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

Abbie Betinis with The Fairlanes
Composer Abbie Betinis continues a family tradition begun in 1922 by her great-grandfather by writing a new carol every year. For the 14th consecutive year, Betinis premieres this year's carol on Classical MPR. Her new carol is called 'Peace with Me Now'. (12/17/2014)
Chef/Owners of Travail
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss the "Restaurateurs of the Year" -- the chef/owners of Travail. (12/12/2014)
MNMO Best Restaurants 2014 - full size
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss three brand new restaurants which rose to the top of the pack this year. (12/05/2014)
Giving Thanks, the annual Thanksgiving special hosted by Classical MPR's John Birge, is a poets' corner of sorts this year, featuring work by Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou and Dylan Thomas, among others. "A lot of things came together that I wasn't even necessarily planning," Birge says. (11/25/2014)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss more sustainable, humane alternatives for purchasing a Thanksgiving turkey. (11/21/2014)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss three new and interesting restaurants on St. Paul's Payne Avenue. (11/14/2014)
It's time for the annual Best of the Twin Cities issue of Minnesota Monthly. John Birge and Rachel Hutton discuss some of the winners of the culinary division. (11/07/2014)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss fear and the foods we eat. (10/31/2014)
Philip Brunelle of VocalEssence and Dessa of the hip hop collective Doomtree join John Birge in the studio to talk about their collaboration and about the 'Made in Minnesota' concert on Sunday, Oct. 26. (10/24/2014)
Grilling season is coming to a close, so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton check out two places where you can get a good steak. (10/24/2014)
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)
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)
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)