The Schubert Club, Minnesota oldest arts organization, has a new Director. Barry Kempton's gracious accent reveals his English roots. But Kempton is no stranger to Minnesota. He spent eleven years as Artistic Planner and General Manager of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Now, after five years in England running the London Sinfonia, Kempton is back in Minnesota as the Schubert Club's Artistic and Executive Director.
Tenor James Valenti and mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu from the Minnesota Opera came to visit Classical MPR to sing a heart-melting duet, and talk about what makes Massenet's opera Werther so melodramatic, and why Charlotte's heart stays true to him, even after she must marry another man.
John Birge lists the works in his playlist for "healthy cooking."
The Reverend Bates Burt wrote those words for "Let Christmas Be Merry," a carol he composed for Christmas 1933. For the 2011 holiday, Burt's great-granddaughter, Abbie Burt Betinis, is still writing songs that express "the spirit that blesses" at Christmas.
Classical MPR will be airing La Traviata on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Enjoy this feature on soprano Elizabeth Futral and don't forget to tune in!
Pianist Jeffrey Biegel and VocalEssence play with matches
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?
Baritone Matthew Worth performs music from Minnesota Opera's "Cosi fan tutte" in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Music Studio.
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.
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!
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.
Jazz pianist Laura Caviani explores the works of Classical composer Alec Wilder
In 1998, VocalEssence teamed up with the American Composers Forum to hold a Christmas carol contest. It's been an annual tradition ever since.
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!
MPR's John Birge talks with Bradley Greenwald, Philip Brunelle and Vern Sutton about VocalEssence's production of "El Capitan."