Dulcimer virtuoso Karen Mueller tunes up for a classical excursion Karen Mueller is one of the country's top dulcimer and autoharp players, classically trained, steeped in Appalachian, Celtic and folk music. But this weekend, the Minneapolis musician tries something new: performing a rarely heard classical work with a chamber group.March 15, 2013
Yong Jiang tends the Minnesota bridge to China: Minnesota Sounds and Voices Minnesota is about 6,000 miles from China, but a 93-year-old Chinese scholar has made the state his home. In the process, he's become one of the University of Minnesota's oldest and most loyal alums and played a supporting role with a new wave of Chinese students flocking to the state.February 20, 2013
Photos: Lau Hawaiian Collective Minnesotans who want to hear an authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can enjoy the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective.
The five-member band from St. Paul, co-founded by vocalist Kim Sueoka and guitarist David Burk, has found receptive listeners thousands of miles from the islands. We caught up with them at a recent rehearsal.February 13, 2013
Band brings Hawaiian music to Minnesota The closest many people in the continental United States come to the Hawaiian Islands and their music is likely from poor interpretations offered by television shows or old movies. Minnesotans who want to hear a more authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can take heart in the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective. WeFebruary 13, 2013
Minnesota artist Charles Beck celebrates 90 with strong artistic vision Nature is often the subject of Minnesotan Charles Beck's art. Beck, a master woodcut artist, draws on the natural environment in prints that capture his modern views of the surrounding landscape -- with its wooded hills and lakes, and nearby flat farm fields of the Red River valley. Beck is being honored this weekend as he celebrates his 90th birthday.January 25, 2013
Jon Drew's 126-year-old letterpress: Minnesota Sounds and Voices There is an alternative to mass-produced holiday greeting cards: Those that are printed, one at a time, on a 126-year old letterpress. And this year, Jon Drew is making the cards as a labor of love, for the widow of the high school teacher who taught him the craft.December 18, 2012
Lutefisk and pickled herring: The Olsen Fish Company keeps tradition alive It seems as though nearly every ethnic group has an exotic fish specialty, and Scandinavian Americans claim two: lutefisk and pickled herring. On assembly lines at the Olsen Fish Company in Minneapolis they cater to both, packing thousands of pounds of preserved fish into jars and boxes every year.December 4, 2012