James Flegel teaches at University of Minnesota Morris and at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. He's just released a new CD and stopped by to discuss with Alison Young and offer a few free downloads as well.
CEO of the Ordway Patricia Mitchell brings a luscious list of songs and arias and gave me the job of cutting down her desert island list to a manageable size!
Mark Russell Smith is the director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Minnesota Music School. From the moment he plans a concert, through giving insights to the audience from the podium to actually presenting the score, Mark brings an enthusiasm and commitment to a concert that makes the event unforgettable.
Retired Social Worker Richard Wintersteen served all over the world, and always had his trombone with him to play in community groups. Richard has great stories and a trombone-laden playlist!
Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala has a voice to die for and she can also play any part she's asked to on stage. This weekend, she takes on a new role in the University of Minnesota Opera Theater's production of "Parables" from the Grammy Award winning team of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein.
When Hypnotist Daniel Andersen was a teenager, a friend invited him to her house deep in the woods. When he arrived, he was welcomed by a piece being hammered away on the piano that just stopped him in his tracks. Ever since, he's been a classical music addict.
She's been called a one-woman orchestra, an avant-cellist and the music she creates is riveting, haunting and so compelling she's sold nearly 50,000 of her DIY discs. Her name is Zoe Keating. She plays tonight at the Cedar, but this morning stopped by the C-MPR studios to talk with Alison Young and listen to her amazing music.
John Osborne works at the Mayo Clinic by day and plays cello at night, sometimes hiding out from the janitors and security on segues to play with friends at the pianos throughout Mayo lobbies!
She plays a plucked instrument that's been played for 2,000 years in China - the pipa - and now Gao Hong joins the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to play her own music.
Screen and stage actor Allen Hamilton says he has no musical talent whatsoever. Where his talent lies is in his passion and enthusiasm for music and wanting to grab his friends and say "Sit down. You gotta hear this!"
What do a ronde de jambe, grand battement, or an arabesque have to do with music? For writer and creative strategist Susan Berkson it's how she discovered classical music and is forever moved by it.
Financial professional Jack Falker has created a themed session - the spirituality of music - and brings a playlist filled with life and energy - as well as surprise!
Retired engineer Ron Haglind is studying French these days in hopes of being able to communicate on his many trips to the Continent. That led to his discovery of "Le Mozart Noire" and a really fresh playlist for us.
If actor/singer Bradley Greenwald hadn't heard 'Hooked on the Classics' in Junior High, he may never have found his way to classical music at all!
Reid McLean is an Associate Director of Major Gifts at Macalester College and he's been chomping at the bit to share some pieces on-air that we just don't play nearly enough!