus der Ohe. (09/17/2013)
Whether you know him from the Jungle Theater or <i>Fargo</i>, Bain Boelke is a force &#151; and he has a fabulous playlist. (09/10/2013)
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." (09/03/2013)
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. (06/05/2013)
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. (06/04/2013)
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. (05/29/2013)
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. (05/28/2013)