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

Chef Jason Hook
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss how some chefs find inspiration. (02/27/2015)
Grandview Theater
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss great dining options for pre- and post-movie viewing at area theaters. (02/20/2015)
Restaurant Alma
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss local high-end restaurants moving in more casual directions. (02/13/2015)
The King's Singers' Valentine's Day concert in Minneapolis this weekend is special for a couple of reasons: It's a program that's never been performed before, and it's created as a tribute to two special people, arts patrons Jerry and Cathie Fischer. John Birge speaks to two members of The King's Singers ahead of the concert. (02/11/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about what to do, see, and eat in the northern Minnesota town of Ely. (01/30/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at places to visit in the summertime. (01/23/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss the hottest restaurant to open in 2014 -- Spoon and Stable. (01/16/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton examine the most anticipated restaurant openings coming up in 2015. (01/09/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss food trends -- what's in and what's out for 2015. (01/02/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss the most notable restaurant openings and closings of 2014. (12/26/2014)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton offer last minute ideas on what to buy for the people in your life who love food. (12/19/2014)
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)
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)
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)