Jay Gabler Feature Archive

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. (01/15/2014)
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. (12/31/2013)
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"? (12/24/2013)
"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." (12/23/2013)
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. (12/16/2013)
Friendships have helped to sustain and inspire composers for centuries. Who among repertoire composers were the best BFFs? Here are three pairs that might qualify. (12/13/2013)
As the world fondly remembers and pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, we're thinking about some of the music that the great South African leader loved. "Music is a great blessing," said Mandela. "It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream." (12/11/2013)
Jay Gabler shares his top albums and songs of 2013. (12/10/2013)
Of course, we don't know the actual personality types of most composers in the repertoire — but it's fun to speculate! Take a look at our chart and see what composer we imagine might line up with your personality type. (12/10/2013)
Of course, we don't know the actual personality types of most composers in the repertoire — but it's fun to speculate! Take a look at our chart and see what composer we imagine might line up with your personality type. (12/10/2013)
A recreation of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra's first-ever performance at Northrop Auditorium — climaxing with the 1812 Overture — will be performed by the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of returning conductor Osmo Vanska on May 2, 2014 at the newly renovated Northrop, the University of Minnesota announced on Thursday at a press conference focused on the campus landmark's coming rebirth. (11/22/2013)
As we mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, many classical music listeners are revisiting the haunting audio of Erich Leinsdorf announcing the news of the president's death to an audience at Symphony Hall in Boston. In the years since that terrible day, number of classical composers have written musical tributes to Kennedy. (11/22/2013)
Here are a few suggestions as to other local music venues that deserve to have their restrooms recognized. (11/19/2013)
As we acknowledge Veteran's Day and prepare to rebroadcast a moving St. Olaf performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (November 14, 8:00 p.m.), we're looking at the many ways composers were touched by the conflagration that was known as "the Great War" before being eclipsed just a few decades later by a conflict that was even more terrible. (11/11/2013)
The Minnesota Orchestra's first performance took place on November 5, 1903. Here are 11 things you might not know about the orchestra — one for each of the orchestra's 11 decades. (11/05/2013)