Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I'll be joining John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the fun and fascinating stories we're featuring on our site. Three stories we'll be talking about this morning:
• If you could have coffee with Frederic Chopin, what would you ask him? That's a question that tenth-grader Leora Eisenberg asked herself in an essay published on our website. "What am I supposed to say to the man who wrote my favorite music? Do I just come out and say it: 'How am I ever supposed to be able to play your Fantasie-Impromptu in C Sharp Minor? Or, maybe, 'Who do you think does the best rendition of your Waltz 64 op. 2? Kissin or Rubinstein?'" She ultimately decides that's a silly question: it's Kissin, obviously.
• Emily Michael, of Jacksonville, Florida, is a singer and music lover who is legally blind and works to teach self-advocacy and independent living skills to other people with blindness and visual impairments. She wrote about the experience of going to see an opera — specifically, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro — and bathing in the performers' characterizations as expressed through their voices, not their bodies.
• If you've attended an event at Minneapolis's Boom Island Brewing Company, you might have been surprised to hear a french horn call — as sounded by Kevin and Qiuxia Welch, the married couple who own the brewery and also both happen to be former professional french hornists. Gwen Hoberg talks with the Welches as well as with Joe Schlefke, a man who left a successful conducting career to teach English in Mexico. Wherever careers might lead, Gwen finds, if you're once a musician, you're always a musician.