Alison Young Feature Archive

Are you doing something really cool and love classical music? Does classical help you work, or play and or make art? Are you interested in being a guest on Music with Minnesotans? We return with our most interesting listeners and their creative playlists in September and maybe one of them will be you! (06/22/2011)
We're bringing an amazing year with our Artists-in-Residence Cantus to a close, and what a year it's been. (06/20/2011)
In this week's edition Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lynn Martin joins Alison Young. He listens to classical music in the OR to help him get in the zone on long surgeries, but the playlist he'll bring in today he calls "Gifts from MPR," a selection of pieces that he heard on Classical MPR that just stopped him in his tracks. (06/13/2011)
Liz Thompson lives in Crookston and helps raise money for the arts in local schools. She listens to classical MPR in her car all the time and tells her grandchildren, "When you're in grandma's car, you listen to grandma's music!" (06/08/2011)
In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Sam Wai, the Treasurer for the American Crystal Sugar Company in Moorhead. He's on the Board of Trustees of MPR because he is passionate about classical music, ever since he was introduced to music in Hong Kong as a boy and bought his first record - now part of a huge and diverse collection. (06/01/2011)
In this week's edition, Alison Young speaks with Will Steger. He led the most significant polar expeditions in history and crossed by foot, kayak and dog-sled some of the most formidable places on earth. Classical music has inspired some of his greatest work and he shares his playlist with us. (05/25/2011)
Classical MPR Artists-in-Residence Cantus have taken over the broadcast booth over this year for a series of discussions and music listening. you can listen to the archive online. (05/19/2011)
In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Larry Zea, a cattleman from Blackduck. He was a Navy Sea Chanter and traveled the world singing. He also loves operas and a few of his cows have been named after some title roles! (05/18/2011)
How do you make a group of actors look like they've been playing string instruments all their lives? Bring in the consultants! Alison Young speaks with SPCO Principal Violist Sabina Thatcher about how she helped these actors look so natural on-stage. (05/16/2011)
In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Dancer/Choreographer/Artistic Director James Sewell. He has long used classical music as a source for the dances he creates, and you'll never hear these pieces the same when he describes how the vibrations move him! (05/12/2011)
In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with 'The Kayak Lady' - Mary Shideler. Her playlist reflects the serenity, the beauty and the sometimes rough conditions of the 1007 lakes she paddled. (04/27/2011)
It may be the greatest work in all of Western Music -- St. Matthew's Passion -- premiered Good Friday in 1727 and then entirely forgotten for 100 years until Mendelssohn revived it. Alison Young is your host this Good Friday at 10 a.m. of Bach's masterpiece. You can follow along with the original score online. (04/21/2011)
In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Minnesota House Minority Leader Paul Thissen. Work is tough at the capitol these days, so Thissen listens to Copland to soothe his frazzled nerves and Shostakovich to prepare for a tough day. (04/20/2011)
Bernard Herrmann was an Academy Award-winning American composer whose unforgettable collaborations include Psycho with Alfred Hitchcock, Citizen Kane with Orson Welles and Taxi Driver with Martin Scorsese. Minnesota Opera's new production of his only opera celebrates the centennial of the composer's birth and is the first major revival of this forgotten masterpiece since it was written in Minneapolis in 1951. (04/14/2011)
In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Steve Schon from Ely. He'll help you find just the right paddle, kayak or canoe before you head into the Boundary Waters, but he also has the playlist that will keep nature with you all year long. (04/11/2011)