John Birge Feature Archive

We welcome Abbie Betinis back to Classical MPR for the world premiere of her annual Christmas Carol. For the first time, this year's carol was a collaboration. Michael Dennis Browne wrote the words above for "Carol of the Stranger," with Abbie's harmonies opening like the heart at Christmas. (12/22/2013)
Tchaikovsky's <i>Nutcracker</i> takes us to an imaginary land of coffee, tea and sweets. Any suggestions for those who are looking for the real thing? John Birge and <i>Minnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton investigate that question in this week's Moveable Feast. (12/20/2013)
'Tis the season for Handel's 'Messiah' -- music composed for a charity benefit concert. This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about how people around Minnesota can use food as a force for social good. (12/13/2013)
A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle. (12/10/2013)
This week, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about places to eat while out shopping -- and a place to go if you want to stay far away from shopping malls. (11/29/2013)
The host of <i>Giving Thanks</i> shares some thoughts on this year's Thanksgiving special and on the universal nature of gratitude. (11/27/2013)
Last week, John Birge and <i>MInnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton talked about where to go to get the food for your Thanksgiving table. This week, John and Rachel investigate where to go if you want to let someone <i>else</i> make Thanksgiving dinner. (11/22/2013)
This week on Moveable Feast, Rachel Hutton of <i>Minnesota Monthly</i> joins John Birge to talk about where to get good local eats for your Thanksgiving dinner. (11/15/2013)
Thirty years ago this week, Microsoft first presented Windows. How have computers/web/social media affected food culture since then? John Birge and <i>Minnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton explore that question. (11/08/2013)
Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner returns to Minnesota Opera this week for her debut as Arabella, the beautiful woman torn between her desire to marry for love and her family's need for her to marry for money. She and Minnesota Opera President Kevin Ramach came to Classical MPR to talk about the production and to sing an aria from it. (11/06/2013)
For our new weekly feature, "Moveable Feast," Rachel Hutton of <i>Minnesota Monthly</i> joins John Birge to talk about where to go and what to eat in destinations Classical MPR listeners may be interested in visiting. On the day after Halloween (with all its attendant sweets), John and Rachel discuss health food. (11/01/2013)
There is no orchestra in Orchestra Hall at the moment, but there are plenty of places in the south end of downtown Minneapolis to find a symphony of food and drink. John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about where in this week's Moveable Feast. (10/25/2013)
It's Education Minnesota weekend (still widely called "MEA"), so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places where foodies can take their kids for a meal. (10/18/2013)
The celebration of Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday continues this week on Moveable Feast, as John Birge and <i>Minnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton chat about a new Italian wine bar in Minneapolis. (10/11/2013)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton see what's on the menu in Rochester, Minn., as the Rochester Symphony Orchestra prepares to open its season on Saturday. (10/04/2013)