John Birge Feature Archive

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)
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton are looking north to Duluth in anticipation of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's season opener this weekend. (09/27/2013)
Inspired by the opening of duck-hunting season in Minnesota, Rachel and John talk about where to find good duck around the state. (09/20/2013)
Adam Laurence Herskowitz, playing Calaf in the Minnesota Opera's production of <i>Turandot</i>, took the express from Newark to the Metropolitan Opera, with one quick stop &#151; to change his voice! (09/18/2013)
Inspired by the Guthrie's upcoming production of <i>Uncle Vanya</i>, Rachel Hutton and John Birge are thinking Russian this week. (09/13/2013)
This week, Rachel and John talk about what to eat in St. Paul, Minn., during the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's opening weekend. (09/06/2013)
This week, Rachel and John talk about what to eat at the Minnesota State Fair, focusing on healthier (but not less tasty!) options. (08/30/2013)
This week, Rachel and John talk about what to eat in Stillwater, Minn., during the Stillwater Music Festival. (08/23/2013)
This week, Rachel Hutton and John Birge talk about what to see and what to eat (or drink) in Alexandria, Minn., during the annual Alexandria Festival of the Lakes summer chamber music festival. (08/09/2013)
John Birge talks about how this weekend's festival in Northfield, Minn., gives today's music lovers a chance to hear instruments that haven't been heard in 150 years. (08/02/2013)