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

A Ralph Rapson home in University Grove
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)
bedlam theatre lowertown
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)
lemars iowa ice cream capital of the world
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)
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)
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)