Music with Minnesotans: Dr. Lynn Martin

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
June 13, 2011

St. Paul, Minn. — Dr. Lynn Martin challenges his nurses with questions about music. Saint-Saens 'Carnival of the Animals' will be playing in the OR helping the team get in the zone and he might say "I need the scalpel - oh, and which animal is Saint-Saens presenting here?"

Lynn grew up in rural Wisconsin and has always loved classical music. He even took three grueling years of piano after medical school to see if maybe he were an undiscovered prodigy.

The answer, sadly, was no.

But he is a successful plastic surgeon who has music with him just about everywhere he goes whether it's at work, at home, in the car or in his head as he trains for yet another Birkebeiner or participates in hard-core bicycling camp.

Lynn played trombone all through middle school and when he went off to college, he expanded his interest by taking music appreciation and attending as many classical concerts as he could at the Union Theatre in Madison.

This led to the purchase of lots of recordings and then a romance with a professional classical flutist - Sharon - who is now his wife.

He stopped by the MPR studios after they both attended one of many Minnesota Orchestra coffee concerts. He shares a playlist that reflects the many years of listening to Classical MPR and coming upon surprises that just stopped him in his tracks with a truly "wow" moment - he calls the list "Gifts from MPR."


Lynn Martin's playlist:

Johannes Brahms, Intermezzo in A - Helene Grimaud

Samuel Barber, School for Scandal Overture - Baltimore/Zinman

Aaron Copland, Rodeo: Saturday Night Waltz - Detroit /Dorati

Sergei Prokofiev, Cinderella: Waltz - Royal Scottish/Jarvi

Bela Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances - Hunagarian State/Fischer


Check out more from Music with Minnesotans:

Linda Z. Andrews, Ann Bancroft, Charles Baxter, Philip Brunelle, Mayor Chris Coleman, Michael Pearce Donley, Joe Dowling, Dr. Victoria Elmer, Gwen Freed, Nancy Gibson, William Gurstelle, Karen Hansen, Steve Heitzeg, Stuart Loughridge, Allan Naplan, Stephen Paulus, Chris Polydoroff, Consie Powell, Lois Quam, Mayor RT Rybak, Nick Schneider, Steve Schon, James Sewell, Mary Shideler 'The Kayak Lady', Ann Swenson, The Reverend Spenser Simrell, Will Steger, Ann Swenson, Paul Thissen, Liz Thompson, Dale Warland, Sam Wai, Matt Wehling and Larry Zea.

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