For Brad Barr, his 1950s Gibson J-45 not only sounds great, it's a priceless memento of and tribute to a late, beloved uncle. "He was a great teacher to me, and I'm ever grateful to him," Barr says.
On Nov. 11, as many nations mark the 100th anniversary of World War I and take time to remember those who died in that and other wars, Classical MPR brings you a first listen to a new piece by composer William Perry, based on a film about World War I.
While in the studio at The Current, Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez played a Fender Kingman, which actually has a connection to Elvis in the movies. Matt explains, and he also describes some of his other favorite guitars.
For most Classical MPR listeners, attending the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland represents quite a commitment. That's why we're bringing you highlights from the festival each Tuesday throughout the month of November.
When Sydney's Boy & Bear were in the studio for a live session, front man Dave Hosking took some time to talk about his vintage Gibson guitar. One of the things that drew him to the instrument was how "it sounded like all [his] favorite Neil Young records."
The Preatures' Jack Moffitt walked into a Sydney guitar shop on a whim and found an instrument he describes as "me in a guitar." Find out more about what Jack has to say about his Gibson 335.
Composer Stephen Paulus passed away Sunday at the age of 65. People from throughout the music world share their thoughts about Paulus. You are invited to share your own memories and reflections.
Professional cellist with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Philharmonic, and the best-selling author of 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat', Edward Kelsey Moore will write a series of exclusive essays for Classical MPR. Get to know a bit more about him.
After playing a set in The Current's studio, Field Report's Chris Porterfield and Tom Wincek took some time to talk about their guitars. Both describe interesting modifications they've made, including why Chris's guitar looks like an antique.
By strange coincidence, a guitar make that we hadn't covered before was mentioned by two different guitar players within one week: Anthony LaMarca of The War on Drugs and singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle both describe their acoustic guitars built by San Francisco-based The Loar.
Katie McCurry was last week's Music with Minnesotans guest. She received a suggestion from a listener to listen to Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 58, by Sergei Prokofiev. Here's what Katie had to say.
When you're 21 years old, as Mikaiah Lei of the Bots is, a guitar built in 1993 qualifies as 'vintage.' Mikaiah loves guitars; he's got a shedload of them, many of which are in for maintenance right now. But he shares their stories and also talks about his road-ready effects board.
Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Jonathan Laflamme, director of bands at Little Falls Community High School in Little Falls, Minn.
We've added a new twist to Music with Minnesotans: Each week, we'll ask you to suggest a piece of music to Steve Staruch's guest. Read how Grant Johnson, this season's first Music with Minnesotans guest, responds to a listener tip, then learn how you can get involved.
As back-to-school month continues at Classical MPR, violinist Nicola Benedetti shares her thoughts on the importance of music education for children. "Because it's good for them," she says.