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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.