John Birge Feature Archive

The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra calls its first concert of the 2009-2010 season "New Beginnings." It's the first concert of a new season, featuring the "New World" Symphony and the debut of the orchestra's new conductor, Andrew Altenbach. (10/20/2009)
Courtney Lewis is getting ready for his first gigs in his new post as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He looks back and looks ahead in a conversation with John Birge. (10/15/2009)
As Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop is the first woman to lead a major American orchestra. She also spent twelve years with the Colorado Symphony, and six years as principal guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in England. (10/05/2009)
It's a memorial to love, light and angels. Dominick Argento's "Evensong" will have its Midwest premiere this weekend by VocalEssence. (09/23/2009)
The Rose Ensemble is an acclaimed vocal group based in the Twin Cities that is mostly known for its arrangements of early classical music. A new documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television goes behind the scenes to present the ensemble in a new light. (05/28/2009)
VocalEssence and other regional choral groups gather for a performance of a new piece by Dominick Argento and other works. (04/29/2009)
VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir perform the Berlioz Te Deum at the Cathedral of St. Paul. (04/07/2009)
Eric Whitacre is a phenomenon. He couldn't read music when he started college, but within a few years he was composing music that was performed and recorded by professional choirs around the world. (03/19/2009)
The New York-based Fireworks Ensemble performs music in the studio from their genre-breaking repertoire. (02/18/2009)
VocalEssence performs it's Inauguration Day concert at St. John's Smith Square in London live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. (02/17/2009)
Christmas Eve is a time for tradition, and we continue what has become a holiday tradition for Minnesota Public Radio by featuring a new Christmas carol written by composer Abbie Betinis. (12/24/2008)
"A haunted landscape" is how Osvaldo Golijov describes the Schubert songs he arranged for soprano Dawn Upshaw and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The composer and singer stopped by Minnesota Public Radio, listened to the original versions of the songs and explained how they made them their own. (04/25/2008)
The Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence will celebrate its 40th anniversary season in 2008-09 with a tour of England and a collaboration with six of Minnesota's most prestigious professional and community choirs. (04/20/2008)
Composer Ricky Ian Gordon is becoming a regular presence in the Twin Cities classical music and theater scene. He's back in town for a production of his music-theater-dance work, "Orpheus and Euridice." (04/17/2008)
Dawn Upshaw's soprano voice graces a wide range of music, from Elizabethan songs to French chansons to Broadway tunes to cutting-edge contemporary opera. Her taste in listening is similarly wide ranging. (04/04/2008)