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!
Theater director/producer, writer and retired teacher Joan Potter recently traveled to Peru to hike to Machu Pichu and experienced an awe-inspiring sight when the clouds way below her started to rise up the mountains. The scene brought some of the most soulful music into her mind.
Guitar goddess Sharon Isbin plays one night only this Saturday with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. It's one of her signature pieces - Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez." Sharon stopped by to talk with Alison Young and play a few tracks from her latest disc too.
Erik Hare is a writer, political consultant and blogger. He sees us entering a 'new romantic era' where the internet has brought together a fresh medium for intimate story telling - and he tells great stories around his playlist!
Artistic Director Jane Ramseyer Miller of
One Voice Mixed Chorus stopped by the studio today to share music with Alison Young from the cantata "Brave Souls and Dreamers" by Richard Seeley and Robert Espindola, with music that celebrates the lives of visionary leaders like MLK, Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa.
Writer and comedienne extraodinaire Lorna Landvik kind of faked it to get through flute lessons when she was a kid, but it was all good since it led her naturally into a life as an improvisational actor. She really takes over the mic, even doing a perfect imitation of Alison Young's laconic radio voice!
The Bell Alma Duo has just released a gorgeous disc of music for dance. Flutist Michele Frisch stopped in to share some of her favorite tracks and talk with Alison Young.
Sam Hiti is an amazing cartoonist. His playlist is like a story-board that tells a musical narrative of winter.
This week for our Morning Glories segment, we're digging a little deeper into the P.I. Tchaikovsky repertoire. If you love the Nutcracker Suite, tune-in at 10 a.m. weekdays on Dec. 26-30 to hear these additional works you'll be sure to enjoy.