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  • SPCO musicians won't budge on 2-tier pay scale
    Representatives of the locked-out musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra say they continue to have objections to a compensation package proposed by management.January 27, 2013
  • World premiere of 'Doubt' opera in St. Paul this weekend
    After life as a Pulitzer Prize-winning play and then an Oscar-nominated film, "Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley will have its world premiere as an opera this weekend in St. Paul. Shanley, who wrote the libretto for the Minnesota Opera production, said it is the most complete telling of his story about a priest accused of impropriety.January 24, 2013
  • Local musician Steve Kramer dies
    Twin Cities musician Steve Kramer has died. Kramer's business partner, Bob Hest, confirmed he died in his sleep on Saturday night.January 20, 2013
  • Prince jams with his hometown fans
    His six-piece horn section marched out NOLA-style, cycling through a funky, complex melody, followed by a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and three back-up singers. Prince himself emerged on the dark stage soon after. Andrea Swensson, of The Local Current blog, talked about the show with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.January 18, 2013
  • Why there are only 100 copies of the new Bob Dylan record
    Bob Dylan has made some puzzling moves in his celebrated career, but the compilation that his record label recently released may be as odd as anything he's ever put out. The compilation, "50th Anniversary Collection," is a limited-edition, four-CD set that was only released in Europe.January 13, 2013
  • Shake it up! Vintage cocktails are ripe for revival
    It's the holiday season and for some people that means celebrating with friends, family and cocktails. But instead of settling for the standard martini or Manhattan, author and historian Lesley Blume suggests you reach for a taste of bygone cocktail culture.December 29, 2012
  • MnOrch, SPCO, musicians to talk next week
    Locked-out musicians and managements of both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have announced negotiation sessions for Jan. 2.December 27, 2012
  • As musician lockouts drag on, some wonder what resolution will look like
    With musician lockouts at the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra entering their fourth months, many observers are wondering how they will be resolved. Several theories are circulating about what some are calling the end game.December 26, 2012
  • This is what it sounds like when two women cover Prince
    In the 1980s, few musicians matched the brilliance and fame of Prince. The Purple One earned legions of young fans, including one girl in California named Maya Rudolph, who is now fulfilling a childhood fantasy. She's formed a Prince cover band called -- what else? -- Princess.December 22, 2012
  • Red House Records to mark 30th anniversary
    Minnesota-based Red House Records is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special concert next year.December 22, 2012
  • Holiday music for those weary of holiday music
    Tired of hearing the same songs over and over during the holidays? Looking for Christmas tunes that won't drive you crazy? Two music lovers will join us to share their favorite "deep cuts" from the holidays.The Daily Circuit, December 20, 2012
  • Minn. singer Nicholas David is third on 'The Voice'
    Eagan native Nicholas Mrozinski will be coming home after placing third on NBC's vocal competition show "The Voice." Mrozinski, known to the audience as Nicholas David, was one of the three finalists on the program.December 18, 2012
  • Minn. cultural center to celebrate solstice
    The New York Mills Cultural Center will celebrate the winter solstice with an evening of music, food and conversation.December 17, 2012
  • Minn. music matriarch celebrates retirement
    The matriarch of a Minnesota musical family is going out in style. Jeanne Arland Peterson will celebrate her retirement with a Peterson Family New Year's concert Dec. 29 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.December 16, 2012
  • Chicano rock pioneers Los Lobos marking 40 years
    They are seen as the progenitors of Chicano rock `n' roll, the first band that had the boldness, and some might even say the naivete, to fuse punk rock with Mexican folk tunes. It was a group called Los Lobos that had the unusual idea of putting an accordion, a saxophone and something called a bajo sexto alongside drums and Fender Stratocaster guitars and then blasting a ranchera-flavored folk tune or a Conjunto inspired melody.December 16, 2012

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