Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss the stories we're featuring on our website. Here's what we'll be talking about today.
Soprano Sharleen Joynt made a splash last season on ABC's The Bachelor, so opera fans were excited to see a tenor among the men competing for Andi Dorfman's heart on the new season of The Bachelorette. Unlike Joynt, Bradley Wisk didn't hesitate to sing...and that might have helped to sink his stint on the show after just a few episodes. I recapped the drama.
Northern Spark is an all-night arts festival that will take place this year in Minneapolis on the night of June 14 — and classical music will be part of the mix. Specifically, Satie's Vexations will be played for a stretch of nine hours by nine different pianists at Northrop Auditorium. Read about how artists in Berlin and Mumbai will be interacting with this event in real time — and note Michael Barone's comment about what might have been the most recent local performance of this epic piece.
Should you support music you hate? In a compelling essay, David Lindquist makes a case for why a little music that's not to your liking might turn out to be a very good thing for classical music as a whole.