Friday, March 21, is the birthday of J.S. Bach. Last Saturday, a number of musicians celebrated a progressive birthday party in a number of venues along St. Paul's Summit Avenue. Relive the experience in audio and pictures.
Members of the Boston-based vocal ensemble Tapestry join Classical MPR's Michael Barone for a fun and casual conversation ahead of their concert on Saturday, March 15, in St. Cloud, Minn.
For Michael Barone, one day is not enough to celebrate the birthday of J.S. Bach. It's why he began the tradition of Before Bach's Birthday Bash. Read about what's in store for this year's festivities.
Iain Quinn, Associate Professor of Organ at Florida State University in Tallahassee, recently completed a reconstruction of an early work by American composer Samuel Barber. It's a miniature holiday cantata titled "Christmas Eve".
Hear the combined power of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji State University Concert Choir and Bemidji Chorale performing Brahms' Requiem Op. 45 followed by music celebrating the Native American culture and tradition, including Russell Peterson's symphonic suite <i>Between Two Cultures</i>.
It is perhaps worth remembering that on July 28 back in 1750, one of the great musical minds of western culture closed his eyes for the last time.
Tune in on April 9 at 8 p.m. for an encore broadcast of the Westminster Choir performing in Collegeville as part of the 50th anniversary of the Saint John's Abbey and University Church.
Flanders is a lively center for recorder playing and building, so (not unexpectedly) this ensemble represented the best of the best. With charming music and an engaging personal delivery, three guys blew on their little wooden sticks and made for magical moments.
Daniil Trifonov's Twin Cities debut on Sunday for the Chopin Society proved him a compelling advocate for the grand romantic repertoire, and a virtuoso of the highest order.
Michael Barone and Samuel Kjellberg give us a look behind the Miro String Quartet's performance of George Crumb's experimental 1970 piece "Black Angels."
Bach's Birthday is Monday and we celebrate all day this Saturday with a cycle of free hour-long concerts at five Saint Paul churches.
Last year, Michael Barone was in Cambridge for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College Chapel. In the few hours before the show began, he talked with a number of people who had stood in line for hours during some particularly nasty weather.
As a young chorister called out of study-hall to turn pages for the organist at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Christopher Herrick was captivated by the power and variety of sound that an organist commands and decided on the spot that he wanted to become an organist himself. This world-travelling recitalist plays in Wayzata this Sunday.
Whether in the traditional repertoire, new music, orchestral transcriptions or her original compositions, organist Chelsea Chen conveys a joyful musicianship and infectious delight in the infinite possibilities of the King of Instruments. She's in town for a recital this Friday night at Bethel University.
The organ is not unknown in the jazz world, but few jazz organists use their feet to play the bass line. Barbara Dennerlein is one of a kind, in that she plays it all.