Learning to Listen: Music for the State Fair

by Emily Reese, Minnesota Public Radio
August 25, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota State Fair is the largest state fair in the country in terms of daily attendance.

Aside from a handful of unpreventable interruptions, like the Civil War and a polio outbreak, Minnesotans have traveled to the State Fair since 1859. On today's Learning to Listen, hear music inspired by the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

On today's Learning to Listen, hear musical memories about the fair from some Classical MPR hosts, as well as music inspired by the fair.

Each weekday at 2 p.m., you can enjoy a live performance at the Classical MPR booth at the corner of Judson and Nelson. You can also subscribe to our State Fair music newsletter, which is sent every day of the 12-day celebration.

Program Playlist

Richard Rodgers
State Fair Suite
Erich Kunzel (cond)
Cincinatti Pops
Telarc 80278

John Adams
Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Simon Rattle (cond)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orch
EMI 55051

Carolyn Jennings
Minnesota Boychoir

Leonard Bernstein
Candide Overture
Eiji Oue
Minnesota Orchestra
Reference 87

The North Star Hit Parade
arr. Paul Gerike
Philip Brunelle
Clarion 942

Hamilton Harty
Irish Symphony, "The Fair Day"
Bryden Thomson
Ulster Orchestra
Chandos 8314

Wynn-Anne Rossi
State Fair Suite
Stephanie Wendt Johnson & Wynn-Anne Rossi, pianos
Maria Jette, soprano
J David Moore, tenor

Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata & Fugue in D min
Eugene Ormandy
Philadelphia Orchestra
Sony 38915

Percy Grainger
The Pretty Maid Milkin' Her Cow
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo sop
Bengt Forsberg, piano
DG 463479

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