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!)
It's music played on the instrument it was written for, silvery, scintillating, effortless playing by Immanuel Davis on an 1865 Louis Lot.
It's all Russian music when Saint Paul signature restaurant 'Moscow on the Hill' owners Marina and Evgeny Liberman come on air. Na Zdorovie!
He's the Executive Director of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and likens the inspiration we feel paddling on a misty lake at sunrise far from civilization with the wonder we feel hearing classical music. Paul Danicic has stories to share and a playlist filled with beauty.
Laura Eash is a member of Minnesota Green Corps and serves in the City of Saint Paul's Public Works Department. She loves classical music playing while she helps plan the next bike path and pedestrian trail.
Stuart Pimsler tells me that music is not used in his dance company so much to dance to as to provide an atmosphere. Certainly atmospheric music on his classical playlist.
Educational psychologist from the University of Minnesota, Bob Jorczak, likes to stump his friends on musical trivia, including this classical host!
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.
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.
He is the guy when it comes to wines. Sommelier Bill Summerville's "pairings" of music will satisfy the most discerning appetites.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.