Saint Paul native Andrew Staupe has played numerous times with the Minnesota Orchestra, at Carnegie and as well as in the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and he's still in school! Next year, he competes in a 13-month long kind of musical Olympics. He stopped by the MPR studios to play some music and talk about his Desert Island discs with Alison Young.
Mill City Summer Opera prepares to open its first season with the "verismo" and tragic opera Pagliacci. Artistic Director David Lefkowich promises this is the best one to see - and in the best venue - for a first-time opera goer.
They're one of the hot new groups in town and all about the 'new,' playing music of contemporary composers. Ensemble 61 mixes it up this Friday introducing each member in a solo spotlight at Studio Z.
William Roos is an income tax resource specialist and says he's jealous of our work at Classical MPR because Congress does not constantly change the rules about music.
David Benson is the Executive Director of Dulth's Damiano Center, a birder, a published writer and an Eastern Orthodox Christian. He's brought in an exquisite playlist.
Bonnie Marshall is the VP of Development for the American Composers Forum. Her sumptuous playlist is music by living, breathing composers who are successfully making music today.
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.