John Birge Feature Archive

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel and VocalEssence play with matches (10/07/2011)
Everyone agrees: college music education must change in order to prepare music students for an ever-changing environment. Music schools woke up to offering classes on the business of music decades ago; what's needed now? (10/04/2011)
Baritone Matthew Worth performs music from Minnesota Opera's "Cosi fan tutte" in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Music Studio. (09/23/2011)
Tune in this Wednesday at 8 p.m. as we broadcast the Minnesota Opera's 2010 production of "Orpheus and Eurydice." Also, hear John Birge's interview with performers David Daniels and Susanna Phillips. (09/20/2011)
Classical MPR's John Birge spent a beautiful morning chatting with Gary Gisselman, Anita Ruth, and two young singers from the Bloomington Civic Theater to talk about the theater's production of Oklahoma! (08/18/2011)
Andre Thomas is among the world's experts on the history and performance of spirituals. Thomas conducts an evening of his spiritual arrangements at the VocalEssence "Witness" concert at Orchestra Hall on Friday, March 4 at 8pm. (03/02/2011)
Jazz pianist Laura Caviani explores the works of Classical composer Alec Wilder (02/04/2011)
In 1998, VocalEssence teamed up with the American Composers Forum to hold a Christmas carol contest. It's been an annual tradition ever since. (12/09/2010)
Join John Birge for Giving Thanks: a Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude. The show will feature music and stories for Thanksgiving, as well as discussions with best-selling authors Nigella Lawson and Deepak Chopra. Listen to Classical MPR at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving day to hear it! (11/23/2010)
MPR's John Birge talks with Bradley Greenwald, Philip Brunelle and Vern Sutton about VocalEssence's production of "El Capitan." (10/06/2010)
John Birge decribes the 25th Annual Madeline Island Music Camp. (07/19/2010)
One year ago, violinist Jorja Fleezanis left the Minnesota Orchestra after 20 years as concertmaster, to begin her new job as Professor of Violin at Indiana University School of Music. (06/16/2010)
John Birge talks with Layton "Skip" James on leaving the SPCO. (06/11/2010)
John Birge talks with composer Stephen Paulus, UofM percussion instructor Fernando Meza, and VocalEssance's Philip Brunelle. (04/28/2010)
Conductor Roberto Abbado talks with MPR's John Birge (03/24/2010)