People tend to think of GRRRL PRTY as a party band--which is understandable, they acknowledge, given that they do have "PRTY" in their name--but there are dark dimensions beneath the group's bouncy beats. They don't have much music available to hear on your headphones, but this week they helped to bridge that gap with a fiery performance in the Current's studio.
Given a whole arena to play with, Arcade Fire gave their fans an experience quite unlike the typical Target Center show, and not just because of the ironic references to the venue's name.
Frankie Teardrop is the mystery man of local rock 'n' roll -- not least because the Minneapolis musician's biggest single is called "Chicago" -- and his interview with the Current's Dave Campbell didn't do much to lift the veil that hides a man who says he wasn't born from any mother, he just "crawled out of a sewer pipe."
Classical music is a living art, always changing and growing. We asked classical musicians and fans from across the country - including some from our staff - to tell us why they're excited about the future of classical music.
Classical MPR's music library has thousands of CDs, organized by label: rows of Deutsche Grammophon, shelves of Harmonia Mundi, piles of Philips. Among all this music there's only one disc filed under "ArtistShare" - but it's one very fine disc. It's Winter Morning Walks, the Grammy-winning result of a collaboration between composer Maria Schneider, soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
The XXII Olympic Winter Games will proceed with all the typical drama and pageantry. They'll also, however, be among the most politically charged Olympics in recent memory - and classical musicians, as part of the opening ceremony, will be right in the middle of the controversy.
The Daedalus Quartet is playing in St. Cloud this Saturday. The program is unusual: works by mid-twentieth century composers who were ostracized by, oppressed by, or even killed by the Nazi regime.
Prince has always been extremely protective of his copyrights, and the Minnesota megastar has just lobbed a lawsuit at 22 fans for "massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material."
After 15 long months, the lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians has ended. We asked some of our staff here at Classical Minnesota Public Radio to share their thoughts: What have we learned? What's the takeaway? Are there lessons for the future? What are the next steps?
It's been widely noted that the Minnesota Orchestra's 15-month lockout was the longest in American orchestral history — but by how wide a margin?
As news broke on January 14 that the 15-month lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians had ended, music lovers around the world took to Twitter to share their reactions. Here's a selection.
As we prepare to broadcast the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance of Handel's "Messiah" (December 31, 10:00 a.m.), we answer a few questions you might have about this perennially popular masterwork.
George Winston has described his best-known music as "rural folk piano." That always struck me as odd, since a Steinway grand is not a rural folk instrument; when pianos do crop up in rural folk settings, it's fairly rare that they're used to play spacious and urbane original compositions influenced by minimalism and jazz. So why "folk"?
"I've always worked Christmas," says Mindy. "I think I should! It's not my holiday, but I know it's so important to so many people." After 30 years, she says, "I hope a have a few more Christmases in me. I'm not ready to hang up my headphones quite yet."
While pop music stations roll out the "Rudolph" and cue up the Carey, the definition of "holiday music" in the classical world is a bit more complex.