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On the Air This Week

Posted at 5:59 PM on July 22, 2014 by Jennifer Allen (0 Comments)
Filed under: On the air

Highlights from July 22 to 29

Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter.
Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han play Debussy, from a 2013 Music in the Park recital.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Bach's the Best.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Music for Two Violinists and Orchestra, played by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

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Minnesota Varsity alumnus Evren Ozel is a finalist at the Cooper International Competition

Posted at 2:19 PM on July 22, 2014 by Jay Gabler (0 Comments)
Filed under: Education

We were pleased to learn that Evren Ozel, a participant in this year's Minnesota Varsity showcase, is a finalist in the concerto round of the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition, a competition for young musicians ages 13-18 at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.

The three top finalists will perform on Friday night with the Cleveland Orchestra. Evren's next performance is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT/6:00 p.m. CDT; you can watch Evren's performance, as well as others in the competition, streaming here. Congratulations and good luck to you, Evren!

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Click on Classical: Sopranos speak out, reports from the Range, and rock meets Bach

Posted at 8:30 AM on July 21, 2014 by Jay Gabler (0 Comments)
Filed under: Click on Classical

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Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about a few of the stories we've been featuring on our website. Here's what we'll be discussing today.

Our writer Gwen Hoberg was up at the Northern Lights Music Festival on the Mesabi Iron Range last week, and she filed a series of "Reports from the Range" sharing her experiences. In the series's final post, she took her horn to the top of a ski hill and, figuring that to be about as close to a mountaintop as Minnesota offered, tried to sound some famously majestic horn calls from the classical repertoire.

Some of the most widely-read posts ever published on our site are our "section's-eye view" essays: tongue-in-cheek appraisals of the choral experience from different sections in the risers. The four-part series concluded this week with "a soprano's-eye view of choral music," written by leading lady Sonja Tengblad.

Guns N'...Rosenkavalier? In a show coming to the Mill City Museum on July 21 and 23, baritone Andrew Wilkowske performs some of the greatest hits of recent decades in his "opera voice." You have to hear — and see — this to believe it.​

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On the Air This Week

Posted at 3:24 PM on July 15, 2014 by Jennifer Allen (0 Comments)
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Highlights from July 15 to 22


Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert, from a Chopin Society recital.
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mozart and Rachmaninoff.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From the Mailbag.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra plays Beethoven and Haydn.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Carnegie Hall.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter.
Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra.

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The 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale Top 5 Twitter Countdown

Posted at 1:16 PM on July 14, 2014 by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (0 Comments)
Filed under: Choral Music

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Photo Credit: Minnesota Beethoven Festival


The 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale had a great week in Winona, MN with the legendary Dale Warland. Here is a Twitter countdown of their experiences. 


#5 The Annual Hang at Culver's

#4 One of Dale Warland's Most Interesting & Quotable Instructions

#3 Stunning Photo While Rehearsing Dominick Argento's Seasons 

#2 Dale Warland Delivers his Top Praise of the Week

#1 Epic Photobomb by Composer Abbie Betinis
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Click on Classical: Holst and hops, funny music, and an eight-year-old piano star

Posted at 8:38 AM on July 14, 2014 by Jay Gabler (0 Comments)
Filed under: Click on Classical

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With John Birge at the Northern Lights Music Festival, I'm joining Alison Young this morning to talk about what's on the Web this week. Here are the stories we'll be discussing.

Bells Brewery has announced plans to release a series of beers inspired by the planets — but not just the planets, by Gustav Holst's Planets orchestral suite. That means there will be seven beers to correspond to the suite's seven movements, starting with a Mars double IPA and ending with a "mystical stout" for Neptune.

Can classical music be funny? Cinda Yager says yes, and shares a few pieces she considers LOL-worthy​ — including one surprising selection from Beethoven's oeuvre.

On Saturday, a Minneapolis boy attracted hundreds of people to his front-porch piano recitatl — with the help of a neighbor who saw eight-year-old Dylan Spoering's handmade sign and created a Facebook event to spread the word. We shared live video of the show, which you can watch here.

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Minneapolis boy's handmade front-yard piano concert ad goes viral

Posted at 9:53 AM on July 11, 2014 by Jay Gabler (9 Comments)
Filed under: Events

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Dylan Spoering, a young boy living in Uptown Minneapolis, is planning a piano concert tomorrow afternoon in his front yard — and a hand-made sign has earned him publicity he could never have dreamed of. Well, then again, he seems like the type of kid who dreams big.

Neighbor Thomas Rehbein noticed Dylan's sign in the front yard of the boy's home at 25th and Bryant, and was so charmed that he created a Facebook event to promote Dylan's concert. Rehbein later returned and found Dylan "out in front of the house promoting the concert to everyone within earshot. It will be on the front lawn. He and his whole family are pretty excited about you coming."

As I write, the Facebook event has over 700 invitees and nearly 60 confirmed attendees. The concert has been featured in l'etoile magazine's weekend event recommendations; among those who plan to attend are local musicians Gabriel Douglas (the 4onthefloor) and Cobey Rouse (Batteryboy). Local actress Anna Hickey also talked with Dylan, and reports that he's promising an ice cream social as well.

There's no word yet on what pieces Dylan will play, but the sign indicates that he'll be tickling the ivories from 2:30-3:20 p.m.

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Update 7/12, 12:30 p.m.: A day later, Dylan's fame has spread. There are almost 500 attendees confirmed on Facebook, and there are plans to live-stream the concert when it begins at 2:30. Watch the stream, provided by Travis Lee, here.

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Edvard and a Red Card

Posted at 5:00 PM on July 10, 2014 by Luke Taylor (0 Comments)
Filed under: Fun finds, Unexpected Classical

This week on Classical MPR, we've been celebrating the World Cup with Morning Glories picks that have connections to or are inspired by soccer. Now, we've found a video that is inspired by soccer and includes classical music.

First a bit of context: During the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, scrutiny has been placed on players who exaggerate the effects of physical contact — known as "diving" — in order to sway the referee's opinion.

Following the Netherlands' 2 - 1 defeat of Mexico in the round of 16, for example, Dutch forward Arjen Robben admitted diving and apologized for having done it in the game (although he said it was not the fall that led to the decisive penalty in that match).

With this topic in mind, the staff at Fourgrounds Media, Inc., a video production company located in St. Catharines, Ont., put together this amusing video that imagines what life would be like if we reacted to contact in our everyday interactions the same way some soccer players choose to react on the pitch. And for the music in the video, the producers chose "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt.

It's a fun video; note that if you can read lips, there's one lip-reading language advisory. Otherwise, enjoy the music and the laughs. (h/t Toni Karlsson)


What do you think of the use of Grieg in this video? Do you like it, or is there a different piece of music you would have chosen?

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Dale Warland & the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale

Posted at 12:30 AM on July 10, 2014 by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (0 Comments)
Filed under: Choral Music


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photo from www.dalewarland.com 

It's after midnight and I have to record the hardest piece of choral music I've ever attempted in just under ten hours. I'm sitting here, wide awake at my computer, absolutely wired, thinking about all of the mind-blowing musical experiences I have had the past few days and all the exciting things yet to come. I have studied this man and his legacy for years, but to actually get the opportunity to sing for him and absorb his magic has been humbling and inspiring.

It's a build-up to a weekend of choral music by Vincent Persichetti, Arvo Pärt and a work by Dominick Argento that Argento is calling his final composition, and it is dedicated to Dale Warland.

And because I'm in the choir, here's an Inside Information Alert: Maestro Warland was so pleased with how the choir was performing that he released us an hour early during Tuesday's final rehearsal. That has never ever happened. For an über-perfectionist like Dale Warland to be so pleased to allow his choir to go one hour early means he must be feeling pretty good about the concerts coming up this weekend in Winona. As I understand it, Sunday's concert is basically sold out and tickets for Saturday's concert are selling quickly.

One hour before each program, Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Brian Newhouse will host a pre-concert talk with Dale Warland.

Sneak Peek of the Program



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Photos by Jake Runestad
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On the Air This Week

Posted at 9:35 AM on July 9, 2014 by Jennifer Allen (0 Comments)
Filed under: On the air

Highlights from July 8 to 15


Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Kevin Ramach, General Director of the Minnesota Opera.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: music by Veracini, played by Jacques Ogg, Jaap ter Linden, and Wilbert Hazelzet.
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Rachmaninoff and Brahms.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: The Best Feet Forward.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic to play Beethoven.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

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