Julie Amacher Feature Archive

On his new album of concertos by Mendelssohn and Adams, violinist Chad Hoopes wanted to capture the youthful energy of the music by letting it flow from his instrument. (05/28/2014)
American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is nervous. On Friday, May 23, she'll give the commencement address to the graduates of the Juilliard School of Music. DiDonato spoke to Classical MPR's Julie Amacher about the task ahead. (05/22/2014)
According to members of the Chiara String Quartet, playing Brahms quartets entirely from memory creates performances with a new, authentic feel. (05/21/2014)
Franz Schubert's song cycle about a winter journey through loss and depression has just been recorded by Jonas Kaufmann, who calls it a unique masterpiece. PLUS: This week you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Kaufmann's CD. (05/14/2014)
Classical MPR's Julie Amacher spoke with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is currently starring in the Met Opera's production of Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' (Cinderella), which airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR. (05/09/2014)
Simone Gramaglia of Quartetto di Cremona describes his ensemble's work and research behind their new recording of Beethoven's string quartets, music Beethoven himself described as "music for people of the future." (05/07/2014)
Daniel Elder abandoned his physics studies for degrees in music, but he retains certain scientific elements in his Impressionist-inspired art, which is captured on the new album, 'The Heart's Reflection'. (04/30/2014)
Jason Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music for the past 18 years. Vieaux teaches and performs because he loves to play guitar. That passion is front and center in the title of Vieaux's newest solo recording, 'Play'. (04/23/2014)
The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music -- played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD. (04/16/2014)
Renee Fleming is used to a lot pressure. The stakes are pretty high every time she takes the stage. On her latest recording, she releases some of that pressure by sharing a few 'Guilty Pleasures'. (04/09/2014)
Avi Avital's new disc shows his instrument -- the mandolin --traveling between folk and classical, and between the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and South America. (03/26/2014)
A new disc from the ensemble Rebel features concerti by Telemann, a composer who blended international styles and found that folk musicians offered him enough themes to last a lifetime. (03/12/2014)
Jan Lisiecki is a Canadian-born pianist with Polish roots who will turn 19 years old on March 23. But when Lisiecki speaks about his new recording of Chopin Etudes, it's quite apparent he is wise beyond his years. (03/05/2014)
The red carpet rolls out for the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2, but for many what really makes a movie memorable is the music. Benjamin Wallfisch's music for 'Summer in February' is truly memorable. PLUS: Sign up for a chance to win a copy of the CD. (02/26/2014)
The Knight Arts Challenge seeks to fund projects that benefit people in South Florida through the arts. Classical South Florida's Julie Amacher spoke to the Knight Foundation's Dennis Scholl about the Knight Arts Challenge, what it does and how one can apply. (02/19/2014)