John Birge

John Birge

Host, Classical Music
Minnesota Public Radio
jbirge@mpr.org

John Birge has been hosting, producing and performing classical music for more than 25 years. Since 1997, he has been hosting on Minnesota Public Radio's Classical Music Service. He played French horn for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra and performed with them on their centennial tour of Europe in 1995. He was trained at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy.

John Birge Feature Archive

The Turtle Cake at Cafe Latte
John Birge and Rachel Hutton celebrate a year of their Movable Feast conversations with their picks for the best cakes in the Twin Cities. (07/18/2014)
helen anker my fair lady singing
Actress Helen Anker and Musical Director Andrew Cooke visit John Birge in studio to perform a couple of songs from 'My Fair Lady' and to talk about the new production at the Guthrie Theater. (07/17/2014)
Ecuador v France: Group E - 2014 FIFA World Cup Br
With Bastille Day swiftly approaching on July 14, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about area options for French cuisine. (07/11/2014)
Mill City Summer Opera started two years ago with a new idea: Grand opera, performed outdoors, in the industrial ruins at the Mill City Museum. This year, Mill City Summer Opera presents Puccini's 'Tosca', and some of the singers visited John Birge to sing and to talk about the performance. (07/10/2014)
The Fourth of July is when summer really kicks into high gear, with outdoor eating in full effect! John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss some ideas for making fun picnic fare. (07/04/2014)
Beautiful summer evenings are great times to seek out a tasty treat with a side of nostalgia; that's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about drive-in restaurants. (06/27/2014)
It may surprise some, but the Midwest actually offers a number of island getaways -- and restaurants. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about some of them on this week's Moveable Feast. (06/20/2014)
Father's Day is Sunday, so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about tasty foods to barbecue and fun ways to grill with Dad. (06/13/2014)
The Leonard Bernstein classic opens a new season of Skylark Opera in St. Paul this weekend. Members of Skylark Opera's 'Candide' cast visited Classical MPR to chat with John Birge and to sing a song of youthful enlightenment - and prenuptial disagreement. (06/11/2014)
With summer now in bloom, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about farmers markets in the listening region, and they also share a tip about a destination farmers market. (06/06/2014)
As college students leave their campuses with diplomas and empty stomachs, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where students can learn a valuable life skill: how to cook. (05/30/2014)
With Memorial Day weekend upon us and many people heading to their cabins, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at a couple places to eat in the Brainerd Lakes area. (05/23/2014)
With Amtrak now running out of Union Depot in St. Paul, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to eat if one were to take the train to Red Wing, Minn. (05/16/2014)
As the fishing season opens, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about where to find Minnesota's state fish without the use of a rod and reel. (05/09/2014)
The University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium celebrates its grand re-opening with a concert by the Minnesota Orchestra. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to eat before the music begins. (05/02/2014)