It has been seven years since violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Orli Shaham released their acclaimed CD "DvoÅ™Ã¡k for Two." Now their "sibling harmony" returns in a new album by this brother/sister duo, in music by Prokofiev. MPR's John Birge caught up with the siblings just before they set off on a seven-city tour which includes stops at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, Washington's Kennedy Center, and New York's Carnegie Hall.
John Birge chats with virtuosos Chang and Silverstein about first collaboration together with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
A remarkable era of music performance and education at Luther College will come to an end next year when Weston Noble, internationally acclaimed music educator and choral conductor, retires after a 56-year career at the college.
Amy and Sara became the first American Piano Duo to win the Absolute First Prize in the 14th Concorso Pianistico Internazionale, held in Rome, Italy in October, 2003. Amy and Sara are also the youngest First Prize winners in the history of the National Federation of Music Ellis Competition for Duo-Pianists. In addition to winning the First Prize, Amy and Sara were awarded the Lucile Parrish Ward Award for the best performance of American music.
WITNESS honors the spirit of Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989), a trailblazing woman whose legacy has inspired generations of African American women composers. Listen to the concert.
How he found out about the Grammy for "Casa Guidi"; what the Grammy award means to him.
Interview with Minnesota Opera Artistic Director Dale Johnson; Interview with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux
and tenor Bruce Ford
Joshua Bell speaks about what it means to be an artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Every Christmas season, VocalEssence and The American Composers Forum sponsor a competition for composers to write new carols. The winning entries are premiered in the annual Welcome Christmas! concert. Listen to the entire concert with host John Birge.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan pay tribute to the great English composer Henry Purcell. November 22 is the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, and the SPCO will perform Ode to St. Cecilia Purcell composed in celebration of that day. Minnesota Public Radio's John Birge spoke with Nicholas McGegan about Purcell's life (and two amazing theories about his death), the tradition of St. Cecilia, and how to mix bowl of traditional St. Cecilia's Day punch that Nic says "could kill a donkey!"
Like your Thanksgiving Day feast, Giving Thanks combines traditional fare with unexpected delights. For Thanksgiving 2003, we've invited some wonderful guests to the program, including Wendy Wasserstein, Donald Hall, and highlights from the Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town.
"I preach a theology of mess and failure and mistake and false starts," says Anne Lamott. MPR's John Birge talks to the author about the inauspicious characters of her novel Blue Shoe. She also reads from the book.
LIKE YOUR THANKSGIVING FEAST, Giving Thanks combines traditional fare with unexpected delights. For Thanksgiving 2002, we've invited some wonderful guests to the program, including John Updike, Anne Lamott, and Donald Hall.
LIKE YOUR THANKSGIVING FEAST, Giving Thanks combines traditional fare with unexpected delights. For Thanksgiving 2001, we've invited some wonderful guests to the program, including Patrick Stewart, Michael Feldman, W. S. Merwin, Katy Butler, Bill Holm, and Ellen Kushner.
It's the most famous aria in the world. Everybody knows it - but not everybody knows what it's about. So we called in the experts from the Minnesota Opera's production of The Barber of Seville. Listen to baritone Ryan Taylor and conductor Emmanuel Plasson as they join MPR's John Birge to deconstruct Figaro.