John Birge Feature Archive

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)
Sarah-Maud Sivertsen died Jan. 12 at age 100. Were it not for Sarah-Maud Sivertsen, there would be no Minnesota Public Radio. (03/05/2008)
This week the Minnesota Opera presents the American premiere of a work that's three centuries old. "The Fortunes of King Croesus" was an immensely popular work in early 18th century Hamburg, but the opera and its composer are mostly forgotten today. (03/04/2008)
Three locally-based singers are off to New York City this weekend for the next step in what has been described as the "American Idol" of the opera world. The three men talked with Minnesota Public Radio classical host John Birge. (02/15/2008)
A stripped-down, touring Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd" is in Minneapolis through this weekend. The show's two stars, David Hess and Judy Kaye, stopped by Minnesota Public Radio and talked with host John Birge about the challenges of starring in a dark, emotionally-draining production while also playing the trumpet and tuba. (02/07/2008)