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

Mainstreet in Hopkins
John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss eateries on the west side of the Twin Cities, in Hopkins and Saint Louis Park. (10/17/2014)
theater latte da master class cast
Actors Sally Wingert and Kira Lace Hawkins, along with director Peter Rothstein, visit with John Birge about Theater Latte Da's production of Terrence McNally's play, 'Master Class'. They also perform a scene and an aria from the show. (10/16/2014)
Oktoberfest 2014 - Day Two
On Saturday, Oct. 4, the city of New Ulm, Minn., hosts what is the biggest Oktoberfest in the state. That's what John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about this week. (10/03/2014)
John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss the Ishnala Supper Club, in the middle of breathtaking Mirror Lake State Park, near Wisconsin Dells. (09/26/2014)
This week and next mark the 50th anniversary of a number of baby-boomer TV icons, including Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, and Bewitched. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about the Boomer generation and their impact on the foodie universe. (09/19/2014)
Kelly Kaduce and Dale Johnson of the Minnesota Opera perform music from <em>Manon Lescaut</em>, which airs Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m., on Classical MPR. (09/17/2014)
Tomorrow is the 100th birthday anniversary of Ralph Rapson: famous MN architect, designer of the original Guthrie Theater, and master of Mid-century Modern. Rachel Hutton and John talk about the best places to eat around the University Grove neighborhood where Rapson and other architects built Modern homes. (09/12/2014)
The Concrete and Grass Festival returns to Lowertown in St. Paul this weekend, inspiring John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton to discuss a theater-cum-restaurant in the area. (09/05/2014)
With Labor Day weekend upon us, it may be time for a road trip. How about checking out the Ice Cream Capital of the World? You'll find it in LeMars, Iowa, as John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton describe. (08/29/2014)
It's State Fair time, which means it's time to try some new comestible inventions created just for the occasion. That's why John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about State Fair foods on this week's Moveable Feast. (08/22/2014)
With the Broadway season returning to the Hennepin Theatre District in Minneapolis, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to go for that pre-show meal. (08/15/2014)
The menu options in Minneapolis Parks have increased greatly in recent years, a fact not lost on John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton, who cover this topic on this week's Moveable Feast. (08/08/2014)
The Minnesota Fringe Festival opened yesterday with hundreds of performances. Where can one go for a quick bite or a refreshing drink? That's what John Birge and <i>Minnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton talk about this week. (08/01/2014)
The word 'sustainability' is heard often; John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss sustainability in the context of eating out. (07/25/2014)
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)