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

Tenor Chad Johnson and soprano Leah Partridge
Mill City Summer Opera creates opera under the stars at the historic mill ruins at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. This year's production is Donizetti's 'The Daughter of the Regiment.' Hear more about the production and listen to performances by soprano Leah Partridge and tenor Chad Johnson. (07/07/2015)
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With the Fourth of July coming up, it's a perfect time for lakeside dining! On Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly check out some spots for good food and optimal fireworks viewing. (07/03/2015)
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It's summertime and it's a great time to talk travel. This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton take a look at the headwaters of the Mississippi in Itasca State Park. (06/26/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton check out some great restaurants to visit in the summertime. (06/19/2015)
Skylark Opera's show, 'Putting it Together', combines 34 songs from Stephen Sondheim's songbook and transforms them with a new story about the joys and disappointments of love. Joining John Birge on Classical MPR, the production's talented cast give us a sneak preview of 'Putting it Together.' (06/12/2015)
Following up on last week's look at the best new burgers, this week's Moveable Feast focuses on the best new brews. Join John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton as the check out a few area beers. (06/12/2015)
It's burger time on Moveable Feast! This week, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton check out what's new in the world of burgers. (06/05/2015)
With the Guthrie opening of the Irish play 'Juno and the Paycock' (led by our soon departing Irish director Joe Dowling), John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton spend this week's Moveable Feast focusing on Irish fare. (05/29/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at the explosion of new breweries in the northern part of Minnesota. (05/22/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about restaurants in the area of CHS Field -- the brand new home of the St. Paul Saints. (05/15/2015)
Originally from Eagan, Minn., Laura Osnes has five Broadway shows on her résumé, and two Tony nominations for Best Actress. And, in just the past two weeks, she performed at Carnegie Hall and at Lyric Opera of Chicago. This week, she returned to the Twin Cities to mentor the next generation of performers. She stopped at Classical MPR to talk to John Birge. (05/14/2015)
The Guthrie Theater's production of <i>The Crucible</i> features Erik Heger in the role of John Proctor. When not acting, Erik turns to his other career: playing the harp! Erik Heger visited Classical MPR to play some of his harp CDs and to talk about his twin passions. (05/08/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at Cuban cuisine -- in anticipation of the Minnesota Orchestra's upcoming trip to Cuba. (05/08/2015)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton take a look at the one of the up and coming hot foodie neighborhoods -- South Nicollet Avenue. (05/01/2015)
It's a noodle-fest on this week's Moveable Feast, as John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton examine tasty ramen offerings around town. (04/24/2015)