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.
Back for its second year, Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn.
As Classical MPR marks back-to-school month and as the Minnesota Orchestra kicks off its season with special guest, soprano Renee Fleming, we've located this archival interview clip in which Fleming highlights the role of education in any singer's career.
Making their MPR booth debut at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 1, are the members of Saana Ensemble -- five Finnish women who now live in Minnesota and entertain audiences with the music of their native land.
The Copper Street Brass Quintet have performed numerous times at the MPR booth during previous State Fairs. But this year, they'll perform in Carousel Park in a concert that will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. Trombonist Alex Wolff shares his thoughts ahead of the big performance.
The Ericksons will perform on MPR Day -- Friday, Aug. 29 -- at the Minnesota State Fair in Carousel Park at 10 a.m., in a performance co-hosted by Barb Abney and Mike Pengra. Ahead of the show, Jenny Kapernick of The Ericksons shared her thoughts about the State Fair.
Singers from the Minnesota Opera will perform on the stage of the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28. Here's some background on the organization and the people who will be performing.
Strand of Oaks' frontman tells us about the Fender Telecaster he received as a gift -- and how he almost lost it in New York's Lower East Side.
This volunteer choir made up of MPR employees is led by Classical MPR's Mindy Ratner, who will also host the group when it performs on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about the group before its State Fair debut.
On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., treVeld will perform at the MPR booth; Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel hosts. Get to know this trio of musicians who blend classical and roots-music elements, and learn what State Fair food they can't resist.
Ahead of the performance at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Aug. 25, we asked Minnesota Boychoir Artistic Director Mark Johnson about the boys' favorite fair foods and exhibits. Johnson also shares a few of his own Fair favorites and his thoughts about performing at the Fair.
Celebrating their final season at Midway Stadium, the Saint Paul Saints will give away this vinyl album to the first 1,000 fans in attendance at Saturday's game. Get a preview of the album by streaming these tracks by local artists.