Posted at 9:45 AM on August 23, 2011
by Euan Kerr
Filed under: Music
Sometimes there's a lot to be said for putting a box within a box within a box. Just ask the Muppets and OK Go.
if you don't get all the references, just enter OK Go in YouTube, and watch any Muppet Show. This video is from the new album "Muppets: The Green Album" where various artists cover songs from the Muppet archive.
A couple of weeks ago "Top Score" presenter Emily Reese presented MPR staff with a very compelling arguement on why many contemporary classical composers are now looking to video games as a source not only of income, but creative challenge.
Composing the the theme and incidental music for a major game allows a composer to explore and develop motifs while creating the atmosphere for an interactive experience. Reese led a lunchtime session for MPR staff to explore some of the new approaches being taken by composers and game creators, which gave many of us a new appreciation for the myriad creative aspects of the work.
This is the material Reese presents in every edition of the Top Score podcast.
To celebrate the upcoming second season of Top Score Reese has created a prize challenge for listeners to identify the composers behind seven musical selections. The winner gets a $60 giftcard to Gamestop.
You can find details here. Good luck!
(Image courtesy Poetry Foundation)
More details later, but Governor Mark Dayton just named Joyce Sutphen of Chaska Minnesota's new poet laureate. She is a Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus in St Peter. Published by Red Dragonfly Press, her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Minnesota Monthly, North Dakota Review, and many other journals, and she has been a guest on A Prairie Home Companion.(11 Comments)
The Managing Director of the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis is leaving to take over as CEO of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
Gabriella Calicchio has served at the CTC since 2007, working with Artistic Director Peter Brosius to restructure and streamline the theater in the face of the economic downturn.
In a release this afternoon CTC Board Chair Peter Carter celebrated Calicchio's tenure in Minneapolis.
"Gabriella's management skills and passion for the mission of CTC will be missed," he said. "Her drive brought us through a tough recession and today we have a stronger infrastructure, increased donations and tickets sales and a budget surplus. She leaves us stronger than when she came which is a testament to her effectiveness as a leader. We wish her well as she heads back to the warmer climes of California."
Calicchio moved from the West Coast to take the CTC job. She starts her new job in November. The CTC Board says it will begin a search for a replacement immediately.