Music with Minnesotans®

  • Music with Minnesotans: Don Ladig
    Don Ladig is currently a garden designer and installer, but also plays wooden flutes and is a former modern dancer with a wide musical taste that includes Handel, Steve Reich and Dave Holland.October 19, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: David Rodrick
    David Rodrick joins Alison Young this Wednesday at noon for Music with Minnesotans. He is the Senior Producer for the Travel Channel show "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" produced here in the Twin Cities. As a journalist, he's perfected the art of telling stories and he brings us on a journey through words and music, since - as he says - language is the instrument he knows how to play best.October 12, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Peter Rothstein
    Peter Rothstein is the Artistic Director of Theatre Latte Da. He's moonlighting as director in the minnesota Opera's opening production of Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte," so it's no wonder there's lots of songs on his playlist. Music with Minnesotans airs at noon on Wednesday.September 21, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Father Bob Koopmann
    Alison Young is joined by the President of St. John's University Father "Bob" Koopmann. He loves to listen to opera on his many drives to The Cities, and he tells me he needs to stay on cruise control or when the music gets dramatic, he might speed up to 90!September 14, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Senator Dick Cohen
    Music with Minnesotans returns with our first guest Senator Dick Cohen. The Senator is not a musician himself but a huge advocate for the arts and one of the originators of the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. We'll listen to a fabulously deep piece of music by Shostakovich, his 11th symphony.September 7, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Dr. Lynn Martin
    In this week's edition Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lynn Martin joins Alison Young. He listens to classical music in the OR to help him get in the zone on long surgeries, but the playlist he'll bring in today he calls "Gifts from MPR," a selection of pieces that he heard on Classical MPR that just stopped him in his tracks.June 13, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Liz Thompson
    Liz Thompson lives in Crookston and helps raise money for the arts in local schools. She listens to classical MPR in her car all the time and tells her grandchildren, "When you're in grandma's car, you listen to grandma's music!"June 8, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Sam Wai
    In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Sam Wai, the Treasurer for the American Crystal Sugar Company in Moorhead. He's on the Board of Trustees of MPR because he is passionate about classical music, ever since he was introduced to music in Hong Kong as a boy and bought his first record - now part of a huge and diverse collection.June 1, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Will Steger
    In this week's edition, Alison Young speaks with Will Steger. He led the most significant polar expeditions in history and crossed by foot, kayak and dog-sled some of the most formidable places on earth. Classical music has inspired some of his greatest work and he shares his playlist with us.May 25, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Larry Zea
    In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Larry Zea, a cattleman from Blackduck. He was a Navy Sea Chanter and traveled the world singing. He also loves operas and a few of his cows have been named after some title roles!May 18, 2011


Music with Minnesotans is a weekly series that airs Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in which Steve Staruch brings in notable Minnesotans to talk about the classical music that moves them.

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