Alison Young Feature Archive

They're the newest group in town - the Minnesota Bach Ensemble - and artistic director Andrew Altenbach believes we can never have too many interpretations of this gorgeous, complex music and is set to show us why. (01/10/2013)
Dianne Brown works at the downtown post office in Saint Paul and knows all of us classical hosts by name. When we're sending packages, she can really talk the talk about classical because she listens enthusiastically and as often as she can. (01/09/2013)
He is the guy when it comes to wines. Sommelier Bill Summerville's "pairings" of music will satisfy the most discerning appetites. (01/02/2013)
Rob Zeaske is the CEO of Second Harvest Heartland which recognizes food as our most basic necessity. Rob's mission is to ensure Minnesotans are fed and his playlist reflects a feeding of the soul. (12/26/2012)
He acts, he sings, he writes scripts and he does a pitch-perfect Minnesota accent - the life-of-the-party everyone wants on her guest list, Triple Espresso's Dane Stauffer joins us with a playlist of gems. (12/12/2012)
We'll need to grab this multi-tasker in between dress rehearsals, last-minute fittings, set changes and a million details for this year's "Nutcracker," but Artistic Director of the Minnesota Ballet, Robert Gardner, has such beautiful, danceable music on his playlist, we made it work! (12/05/2012)
One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations, the festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians. (12/02/2012)
Actor Ryan Shipley absolutely loves going to work, it's just that much fun. Ryan's a classroom facilitator at Project Success, a youth development organization that helps students set and reach their goals. His playlist is filled with drama and energy. (11/28/2012)
Mary Lee has music in her life all day long. She is the Executive Director of Cantus. And before this gig, she was an award-winning producer of classical music programs including Saint Paul Sunday giving her the chance to rub shoulders with anyone who is anyone in the biz. (11/21/2012)
He developed a small local theatre company into a regional force - and classical music has played in the background of his life from an early age. Steven Lockwood has just stepped down as Executive Director of Park Square Theatre and shares a playlist with scenes, blocking and lots of emotion. (11/14/2012)
All day on Halloween, cartoonist and author Sam Hiti is illustrating the spookiest pieces of the Classical MPR playlist... it just took a small amount of prodding. As the playlist goes on, so grows the art collection. (10/31/2012)
Music educators -- specifically band instructors -- are putting out a call: there needs to be fresh new music for bands to play. Kevin Puts is among those who've answered, teaming up with the American Composers Forum's BandQuest. (10/26/2012)
Guitarist Billy McLaughlin shares his inspiring story of returning to the concert stage with a career-ending condition and he'll also share some equally inspirational music. (10/24/2012)
When Alexander Pushkin was a child, he would curl up in his grandmother's big knitting basket and listen to her tell stories and fairy tales. Park Square Theatre celebrates their annual Russian Seasons with story-telling, dance and music all inspired by the poetry of Russia's Shakespeare. (10/19/2012)
Nilsson is a name many of us know in the cities - the three sisters grew up in Anoka and learned to play violin from their father soon making the concert stage their careers. Kristina, Elsa and Jenny Lind have a brother, Eric, who also played - but he practices fewer scales these days and has replaced it by practicing law. But Eric has a great insider's view of listening to classical music. (10/17/2012)