• Stars gather in Twin Cities to make feature film
    The stars of "The Convincer," a feature film being shot around the Twin Cities, say they are enjoying working with a complicated script.March 5, 2010
  • Duluth indie rockers Low reach for 'Heaven' with dance
    Duluth indie band Low is trying something very new about a very old subject as band members are collaborating with Minneapolis choreographer Morgan Thorson on "Heaven," a dance exploring religious ritual.March 4, 2010
  • Life in Peter Bognanni's 'House of Tomorrow'
    St Paul writer Peter Bognanni combines geodesic domes and punk rock in his new novel. "The House of Tomorrow" is an off-kilter coming of age story set in small town Iowa. Bognanni, who teaches at Macalester College, says the book came about from a chance encounter.March 3, 2010
  • Mpls. musician 'Mad Ripple' talks with MPR's Chris Roberts
    As a music writer and songwriter, Jim Walsh always looks for the meaning of life in a three minute pop song.February 24, 2010
  • Prince gives exclusive song to the Current
    Musical superstar Prince has donated a song to 89.3 the Current that will debut on Friday at 7 a.m.February 23, 2010
  • New SPCO season brings new work, lower ticket prices
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced Monday it's bringing in lower ticket prices, new work, and new artistic partners as part of its 2010-2011 season.February 22, 2010
  • The Wailin' Jennys' folk harmonies
    Folk trio The Wailin' Jennys won the Canadian version of a Grammy award by wooing fans with their organic 3-part harmonies. They've performed on A Prairie Home Companion and with Roseanne Cash. The group's latest CD is The Wailin' Jennys Live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House (2009).Midmorning, February 19, 2010
  • Black Pearl Sings and touches on difficult issues
    A new play at Penumbra Theater in St. Paul explores the relationship between an academic collecting slave songs and a woman prisoner who claims to have the songs the researcher needs.February 17, 2010
  • Sweet Honey to rock Midmorning
    The venerable acapella group Sweet Honey in the Rock draws on musical influences from folk to classical to gospel to fuse its smooth sound. The sweet melodies wrap around lyrics on the struggle for human rights.Midmorning, February 15, 2010
  • Director says themes in Noel Coward's 'Brief Encounter' remain timeless
    It's been 70 years since Noel Coward's movie "Brief Encounter" became an international sensation, but the director of an acclaimed new theatrical adaptation says the story has lost none of its emotional punch. The production by the British Kneehigh Theater opens at the Guthrie in Minneapolis this weekend.February 10, 2010
  • Rosanne Cash's ode to 'The List'
    In 1973, Rosanne Cash's father Johnny Cash gave her a list of 100 songs every young musician should know. She puts her own spin on a handful of those songs in her latest album.Midmorning, February 9, 2010
  • The Current Music Blog: Posts by Peter Valelly (RSS Feed)
    RSS Feed of Peter Valelly's posts to The Current Music Blog.February 2, 2010
  • Minnesota Opera announces new season
    The Minnesota Opera's 2010-2011 season, announced today, includes a world premier adaptation of a novel and film about the rise of fascism in Italy in the 1930's.January 31, 2010
  • Friendship, love of music drives chamber group 'Accordo'
    Chamber music is sometimes defined as the music of friends, written for small clusters of musicians and played in intimate settings and a new Twin Cities-based chamber group called "Accordo," epitomizes that spirit of friendship.January 29, 2010
  • Grammy winners on Midmorning
    The 52nd annual Grammy Awards are on Sunday, with Beyonce, Lady, Gaga, and Taylor Swift among the nominees. Midmorning replays Grammy winners interviewed by Kerri Miller in 2009: Dave Pirner, Bela Fleck, and Roger McGuinn.Midmorning, January 29, 2010

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