It was a surprise Monday when the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra announced that violinist Kyu-Young Kim, who in February announced he was leaving after winning a spot on the New York Philharmonic, is now staying to become the SPCO's senior director of artistic planning.
Steve Dietz tells a story about the first Northern Spark. It was three years ago, and as artistic director he was scheduled to say a few words to open the event. The problem was, he didn't know if anyone would be there to listen to what he said.
Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis discusses "The Kings of Summer" in this week's Cube Critics video. Curtis said the familiar story is goes from hackneyed to a gem in the hands of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
A highlight of this year's Northern Spark Festival will be the burning of a full-sized replica of a Marcel Breuer-designed house. St. Paul artist Chris Larson is mounting the project not only as homage, but also as passing the torch from modernism to architecture of the future.
A California rancher is presenting the Minneapolis Institute of Art with a Japanese art collection worth $25 million. The collection of almost 1,700 works spans a thousand years of Japanese history.
Arts reporter Euan Kerr says moviegoers might want to ignore "After Earth" and embrace "Stories We Tell."
MPR Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the new Will Smith sci-fi film and about a new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley.
Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will perform at a sold-out farewell concert in Minneapolis Friday featuring four players who are leaving Minnesota for other cities.
Canadian film maker Sarah Polley's family used to joke about how she didn't look like any of her older siblings. As she got older she learned the truth behind the joke, and this led to a documentary which not only examines her own situation, but how people tell deal with uncomfortable family realities.
In a bittersweet moment, Dawn Upshaw wraps up her tenure as an artistic partner at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. For the past six years, she and the orchestra musicians have enjoyed a close artistic collaboration.
As a grade-schooler, Benjamin Percy was so interested in werewolves he conducted a project on lycanthropy by trying to transform one night in his back yard. As the St. Olaf College writer-in-residence, Percy's obsession led him to write "Red Moon," a novel that channels researched themes of applied genetics, human rights, and terrorism to create a thrill ride of a story about family, conflict, and politics.
Stephanie Curtis and Euan kerr have a meeting of their film obsessed minds on "What Maisie Knew," and "Frances Ha" and "Hangover Part 3"
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra today released details of its 2013-2014 season, which includes six world premiers, a centennial celebration of the work of Benjamin Britten, a survey of Beethoven's "heroic" period and an abundance of Baroque work.
The directorial team behind the indie hit "Bee Season" and "The Deep End" return with an updated version of the Henry James satire on bad parenting. Scott McGehee and David Siegel co-direct a number of films. For the critically acclaimed adaptation they have not only succeeded in telling a very modern story, they may have unearthed a new child star.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra board today is expected to re-appoint Bruce Coppock as president and CEO. Coppock previously held the spot, but left five years ago due to health issues. Now back and in good health, Coppock is challenged with repairing the damage incurred by a bitter contract dispute.