Minnesota Public Radio features by Rex Levang http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=102 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:56:03 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Rex Levang http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Morning Glories: Dvorak's visit to America's heartland During Thanksgiving week, as Americans celebrate the harvest, we'll hear four of the "American" pieces that have their roots in Antonin Dvo&#345;&#225;k's historic visit to America and its heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/24/morning-glories-dvorak-s-visit-to-america-s-heartland?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Sharon Isbin This week on Morning Glories, join us as we celebrate the artistry of Minnesota native and classical guitar master, Sharon Isbin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/14/morning-glories-sharon-isbin?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Composer Birthdays This week on Morning Glories, we're throwing a communal birthday party for some noted composers born this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/10/morning-glories-composer-birthdays?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Coming Attractions November's a busy month on the concert calendar, with interesting events happening all around our region. This week on Morning Glories, we'll highlight the artistry of four acclaimed soloists and one historic choir, whom you can also see live and in person. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/03/morning-glories-coming-attractions?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Fantasia in 2014 This week on Morning Glories, we'll pay tribute to the Fantasia series, which at 70-plus years, is a multi-media phenomenon that's still going strong. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/27/morning-glories-fantasia-in-2014?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Cello Celebration This week, we'll bring you the first in a series of essays written exclusively for our website by best-selling author and cellist Edward Kelsey Moore. That's why on this week's Morning Glories, we feature five pieces celebrating the sonorous voice of the cello. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/20/morning-glories-cello-celebration?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:50:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Ralph Vaughan Williams This week on Morning Glories we'll celebrate the birthday of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams by hearing five examples of his many-faceted output. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/13/morning-glories-ralph-vaughan-williams?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Bachtoberfest! We're declaring this week Bachtoberfest on Morning Glories, highlighting the music of J. S. Bach. Did you know that his home in Leipzig had an alcove especially for the beer barrel? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/06/morning-glories-bachtoberfest?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Music for Autumn This week on Morning Glories, we examine what makes for good autumn listening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/26/morning-glories-music-for-autumn?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Teen Beat Even composers were kids once. This week on Morning Glories, we'll bring you five pieces whose composers, at the time they wrote them, were talented teenagers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/15/morning-glories-teen-beat?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Those Who Can, Teach As teachers and students begin a new school year, our Morning Glories continue the theme of Music for Learning with five soloists who are also dedicated to music education. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/08/morning-glories-those-who-can-teach?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Bright College Years It's Back to School Month on Classical MPR, and on Morning Glories, we'll celebrate the bright college years with five composers who each penned a piece connected with university life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/01/morning-glories-bright-college-years?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Fiddlers Five There are so many fine violinists before the public these days -- everyone knows superstars like Perlman and Bell, but there's also a rising generation of talented players. We'll share just five of them with you this week on Morning Glories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/18/morning-glories-fiddlers-five?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Serenades in the A.M. Strictly speaking, a piece called a "serenade" is meant for the evening -- but this week, we'll bring you five serenades during Morning Glories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/11/morning-glories-serenades-in-the-a-m?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Pints, Plaques and Proms: My musical adventures in London Classical MPR's music director Rex Levang recounts his experiences going to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as some of his other musical finds in and around London. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/30/pints-plaques-and-proms-my-musical-adventures-in-london?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:50:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Lorin Maazel's legacy Earlier this month, the musical world lost the remarkable conductor Lorin Maazel. This week on Morning Glories, we'll hear five of the many recordings made by this prodigiously talented musician. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/21/morning-glories-lorin-maazels-legacy?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Summer Festivals Let's celebrate summer by looking at five Morning Glories from summer festivals around the country. And while you're at it, visit our website for a map of festivals taking place right in our area. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/14/morning-glories-summer-festivals?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 QUIZ: Test your John Philip Sousa knowledge Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend by taking this quiz about the music of the American March King, John Philip Sousa. Are you in step with Sousa? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/03/quiz-test-your-john-philip-sousa-knowledge?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Americana This Friday is the Fourth of July &#151; we'll lead up to it with five pieces that show how four American composers and one Czech have given expression to America's history, landscape, and aspirations. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/30/morning-glories-americana?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Getting Outdoors Summer is here, so this week on Morning Glories, we'll bring you five pieces reflecting the beauty of the natural world and some of the images you've submitted through Music in Bloom. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/23/morning-glories-getting-outdoors?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Richard Strauss This week on Morning Glories, we note the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. His operas and tone poems achieved spectacular success during his lifetime, and today, they're performed, recorded, and discussed as widely as ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/09/morning-glories-richard-strauss?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: June weddings This week on Morning Glories, we'll play five pieces related to weddings, as we begin the iconic month of June. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/02/morning-glories-june-weddings?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Music for Schools We'll wind up our Music for Learning month with Morning Glories that feature music written for schools, whether European schools with centuries of history or institutions of higher learning much closer to home. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/26/morning-glories-music-for-schools?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: El Sistema As we continue to celebrate Music for Learning, on Morning Glories this week, we focus on musicians who have come from El Sistema, Venezuela's remarkable system of music education, whose vision of music training and social change is now being emulated throughout the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/19/morning-glories-el-sistema?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Music for Learning This month, we celebrate music for learning, and on Morning Glories this week, we'll air five pieces meant for students, whether they're performers, or listeners -- some music for learning, quite literally. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/12/morning-glories-music-for-learning?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Two takes on Cinderella: Disney versus Rossini What would be left of the Cinderella story if you took away the glass slippers, the pumpkin and the fairy godmother? Classical MPR's Rex Levang and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato point out some differences. 'La Cenerentola' airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/10/two-takes-on-cinderella-disney-versus-rossini?refid=0 Sat, 10 May 2014 10:15:00 -0500 Morning Glories: May Flowers April showers bring May flowers, they say. So now that we're into the month of May, we'll bring you these five timely Morning Glories. Let's hope they're as welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/05/morning-glories-may-flowers?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Vanska Returns It's quite a week for Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra. Vanska will return as the Orchestra's music director, as of May 1. All this week, we'll bring you five Morning Glories, spanning a decade of performances by conductor and orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/28/morning-glories-vanska-returns?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte' has come into its own Mozart's <em>Cosi Fan Tutte</em> seems like a standard operatic comedy &#151; but with a twist. Classical MPR's Rex Levang explains this opera that has come into its own. The Met Opera's production of <em>Cosi</em> airs Saturday, April 26, at 12 noon, on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/25/mozart-s-cosi-fan-tutte-has-come-into-its-own?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:00:00 -0500 'Arabella' is an operatic romantic comedy Sisters Arabella and Zdenka are opposites, but they're loving sisters. A conflict exists between the sisters' desires and the needs of their parents. It seems an insoluble problem until an unexpected caller arrives, setting in motion a romantic comedy. Classical MPR's Rex Levang illuminates ahead of the Met Opera broadcast on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/18/arabella-is-an-operatic-romantic-comedy?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Happy Birthday, Neville Marriner This Tuesday, April 15, Sir Neville Marriner turns 90. On Morning Glories, we'll offer four Marriner performances with four different orchestras that the busy, versatile conductor has led during his long career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/14/morning-glories-happy-birthday-neville-marriner?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'? Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones -- but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/04/quiz-how-much-do-you-know-about-la-boheme?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Morning Glories: April Fools' Day April Fool's Day comes just at the time when we could all use a bit of levity. On Morning Glories, we'll hear five pieces reminding us that so-called 'serious composers' aren't always so serious. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/31/morning-glories-april-fools-day?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Coming Attractions On this week's Morning Glories, we'll take a look at some performers and repertoire coming to our region in the next few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/24/morning-glories-coming-attractions?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Spring Music This is the week of the vernal equinox -- and not a moment too soon. On Morning Glories, we'll hear music from composers whose works evince their eagerness for spring to arrive. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/17/morning-glories-spring-music?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Music in the key of CPE This week, we'll hear five Morning Glories by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach -- aka "CPE" -- whose 300th birthday falls on March 8. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/03/morning-glories-music-in-the-key-of-cpe?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Matisse and Music This week, a major exhibit of the art of Henri Matisse is opening in Minneapolis. Matisse's life coincides with a period of abundant creativity by French and French-based composers. Our Morning Glories come from that era and reflect some of the same themes that Matisse explored in his colorful, personal art. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/24/morning-glories-matisse-and-music?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Ten fun facts about 'Der Rosenkavalier' 'Der Rosenkavalier' is the most popular work by the team of composer Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Classical MPR's Rex Levang has compiled a few bits of trivia that you might not know about this iconic opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/22/ten-fun-facts-about-der-rosenkavalier?refid=0 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:30:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Pianists at Carnegie In our Morning Glories this week, we'll hear from six well-practiced pianists, all performing at Carnegie Hall. One of them will also be performing on our Minnesota Orchestra broadcast this Friday, Feb. 21. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/17/morning-glories-pianists-at-carnegie?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:50:00 -0600 Met Opera: Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow) Richard Strauss's 'Die Frau ohne Schatten', which the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts this weekend, is a fairy-tale opera telling a lofty story of love and self-sacrifice. View a slideshow of the production and read some insights from Classical MPR's Rex Levang. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/15/met-opera-die-frau-ohne-schatten-the-woman-without-a-shadow?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:20:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Love With Valentine's Day approaching, we'll have four Morning Glories exploring love -- and then hear music that you tell us you love on Friday, Feb. 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/10/morning-glories-love?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Skrowaczewski and the Minnesota Orchestra On Friday, Feb. 7, the Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will be on the podium. On Morning Glories, we'll sample the rich variety of recordings that Skrowaczewski and the Orchestra have made together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/03/morning-glories-skrowaczewski-and-the-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Mozart Monday, Jan. 27, is Mozart's birthday, and we'll have a week of Mozart Morning Glories. We'll sample the music of this most versatile of composers with five works, each in a different genre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/27/morning-glories-mozart?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Slideshow: Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" from The Met Tune in Saturday, Jan. 25, at noon to hear the Metropolitan Opera perform Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love"). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/08/slideshow-donizettis-lelisir-damore-from-the-met?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:45:00 -0600 5 triumphant recordings for the return of the Minnesota Orchestra The news of the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and orchestra management coming to an agreement drove us to our music library, immediately digging for the most jubilant recordings from the Minnesota Orchestra catalog to celebrate the return of one of Minnesota's most beloved musical institutions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/15/minnesota-orchestra-triumphant-return-soundtrack?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:15:02 -0600 Morning Glories: What's Come in the Mail This week on Morning Glories, we've taken a look at what's come in the mail lately. Guess what we've found? A lot of new releases! You'll hear something new each day at 10 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/13/morning-glories-whats-come-in-the-mail?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Met Opera: Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus' The Metropolitan Opera presents Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus', which airs at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/11/met-opera-strausss-die-fledermaus-?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:30:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Waltzing into the New Year It's going to be a waltz-filled week, between the New Year's Day concert from Vienna, and Learning to Listen, devoted to the waltzes of Strauss. On Morning Glories, we'll take a look at some other composers who have been beguiled by three-quarter time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/30/morning-glories-waltzing-into-the-new-year?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 On Beethoven's Birthday, The Three Periods It was not long after Beethoven's death that people began to talk about "three periods" in his music. Despite the obvious simplifications involved, this division continues to be used and discussed today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/16/beethovens-birthday?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Falstaff, Live from the Met Tune in at noon for a live broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi's <i>Falstaff</i> from the Metropolitan Opera. Classical MPR's Rex Levang shares eight facts about the opera to enhance your enjoyment of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/14/falstaff-live-from-the-met?refid=0 Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Tchaikovsky This week's Morning Glories celebrate Tchaikovsky &#151; let's hope his music brings some warmth into the winter season. (And don't forget about the complete <i>Nutcracker</i>, Wednesday night at 8.) http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/06/morning-glories-tchaikovsky?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Rigoletto, Live from the Met Tune in at 11:30 a.m. for a live broadcast of Verdi's <i>Rigoletto</i> from the Metropolitan Opera. Ever since its first performance in Venice in 1851, <i>Rigoletto</i> has been a hit with audiences, and a standard in the opera repertory. Classical MPR's Rex Levang shares some insights about the story and its characters. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/07/rigoletto-live-from-the-met?refid=0 Sat, 07 Dec 2013 10:15:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir This week on Morning Glories, we're presenting performances by one of the world's finest choirs as we look forward to its appearance in Minnesota later this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/04/morning-glories-estonian-philharmonic-chamber-choir?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Creating a Diversion Not all classical music is weighty or solemn. Some of it is designed to provide diversion &#151; and we'll offer five pieces that make that claim, right in their titles, on Morning Glories all week long. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/21/morning-glories-creating-a-diversion?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:01:00 -0500 La Traviata, Live from the Met Tune in at 11:30 a.m. on March 30 for a live broadcast of Verdi's "La Traviata" from the Metropolitan Opera. Whatever the shortcomings of its very first performance, Verdi gave "La Traviata" all the elements needed to endow it with lasting success. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/13/la-traviata-live-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Morning Glories: The "Other" Piece Next week on Morning Glories, we'll celebrate some of the other ones. We'll take five pieces that live in the shade of their celebrated siblings, and shine the spotlight on them, for once. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/11/morning-glories-the-other-piece?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 10 Essential Facts About Don Carlo Tune in to Classical MPR on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. CT to hear Verdi's <em>Don Carlo</em>, live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In prep for that performance, here are 10 facts which you might not know about the opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/10-essential-facts-about-don-carlo?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Osmo Vanska Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a stand-out work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories. This week, Osmo V&auml;nsk&auml; turns 60. We'll celebrate with five recordings from his voluminous discography. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/25/morning-glories-osmo-vanska?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:00:00 -0600 10 intriguing facts about Bizet's Carmen Listen to <em>Carmen</em>, live from the Metropolitan Opera, on Saturday, February 23, at 11:30 a.m. Learn more about the opera with these ten facts, ranging from basic to obscure, about its history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/22/carmen-live-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Le Comte Ory - Live from the Met Here's the Opera Quiz question for today: In what comedy by Rossini does a count appear in disguise, not once but twice? Tune into hear the answer on the Met Opera broadcast, February 2, 2013 at noon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/01/le-comte-ory--live-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Il Trovatore, Live from the Met Tune in at noon on Saturday, January 12 to hear the Met Opera perform Verdi's classic opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/11/il-trovatore-live-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Slideshow: Rossini's Barber of Seville from the Met This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera notes the holiday weekend with a special performance of Rossini's Barber of Seville. Enjoy a slideshow from the production and tune into Classical MPR at noon on Saturday, December 22nd to hear it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/22/rossini-barber?refid=0 Sat, 22 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Aida from the Met The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Aida this weekend at 12 noon Central, on radio and HD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/14/aida-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:00:00 -0600 Metropolitan Opera - Un ballo in Maschera This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera begins its new broadcast season with Verdi's "Un ballo in Maschera" (A Masked Ball). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/08/metropolitan-opera--un-ballo-in-maschera?refid=0 Sat, 08 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Opera Quiz This weekend, a new Metropolitan Opera broadcast season begins. Here's a little quiz to get you in the operatic mood. We'll start with some easy ones - but also get into some less familiar repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/07/opera-quiz?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Morning Glories - Autumn Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a stand-out work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories. Fall is coming, so this week we're playing seasonal pieces. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/17/morning-glories--autumn?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Classical 101 Quiz It's September, and the school year is starting up, so here's a classical quiz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/12/classical-101-quiz?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Bastille Day Quiz Saturday is Bastille Day, the national holiday of France. Take our Bastille Day quiz, and test your knowledge of Debussy, Saint-Saens and Bizet! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/comparing_notes/archive/2012/07/bastille_day_qu.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Morning Glories - Father/Son Composers This week on Morning Glories, we pair up some father/son composers, as we look forward to Father's Day on June 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/08/morning-glories--father-son-composers?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Mother's Day Musical Bouquet This playlist includes "Roses from the South," by Johann Strauss, and the Flower Duet by Delibes. There are also carnations from Sibelius, daisies from Rachmaninoff, and floral tributes from MacDowell, Mahler, and Barrios, among others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/04/mothers-day-musical-bouquet?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 L'Elisir d'Amore from the Met This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera performs Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love"). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/30/lelisir-damore-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina from the Met Tune in on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m., when the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky, best known in the opera world for his earlier Boris Godunov, often considered the greatest of Russian operas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/16/mussorgskys-khovananshchina-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Benjamin Grosvenor CD Giveaway Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor first grabbed the public's attention when he was eleven, and won the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition. On his brand-new Decca disc, he plays pieces by Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel. To get your own copy, enter the giveaway. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/09/benjamin-grosvener-cd-giveaway?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:01:18 -0600 Morning Glories - The Vienna Philharmonic Leading up to our Carnegie Live broadcast on March 3, we'll hear five performances by the Vienna Philharmonic. Five different composers (or more -- see Friday), all with strong connections to Vienna. Five different conductors, including Maazel, who will lead the broadcast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/27/morning-glories--the-vienna-philharmonic?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:00:00 -0600 Verdi's Ernani - Live from the Met Tune in on Saturday, February 25 at noon to hear Angela Meade take center stage in Verdi's thrilling early gem, and read some of Classical MPR Music Director Rex Levang's thoughts on the opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/18/verdis-ernani--live-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 This Week's Morning Glories - Love for Spouse and Citrus Here are our morning glories for next week, all relating to themes of love and passion! Love for a spouse (Wagner), unrequited love (Chaminade, according to the story), love for citrus fruits... http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/10/this-weeks-morning-glories--love-for-spouse-and-citrus?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Wagner's Gotterdammerung from the Met With "Gotterdammerung" ("Twilight of the Gods"), the Metropolitan Opera presents the conclusion of Richard Wagner's mighty "Ring" cycle. It's a mythic story, told over the course of four operas, beginning with the creation of the world, and ending with the destruction of Valhalla. Airs Saturday, February 11 at noon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/10/wagners-gotterdammerung-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:00:18 -0600 Puccini's Tosca from the Met This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Tosca, one of the most popular operas ever written, by one of the most popular of all opera composers, Giacomo Puccini. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/27/puccinis-tosca-from-the-met?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Archival Broadcast: Bellini's Norma from the Met This week, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an archive performance of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, one of the most important works of the bel canto repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/13/archival-broadcast-bellinis-norma-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:00:00 -0600 Michael Torke's 'Tahiti' On his latest disc, composer Michael Torke presents two new pieces, "Fiji" and "Tahiti," both featuring echoes of pop and minimalism. Enter to win an autographed copy from Classical MPR and download a free track. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/09/michael-torke-tahiti-giveaway?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 07:30:00 -0600 Hansel and Gretel from the Met Hansel and Gretel - that is, the operatic version of the story, which the Metropolitan Opera performs this Saturday -- can be seen as a musical equivalent of a gorgeous children's book. With each page turn, there's a sumptuous new illustration, with shimmering colors and detail -- almost too good for the kids! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/06/hansel-and-gretel-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:23:47 -0600 Strauss's Die Fledermaus - an archival broadcast from the Met If you were looking for a piece of music theater to ring in the New Year, you couldn't do better than Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, which the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Saturday Dec. 31 at noon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/27/strausss-die-fledermaus-an-archival-broadcast-from-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Los Angeles Philharmonic On Morning Glories all this week, Classical MPR is featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leading up to our Classical Live broadcast on September 27th. Here's the schedule... http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/16/morning-glories-los-angeles-philharmonic?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Piano New Releases For our Morning Glories this week, we're playing a series of new releases at full stick. That is to say, we're showcasing new releases featuring piano players -- not necessarily playing loudly -- but playing well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/12/morning-glories-piano-new-releases?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Inspiration from Art This week, Morning Glories will spotlight great Classical pieces inspired by works of visual art. This slideshow gives you a glimpse of some of the works in question. As you listen throughout the week, check back to match the pieces to the paintings! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/11/inspiration-from-art?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 06:45:38 -0500 For the birds... This week, we're stretching our ornithological muscles to focus on the beauty of music and birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/22/bird-slideshow?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 'Der Rosenkavalier' Disentangled The well-known opera Der Rosenkavalier has a tangled plot. Follow along with our act-by-act description, and a whiteboard video from Music Director Rex Levang, who distills the plot via its main characters. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/19/der-rosenkavalier?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra's season finale This week, the Minnesota Orchestra performs the grand finale to its current season -- broadcast live on Classical MPR Friday night at 8 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/07/minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 09:46:10 -0500 Michael Steinberg's Books Rex Levang's connection with Michael Steinberg was through his books. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/29/michael-steinberg-books?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:10:02 -0500 1858, in music Spend an hour listening to the music of 1858, and discovering some interesting connections between the music and Minnesota's history and landscape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/classical_150?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 08:46:26 -0500 Our holiday music picks We asked staff members of Classical Minnesota Public Radio to select outstanding holiday discs -- and their choices ranged from "Nutcracker" to Christopher Rouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/14/classical_holiday_picks_2007?refid=0 Tue, 25 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 2001: A chat with Pavarotti Opera great Luciano Pavarotti made a stop in St. Paul in 2001, during his 40th anniversary tour. MPR's Rex Levang spoke with Pavarotti prior to that performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/pavarottilevang?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2007 16:35:51 -0500 Valentine's Day recordings To complement your Valentine's Day, Minnesota Public Radio music director Rex Levang recommends recordings by three women whose stunning voices pull at the heartstrings. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0402_cds/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Outstanding music releases for a new year MPR's Rex Levang earmarks 9 classical recordings for your collection this year. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0401_cds/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Take the Opera Challenge During Saturday matinees at New York's Metropolitan Opera, it's safe to say, most of the audience is paying attention to the travails of Tosca, Siegfried, or Manon Lescaut. But there's a small group, sitting in a special box, whose thoughts are elsewhere. They're the panelists on the venerable Opera Quiz, and this season, for the first time, one of them will come from Minnesota Public Radio. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0201_operaquiz/?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jan 2002 09:00:00 -0600 Copland: 10 x 10 Over the years, Aaron Copland has been hailed as the quintessential American composer by everyone from Leonard Bernstein, who said, &quot;He's the best we've got,&quot; to director Spike Lee, who paid musical tribute to Copland in his films. November 2000 marks the centenary of his birth - 100 years of Copland. To mark the occasion, we've come up with 10 nuggets about 10 aspects of the composer - 100 audio clips, anecdotes, quotes, and more. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0011_copland/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2001 09:00:00 -0600 From Russia with controversy An amiable, modest public figure or a morbidly sensitive, possibly suicidal, neurotic? Such are the conflicting images of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, whose birthday we celebrate this month. Though the popularity of his music is undisputed, the picture of Tchaikovsky the man has been anything but. Alexander Poznansky, a Russian music scholar at Yale, has taken a fresh look at this complex personality in &quot;Tchaikovsky Through Others' Eyes&quot; (University of Indiana Press, 1999) - a fascinating account of his life and career collected from the diaries of people closest to him. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0105_tchiakovsky/?refid=0 Sat, 05 May 2001 09:00:00 -0500 The St. Matthew Passion Sometime in the Middle Ages, Christian churches began observing Holy Week by retelling the story of Christ's crucifixion in music. Those beginnings were simple—Bible verses set to simple chant melodies—but eventually they would culminate in one of the most ambitious musical compositions of all time. When J. S. Bach came to write his St. Matthew Passion in the 1720s, the passion, as a musical form, had grown to allow orchestra, choirs, and non-scriptural choruses and arias. But even by the standard of the Baroque passion, the Passion According to St. Matthew is exceptional for its musical richness and its grand scope. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0104_passion/?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2001 09:00:00 -0500 Copland: 10 x 10 Over the years, Aaron Copland has been hailed as the quintessential American composer by everyone from Leonard Bernstein, who said, &quot;He's the best we've got,&quot; to director Spike Lee, who paid musical tribute to Copland in his films. November 2000 marks the centenary of his birth - 100 years of Copland. To mark the occasion, we've come up with 10 nuggets about 10 aspects of the composer - 100 audio clips, anecdotes, quotes, and more. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0011_copland/?refid=0 Sun, 12 Nov 2000 09:00:00 -0600 Classical Ghastlies Can you recommend some pieces of Halloween music? Some real scary ones? And so in that spirit, from the world of classical music, we bring you a passel of quirky, ghoulish and upsetting lore about the people who created it. But be warned. There are no peeled grapes here. Everything you will read here is, as far as can be ascertained, quite true. If you prefer to think of Beethoven as a master musician who made important advances in the treatment of symphonic form, you may want to turn back at this point. But if you're curious who got hold of his skull in 1888. . . . http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0010_halloween/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2000 09:00:00 -0500 Erik Satie: Springtime in Paris The cultural rebelliousness lit by Jean Cocteau and driven by Erik Satie spawned the next batch of eccentrics from which Les Six, a new musical avant-garde led by Satie and consisting of Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, Louis Durey, Germaine Tailleferre, and Georges Auric, was born. Many of their early works were good-naturedly Dadaist and make witty use of quotation and parody, popular music-hall style as well as jazz - a self-consciously simple style reacting against both Romanticism and Impressionism. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0003_satie/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2000 09:00:00 -0600 Handel's Messiah It's a scenario that plays out every year, and one in which you yourself may have been an observer, or even a participant. The audience is assembled in the concert hall, or church, or school auditorium. The orchestra tunes, the conductor appears, the conversations come to a halt, there is a welcoming round of applause. The orchestra strikes up a brief, vigorous overture. Then the tenor soloist rises to his feet and intones the opening words, &quot;Comfort ye, comfort ye my people&quot; - and another performance of Handel's Messiah is underway. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9912_messiah/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 1999 09:00:00 -0600 Antonin Dvorak: Maestro in the Midwest ANTONÍN DVORÁK started life as the son of a peasant in the provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and ended it as one of the most famous musicians in the world, whose pieces were eagerly received by audiences in the capitals of Europe and America. And there can't be too many American music lovers, especially in the Midwest, who haven't thought about retracing some of the steps of the remarkable journey that Dvorák took to the United States in the 1890s. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9909_dvorak/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 1999 09:00:00 -0500 A Hitchcock Musical Mystery When you think about music and film directors, Alfred Hitchcock might not be the first name to come to mind. Stanley Kubrick was a greater recycler of classical music, Quentin Tarantino has done the same for Motown, Bergman and Zeffirelli have filmed more operas - and the list could continue. But Hitchcock has his share of big music moments. As the film world commemorates his 100th birthday on Friday, August 13, heres a chance to see how many you can identify. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9908_hitchcock/?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 1999 09:00:00 -0500 Joaquin Rodrigo: Spanish composer for the guitar JOAQUIN RODRIGO, the Spanish composer who died July 6, 1999, at the age of 97, was a rarity among contemporary composers—a composer who was not only respected, but beloved. His compositions, with their bright instrumentation and vivid evocations of Spain, won the affections of music lovers all over the world, and one of them, the &quot;Concierto de Aranjuez,&quot; became the most popular guitar concerto ever written. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9907_rodrigo/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 1999 09:00:00 -0500 Summer's musical fireworks Fourth of July concerts are a little like Thanksgiving dinners. The items on the bill of fare aren't always identical - some people go with Copland instead of Gershwin, rutabagas instead of mashed potatoes - but there's a strong family resemblance all the same. So if you're taking John Adams's advice (who said that Independence Day should be &quot;solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and iluminations&quot;) and heading out to a Fourth of July concert, here's a look at some of the items you may well hear. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9906_julyfourth/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jul 1999 09:00:00 -0500 Thomas Adès: classical music's new phenom When Minnesota Orchestra performs a new composition by Thomas Adès later this month, it may not be a media event quite on the order of the Ricky Martin boom, or Queen Amidala's problems on the green planet Naboo. Still, it could turn out to be part of something just as noteworthy. In the world of classical composers right now, Adès is the bright young British star who has gone, in a very short time, from being a student at Cambridge to a sought-after composer whose works are performed all over the world. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9907_ades/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 1999 09:00:00 -0500 100 Years of the Maple Leaf Rag The explosive popularity of the Maple Leaf Rag, like so many other seminal events in American history, was founded on fortuitous chance. The club that inspired the song functioned for only a year and a half. Scott Joplin, the composer, spent only a few years of his life in Sedalia before he moved on to St. Louis and New York. The music publisher met Joplin only by chance; one story has it that he liked the music he heard one day when he stopped off for a beer. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9905_ragtime/?refid=0 Sat, 15 May 1999 09:00:00 -0500 Shakespeare in vogue You hear it all the time these days - Shakespeare is hip, Shakespeare is fashionable - but with composers, he’s hardly ever been unfashionable. And with his birthday upon us (April 23, by most accounts), it seems only fitting to celebrate some of the most famous classical works inspired by the Bard. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9904_shakespeare/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 1999 09:00:00 -0500 Laughing through classical music Classical-music comedy has a special place in the affections of music lovers and if there was a list of Frequently Asked Questions on this subject, these queries might be near the top. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9904_aprilfool/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 1999 09:00:00 -0600 Happy birthday, Bach! Every month MPR's music department asks a different individual to give us a list of five compact discs of his or her choosing. The criteria are strictly personal, and the choices cover a pretty wide gamut. But several discs come up again and again: Carlos Kleiber conducting Beethoven symphonies; Miles Davis and colleagues on their album Kind of Blue; and Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9903_bach/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 1999 09:00:00 -0600 My operatic Valentine It's the old story: boy gets shot by Cupid's bow and arrow, boy falls in love with girl. So old, in fact, that it forms the story of the very first opera. History has not been gentle with Jacopo Peri's Daphne – most of the music is lost, and the date of the first performance is unclear. But the tradition which it began has been resilient, and of the thousands of operas written since then, most have had some version of boy-meets-girl at their center. Here we take a quick look at some of opera's most famous love duets – and wish you a Happy Valentine's Day. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9902_vday/?refid=0 Sun, 14 Feb 1999 09:00:00 -0600 Titanic: it was sad when the great ship went down It is one of the great received images of the twentieth century: As the stricken Titanic slips into the ocean, Wallace Hartley and his musicians remain steadfast at their posts, playing &quot;Nearer, My God, to Thee.&quot; Music has become an indispensable part of the Titanic myth. With the big exhibit in St. Paul, thousands of Minnesotans are going to become Titanic buffs, if only temporarily, and we submit five very diverse examples of how musicians have responded to the story of the disaster. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9901_titanic/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 1999 09:00:00 -0600