Music with Minnesotans®

  • Music with Minnesotans: Charles Baxter
    National Book Award finalist and University of Minnesota creative writing professor Charles Baxter weaves classical music into many of his stories, including using a title of a piece by American composer Virgil Thomson for his own novel. He shares his playlist at noon on Wednesday.February 2, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Matt Wehling
    Multiple gold-medal winner master bow maker Matt Wehling helps create the sound of some of the finest string players in the world, but he is a bit of a late-comer to classical music and listens with a super sensitive ear. Enjoy his playlist online.January 12, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Ann Bancroft
    Explorer Ann Bancroft has been to the North and South Poles a few times and tells me upon returning from an expedition, one of the first things she needs to do is listen to classical music!January 5, 2011
  • Music with Minnesotans: Michael Pearce Donley
    One of the stars of Park Square Theatre's "2 Pianos 4 Hands" Michael Pearce Donley shares his favorite piano pieces with us.December 29, 2010
  • Music with Minnesotans: Steve Heitzeg
    Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg loves all things of the natural world and especially the music of the earth, what he refers to as "chords of humanity, animal chants, passacaglias of plants and symphonies of sky." He shares an unusual collection of music he loves for this season.December 15, 2010
  • Music with Minnesotans: Philip Brunelle
    He's one of the great choral conductors and program innovators in our midst - Philip Brunelle. He shares his favorite pieces for the season - a couple that will make you feel misty-eyed and one he plays with Garrison Keillor guaranteed for a lot of laughs!December 8, 2010
  • Music with Minnesotans: Stephen Paulus
    He's written over 400 works in all genres from band to opera to organ solo - and many of his choral works have had their premieres right here in Minnesota - composer Stephen Paulus. The Christmas season just doesn't feel right without a Paulus carol getting numerous plays on Classical MPR. Today Stephen is the DJ - along with Alison Young - sharing some of the best carols he's written and some other favorites - including one sung by Sting.December 1, 2010
  • Music with Minnesotans: R.T. Rybak
    He's the Mayor of Minneapolis and already has done a gig with the Minnesota Orchestra. R.T. Rybak is this week's co-host with Alison Young for Music with Minnesotans and shares the classic hit that calms his frazzled nerves, tells us why Philip Glass' minimalist style can help get city hall work done, and he'll also give us a small sampling of the Steve Heitzeg piece he narrated.November 24, 2010
  • Music with Minnesotans: Lois Quam
    Lois Quam was named in 2006 by Fortune Magazine one of America's "50 Most Powerful Women. She's the founder and Chair of Tysvar a newly created Minnesota-based health care reform and green tech incubator and she has a penchant for Shostakovich symphonies. Listen to Lois Quam's playlist online.November 17, 2010
  • Music with Minnesotans: Linda Z. Andrews
    Linda Andrews studied dance with the greats of the 20th century - including Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham - and took that modern sensibility of groundedness, mixed up a little jazz and fearless physicality to create a whole new language of movement for her company Zenon Dance. She shares a few of her favorite classical music selections including one she'd take if stranded on a desert island.November 10, 2010


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