Jay Gabler Feature Archive

For our Member Appreciation Week, I asked our host Lynne Warfel to share the story of how she got her start in radio. (03/28/2015)
Jeff Von Driel, CEO for Naxos of America, has issued a statement in response to questions raised about a recent deal struck between his label and the streaming service Pandora. (03/27/2015)
A BBC reporter comes to Minnesota in search of Prince's storied vault of unreleased recordings. (03/26/2015)
Get to know our host Emily Reese, who talks about her journey from a childhood in Iowa and college in Colorado to a job where she gets to do what she loves: talk about music all day long. (03/26/2015)
When it comes to classical music inspired by sports, Debussy's famous "Jeux" is only the crack of the bat. (03/25/2015)
Despite the snow, the surest sign of spring has arrived: the brightly-blooming Macy's Flower Show in downtown Minneapolis. It's not just a sight to behold and a scent to whiff, though: it's suffused with classical music as well. (03/23/2015)
The semi-staged production now being presented by the Minnesota Orchestra under the confident baton of Sarah Hicks does the orchestra the service of lifting them out of the pit. The audience gets the treat of hearing and seeing the players at center stage, where the details of Rogers's brilliant score come to life. (03/20/2015)
According to at least one experienced critic, classical musicians may have even more at stake in the legal battle over a 2013 hit song than pop musicians do. (03/16/2015)
Just because you can make your strings sing, that doesn't mean you can't also be an all-star athlete. Here are some classical musicians who prove exactly that. (03/12/2015)
In the world premiere of Kevin Puts's new Cold War thriller, all that's missing is the popcorn. (03/08/2015)
Being skilled on the stave doesn't necessarily mean being clumsy on the pitch. (03/06/2015)
With the "Toccata and Fugue" animation, Walt Disney planted a stake. "We have worlds to conquer here," Disney explained in discussing this segment, a masterpiece of abstract animation unlike anything else in his oeuvre. "We've got more in this medium than making people laugh." (02/27/2015)
In the first of a monthly series of posts commemorating the anniversary of 'Fantasia,' we'll look at the bold conception and rocky launch of what many still consider Disney's greatest masterpiece. (01/30/2015)
String quartets - and other chamber groups - are often hired to play at weddings. There are plenty of selections from the classical repertoire appropriate to fill a ceremony, but many couples also like to include chamber arrangements of pop songs. (01/02/2015)
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker has always been one of my favorite pieces of classical music, and come December, I'm ready to listen to the best recording of the 1892 ballet. Wait...which recording is that? (12/12/2014)