Alison Young Feature Archive

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)
Potter Glynnis Lessing creates dreamy, organic and often humorous carvings on her pots and mugs. She uses both the physical and contemplative characteristics in classical music to inspire her work. (10/10/2012)
After an earthquake destroyed this Renaissance composer's entire library of some 200 pieces, one masterpiece managed to survive the rubble and it gets its North American premiere by the Rose Ensemble and Britain's Voces8 join this weekend. (10/04/2012)
Congresswoman Betty McCollum has music for the Grand Canyon -- and some other stories to share -- on our first in this season's edition of Music with Minnesotans. (09/26/2012)
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. (07/18/2012)
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. (07/12/2012)
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. (05/31/2012)
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. (05/30/2012)
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. (05/23/2012)
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. (05/09/2012)
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. (05/03/2012)
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! (05/02/2012)
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. (05/01/2012)
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! (04/25/2012)
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. (04/20/2012)