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

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Minnesota Opera's new 'Magic Flute' is not merely a new production; it's a brand-new way of putting opera on a stage. And Mozart's original music remains pristine. We heard some of it sung as cast members Jesse Blumberg and Tracey Engleman join Classical MPR's John Birge in the studio. (04/11/2014)
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With tax day approaching on April 15, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about good places to find cheap eats if you owe taxes, and good places to splurge if you're receiving a tax refund. (04/11/2014)
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Monday, April 7, is the Minnesota Twins' home opener. That's why on today's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about places to eat in and around Target Field. (04/04/2014)
The words "Brass Symposium" raise the pulse of many music lovers, so you'll find plenty of excitement at the Brass Symposium at the University of Minnesota School of Music this weekend. Professor of Trombone Tom Ashworth organized the event, and he stopped by to talk about it with Classical MPR's John Birge. (04/02/2014)
This time of year means March Madness basketball. And what better to pair with that than a good-tasting craft beer? John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss Minnesota's craft-beer industry on this week's Moveable Feast. (03/28/2014)
It may not look like it outside, but spring arrived yesterday. That got John Birge and 'Minnesota Monthly' editor Rachel Hutton talking about seasonal foods on this week's Moveable Feast. (03/21/2014)
Moveable Feast is about where to go and what to eat, so with Monday's Irish observance on the horizon, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places to go for St. Patrick's Day. (03/14/2014)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about some delectable finds that were discovered in the writing of Minnesota Monthly's 2014 Food and Wine issue. (03/07/2014)
Rudolph Valentino was a legend of the silver screen. James Valenti is the opera singer who brings Valentino's charisma to life onstage in the Minnesota Opera production of 'The Dream of Valentino'. He visits with Classical MPR's John Birge. (03/05/2014)
Arts, culture, learning ... it can all make you pretty hungry. That's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about great places to have a meal in area museums. (02/21/2014)
Moveable Feast is the weekly feature in which John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to go and what to eat in Minnesota. This week's topic is Valentine's Day dining options. (02/14/2014)
Now that Orchestra Hall is open and the Minnesota Orchestra is back, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to dine on Nicollet Avenue, aka 'Eat Street'. (02/07/2014)
Actor Sally Wingert and director Peter Rothstein create a compelling Cabaret, on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis until Sunday, Feb. 9. (01/31/2014)
For this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss places to refuel that are located near the course of the City of Lakes Loppet. (01/31/2014)
Is this a power couple which I see before me? Something wicked this way comes with Minnesota Opera's 'Macbeth', a work by Giuseppe Verdi that's based on William Shakespeare's play from 1606. (01/24/2014)