Music with Minnesotans: Unconventional Holidays

by Steve Staruch, Minnesota Public Radio
December 19, 2013

St. Paul, Minn. — Kings don't always wear crowns. And just how are you going to keep the kids out of the frozen Christmas cookies? This week's Music with Minnesotans features two unconventional stories with music to match.

Patricia Breien takes listeners back to 1960s Norway for a story about the King who got away, and Alan Law (and his mom, Ellen) share the tale of car rides into Grant Wood's American Gothic. It's a holiday tale with a cast that includes two guinea pigs named Ruth and Rachel.

Enjoy this week's Music with Minnesotans!

Patricia's picks:

Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt. Cincinnati Pops led by Erich Kunzel. (Telarc 80189)

Grieg: Ceremonial March from Sigurd Jorsalfar. Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Esa-Pekka Salonen. (Sony 46668)

Alan's picks:

Vince Guaraldi: Christmas Time Is Here/ Skating (arr: Tim Bradley) from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Copper Street Brass.

Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah". The English Concert and Choir led by Trevor Pinnock. Archiv 423630

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