Minnesota Public Radio features by Brian Newhouse http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=103 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:20:07 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Brian Newhouse http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Yes, Osmo is back. But is he happy? Osmo Vanska fought, and fought hard, to return to leading the orchestra he holds so dear, but now he has an enormous triage list. Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse interviews Vanska about the uncertain road ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/02/yes-osmo-is-back-but-is-he-happy?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 08:35:00 -0500 Discovering Pentatonix: 2 new videos from the world's most popular choral group Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and Brian Newhouse talk about how they discovered Pentatonix -- and share two brand new videos from their studio performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/08/discovering-pentatonix?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:50:00 -0500 The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir perform at The Cathedral of St. Paul The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is not only the finest choir from a nation of singers, but arguably the finest choir in the world. Hear the choir's amazing performance from The Cathedral of Saint Paul last November. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/04/the-estonian-chamber-choir-perform-at-the-cathedral-of-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:45:00 -0500 Brian Newhouse interviews Osmo Vanska Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse interviewed Osmo Vanska this week. Vanska stated flatly that, yes, indeed, he does want to come back to lead the Orchestra, "If I can work with the orchestra the way I used to do, and I want to do, then I want to come back." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/27/exclusive-brian-newhouse-interviews-osmo-vanska?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:20:00 -0500 The Genius of the American Spiritual Ensemble Blending hope, joy, sorrow, escape and faith, The American Spiritual Ensemble brought a tremendous sound to St. Paul's Central Presbyterian Church earlier this month. Tune in at 8 p.m. Thursday, February 27 to hear this incredible concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/27/american-spiritual-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:40:28 -0600 Wonder Tidings: The Holiday Music of Stephen Paulus Dale Warland joins host Brian Newhouse in celebrating the holiday works of Stephen Paulus. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/03/wonder-tidings-stephen-paulus-dale-warland?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:00:27 -0600 Christmas with Cantus Recorded live in the Great Hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis, it's Christmas with Cantus. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/13/christmas-with-cantus-live?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Handel's Messiah performed by the Minnesota Orchestra If you've heard Handel's Messiah a hundred times - or perhaps never - you're in for something special Friday, December 21 at 8 p.m. This is a Messiah for those who've heard it countless times, or who want to discover for the first time why this piece is so beloved. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/15/handels-messiah?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Cantus Live at Westminster Presbyterian Church The nine-voice male vocal ensemble has put together something slightly different this year: there are carols new and old, as usual, but they're interspersing the music with brief, evocative readings that reflect a wide view of the season. Live at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/05/cantus-at-westminster-presbyterian-church?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Cantus Live from Westminster Presbyterian Church Listen online to Cantus live in concert, from December 16. They do a little bit of everything Christmasy. And because these guys have throats apparently lined with gold, it all comes out oh-so classy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/15/cantus-live?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:00:00 -0600 28 Days of Christmas Classical MPR is serving more holiday musical treats than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/24/holiday-programming?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Pianist Stephen Hough: Faith, prayer and Tchaikovsky Pianist Stephen Hough is recording all of Tchaikovsky's works for piano and orchestra with the Minnesota Orchestra for Hyperion. He is a performer with a strong inner compass, and much of that comes from a devout religious faith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/stephen_hough_faith_music?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 A percussion concerto with legs It's a rare contemporary piece that gets dozens of performances around the world in the first couple years of its life, but that's the case for Jennifer Higdon's 2005 Percussion Concerto. She wrote it for Scottish percussionist Colin Currie, who is playing it with the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/colincurrie?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 15:57:46 -0500 Cellist Zuill Bailey and the legacy of Rostropovich Cellist Zuill Bailey flew from Hawaii to Minneapolis last week as a sudden replacement with the Minnesota Orchestra. Bailey is a rising star in the classical music world who grew up in Washington, D.C., hearing larger-than-life cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/zuillbailey?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:23:58 -0500 Young St. Paul pianist ready for next big move Andrew Staupe, just 23, is a St. Paul pianist about to take the next step in his burgeoning career. This winter he's been auditioning at Rice, Eastman, and Juilliard music schools. He spoke with MPR's Brian Newhouse about his hopes for winning a spot in one of these competitive programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/andrewstaupe?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 09:34:51 -0600 Cantus & Theater Latte Da - All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Imagine putting your rifle down, climbing out of the safety of your trench, and walking across No Man's Land to deliver the gift of song -- to your enemy. Minneapolis-based men's choir, Cantus, and Theater Latte Da perform a new radio drama based on the Christmas truce of 1914. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/cantus_all_is_calm?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 00:00:10 -0600 Living with Alzheimer's disease There are around 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, the debilitating illness that first robs people of their short-term memories and ultimately leads to dementia and death. A Minnesota Public Radio documentary looks at efforts to treat Alzheimer's and what it's like to live with the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/midday2?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2007 12:00:00 -0600 Piccolo player takes center stage Roma Duncan Kansara steps out of the Minnesota Orchestra flute section this week to solo in a Vivaldi piccolo concerto. MPR's Brian Newhouse spoke with Kansara on the Orchestra Hall stage, about this music, her instrument, and playing while pregnant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/kansarapiccolo?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:17:12 -0600 Singer Jennifer Larmore discovers her offstage voice Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore is using more than her singing voice in an effort to win new audiences for vocal music. She's doing radio commentary and working on children's books. Larmore appears this weekend with the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/08/larmore?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 16:40:00 -0500 Wright puts on a slide show For the past month, Minnesota Orchestra Principal Trombone R. Douglas Wright has locked himself in his basement, trying master an antique ancestor of his instrument. sweating away to master the sackbut. To get ready for the piece he's performing this weekend, he's had to learn how to play the Renaissance- and Baroque-era horn called a sackbut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/20/douglaswright?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2007 15:45:00 -0500 Playing Brahms' Second Piano Concerto the right way English pianist Stephen Hough says it's all too easy to upset the emotional balance of Johannes Brahms' Second Piano Concerto. He aims to avoid that pitfall in his performances this weekend with the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/13/stephenhough?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2007 15:10:14 -0500 Norrington asks musicians to trade old habits for even older ones He's not exactly at war with the warblers, but conductor Roger Norrington would prefer to have the musicians he works with avoid the often-used technique known as vibrato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/04/norrington?refid=0 Sun, 04 Mar 2007 12:30:00 -0600 This pianist warms frightened fingers with Brahms Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has performed with the world's greatest orchestras and has released more than 100 recordings. Yet he still struggles with stage fright. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/26/buchbinder_brahms?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 18:30:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra begins Bruckner exploration The massive symphonies of Anton Bruckner are a multi-year project for any orchestra wanting to take on all ten of them. The Minnesota Orchestra is embarking on just such a journey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/02/brucknerproject?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 12:50:43 -0600 St. John's Boys' Choir previews Paulus opera in studio Listen to excerpts from the opera and interviews with composer Stephen Paulus, librettist Gene Scheer, boy soprano Charlie Engelsgjerd, and the choir's music director, Brother Paul Richards of St. John's Abbey, who founded the choir in 1981. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/19/st_johns_boys_choir?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Andrew Litton's guide to the Shostakovich 8th Brian Newhouse welcomed conductor and pianist Andrew Litton to Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum to discuss Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony, which he conducted in the opening weeks of the Minnesota Orchestra's 2006-2007 season. During the session, Litton performed excerpts from the symphony on the piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/26/litton_ubs_forum?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Brian Newhouse writes from the Music@Menlo festival MPR's Brian Newhouse is on location for the Music@Menlo chamber music festival on the San Francisco Peninsula, July 29-August 15. Follow his daily journal as he attends concerts and workshops. http://www.americanpublicmedia.us/programs/music_menlo/journal/2004/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Salute to the Dale Warland Singers Tune in every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in May. We'll have outstanding performances drawn from recent DWS seasons. Then, on Sunday, May 30, 2004, 3 pm, Minnesota Public Radio will present the final Dale Warland Singers concert, live from Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/05_dws_farewell/?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Reflections on Bach's Birthday Cellist Pablo Casals called Bach's creations "the greatest and purest music of all time." We'll be hearing a lot of Bach's music this week as we celebrate his 319th birthday. Five Minnesota Public Radio hosts share personal reflections. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0403_bach/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2004 09:00:00 -0600 A Century in Sound: the Minnesota Orchestra Turns 100 Exactly 100 years ago, 50 instrumentalists led by a German immigrant gave the first concert as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble changed its name in the 1960s, but the legacy of a great orchestra on the Plains has run unbroken for a full century now. Using rare archival recordings of the Orchestra and reminiscences of its conductors, MPR's Brian Newhouse looks at the ensemble's colorful past. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/programs/mnorch/docs/100_years.shtml/?refid=0 Sat, 01 Nov 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Music@Menlo music festival, 2003 The brainchild of a pair of dynamic musicians: pianist Wu Han and her husband cellist David Finckel. They'd had a longstanding dream to create a chamber-music celebration that embraced students, an eager audience, and an A-list of performers from around the world. They found the perfect site a half-hour south of San Francisco, in the city of Menlo Park, California, and last August opened their doors. Over the course of the festival's three weeks, critics, performers, the organizers, everyone remarked on the strikingly high level of execution. Audiences, though, spoke loudest about this event: Californians lined up by the hundreds to get in, many were turned away at the door. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0308_menlo/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2003 09:00:00 -0500 A Finnish Beginning for the Minnesota Orchestra Osmo VäskA¤ takes over as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra this fall, but the early appearances of this 50-year-old Finnish conductor have already created buzz in local and national media. He has a growing resume of American orchestras he's recently guest conducted, all of whom quickly invite him back. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0108_vanska/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2001 09:00:00 -0500 Itzhak Perlman: Humor and Grace I'd never seen Perlman perform live. Never seen how slowly he makes his way on those crutches and how a violin section parts itself extra-wide so he can get to his podium and chair. The concertmaster held his violin and bow, waiting. The audience greeted him especially warmly. The applause was still full as he planted his left crutch up on the podium and swung his left leg up. Then the right crutch. As he swung his right leg upâI can't say exactly what happened next, but for some reason his right leg missed the podium altogether, and his right crutch flew out with it. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0105_perlman/?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2001 09:00:00 -0500