One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations, the St. Olaf College Christmas Festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and more than 500 members of St. Olaf College's five choirs and the Orchestra. An encore presentation airs at 7 p.m. December 23.
Visual designer and web developer David Simmer is a tri-athlete and in his last race he says he heard Elgar's Nimrod in his head. "Intensity isn't solely the domain of electric guitars and distortion pedals, for sure!"
More than 600 student-musicians at Luther College celebrate the joy and traditions of Christmas with absolutely breathtaking music, capturing the wonder, awe and excitement of the season. This year's theme is 'Journey to the Light,' and the concert is part of a year-long celebration of the 150th birthday of Luther College, a journey in its own right that has transformed so many.
Patricia Hampl is celebrated as one of the best in the genre of memoir or personal essay. She's teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota and is one of the founders of the Loft Literary Center. She calls herself "a failed piano major" finding herself in the English Department with Garrison Keillor by her sophomore year at the U. But the piano continues to be a character in many of her stories and poems.
Tuckaghrie Hollingsworth joins Alison Young. He takes some of the most sumptuous photos of landscapes at night lit only by ambient light. The work is colorful, intense and moody and is complimented by the classical music playlist he listens to while working.
Barbara Mraz joins Alison Young this week. She is a deacon at St. John the Evangelist in Saint Paul and a life-long movie fan. She brings faith, theology and movies together in a course she has created, so her playlist is filled with some of the best movie scores ever written.
Jazz Singer Christine Rosholt says that when she listens to jazz on her iPod, it's work. But when it's classical, she really escapes and just lets the music wash over her.
Ken Holmen - anesthesiologist and physician executive at Regions Hospital and HealthPartners - joins Alison Young. He calls himself a passionate music "appreciator" but he is also an avid amateur musician and has sung with the National Lutheran Choir for 20 years.
Scott Seal joins Alison Young for Music with Minnesotans. He drives the 21 bus and is a classical music addict, though he can't listen while driving. That's when he works out his comedy routines in his head - and we'll hear plenty of those!
This weekend, the Upper Midwest Flute Association invites Leone Buyse to teach and perform. She swung by the Classical-MPR studio to share stories and music with Alison Young.
Christine Wehling of the Ecole d'Equitation - or school of riding, education for horses joins Alison Young at noon. Her love of riding, and deep understanding of the beauty of movement and artistry all meld together in a gorgeous playlist of French masterpieces.
David Rodrick joins Alison Young this Wednesday at noon for Music with Minnesotans. He is the Senior Producer for the Travel Channel show "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" produced here in the Twin Cities. As a journalist, he's perfected the art of telling stories and he brings us on a journey through words and music, since - as he says - language is the instrument he knows how to play best.
Peter Rothstein is the Artistic Director of Theatre Latte Da. He's moonlighting as director in the minnesota Opera's opening production of Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte," so it's no wonder there's lots of songs on his playlist. Music with Minnesotans airs at noon on Wednesday.
Alison Young is joined by the President of St. John's University Father "Bob" Koopmann. He loves to listen to opera on his many drives to The Cities, and he tells me he needs to stay on cruise control or when the music gets dramatic, he might speed up to 90!
Brooklyn Rider is a String Quartet, but not like any quartet you've ever heard. They're innovative, enterprising, and wildly inventive.