Minnesota Sounds and Voices

  • 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
  • Cathedral of St. Paul's new, mighty pipe organ: Minnesota Sounds and Voices
    A pipe organ worth the name should cause dress hems and pant cuffs to flutter just a bit. And the refurbished instrument at the Cathedral of St. Paul ought to do just that when it goes into service on March 30.March 1, 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
  • Meet Mel Dickie, a 92-year-old substitute teacher and fishing rod master
    Rochester resident Mel Dickie, 92, has taught hundreds of kids how to make custom fishing rods in community education classes. And two years ago, at age 90, he became a substitute teacher.January 31, 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
  • Reading Corps guides immigrant children into mastery of English
    When charter school principal Bondo Nyembwe sees a classroom filled with the children of immigrants, he feels a professional and personal commitment to help them learn to speak English.January 14, 2013
  • Kaivama: Lighting dark winters with Finnish folk music
    A Minnesota-based duo called Kaivama is dedicated to preserving and expanding the Finnish folk music tradition. And as we speak, its two members are tuning up for their midwinter tour.January 2, 2013
  • Minnesota Sounds & Voices: Dean McFarlane, last in a line of stone carvers
    Dean McFarlane is a 10th-generation master stone carver. His great-grandfather started the Minneapolis-based family stone carving company in 1916. But the line ends with McFarlane: There are no family members waiting in the wings to become master stone carvers.December 27, 2012
  • 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
  • 'La Natividad' tells the nativity story as an immigrant's tale
    The Spanish-English production by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater blends the "no room at the inn" Bible story with current events.December 13, 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
  • Paul Severson finds his calling with Project Haiti: Minnesota Sounds and Voices
    When Minnesota surgeon Paul Severson first visited Haiti more than 20 years ago, the health care needs of that Caribbean nation went beyond anything he had ever seen. Severson founded Minnesota-based Project Haiti in response.November 21, 2012
  • Carnatic music master Nirmala Rajasekar passes on love for music
    Nirmala Rajasekar's childhood was filled with the Carnatic music of her native southern India. As a toddler she remembers being a performer in search of a microphone.November 14, 2012

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