Minnesota Public Radio features by Karl Gehrke http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=117 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 25 May 2018 19:27:38 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Karl Gehrke http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 SPCO kicks off 50th season The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is kicking off its 50th anniversary season this weekend. The opening concerts are tonight and tomorrow at the Ordway Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/spcoanniv?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:59:55 -0500 A sesquicentennial choral tour of Minnesota Audiences at the State Fair on Saturday can tour Minnesota through choral music. Six choirs from around Minnesota will perform specially commissioned music reflecting the diverse histories, landscapes and people of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/minnesotavoices?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:01:00 -0500 Summer for the symphony What do the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra during their summer vacations? Some play in festivals at scenic locales. Others ride horses and motorcycles. And some just take a break from music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/01/musiciansummer?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 08:10:22 -0500 Minnesota Fringe Festival turns 15 For the next ten days actors and dancers will perform in over 150 shows throughout Minneapolis in the 15th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival. It's the biggest performing arts festival in the midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/fringefestivalturns15?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 18:57:12 -0500 Minn. Orchestra appoints new Jazz Artistic Director New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield will be the Minnesota Orchestra's first Artistic Director of Jazz at Orchestra Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/jazz?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 15:19:40 -0500 Minn. arts organizations receive outside help A new group supporting the arts in Minnesota is announcing today the 17 organizations selected for its training and development program. ArtsLab will help the organizations develop plans and strategies for the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/artslab?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 06:20:23 -0500 SPCO president retires St. Paul Chamber Orchestra President and Managing Director Bruce Coppock is stepping down because of illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/coppockretires?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 06:00:00 -0500 Planting the seeds of jazz For the past six years, a dozen Twin Cities jazz verterans have been sharing their expertise with young musicians at a jazz camp near Minneapolis. The students say it's an intense experience that helps them grow as improvising soloists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/13/jazzcamp?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jun 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Singing in Grover's Corners Turning famous works of American literature into operas has become something of a trend lately. St. Paul's Skylark Opera company is presenting the upper Midwest premiere of one of the latest, Ned Rorem's adaptation of "Our Town." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/10/skylarkourtown?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 01:00:00 -0500 The Twin Cities bass foundation Veteran Minneapolis musician Gordon Johnson has a reputation for being the Twin Cities' go-to jazz bassist. He's admired by fellow musicians and fans for his versatility and impeccable playing, and has just released his latest CD, "GJ4." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/02/gordonjohnson?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Percussion in the spotlight Percussionists have a vital, but under-appreciated role in symphonic music. Over the next three weeks they're being showcased in the Crash! Bang! Boom! Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/percussionfestival?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 15:57:33 -0500 Sharing a swingin' archive Bob DeFlores' film archive is one of the largest private collections in the country. A new partnership with Normandale Community College will make many of his rare, historical films available for educational institutions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/defloresnormandale?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 17:00:00 -0500 The joy of pipa Gao Hong is the master of the ancient Chinese lute known as the pipa. Since arriving in Minnesota, she's taken the instrument into surprising new territories by collaborating with musicians from a diverse range of cultures and traditions. She's making her Carnegie Hall debut this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/gaohong?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 16:45:00 -0500 The metaphorical piano Using a mix of drama, dance, clowning and classical music, a new theatrical production tells the story of a lonely piano tuner whose unfulfilled dreams get caught up in a family that's falling apart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/pianotuner?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 18:05:44 -0500 Working hard for clarinet dreams High School musician Bruce Cho is playing duing this week's Young People's Concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, an important step toward fulfilling his goal of becoming a professional musician. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/brucecho?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Two conductors in one As part of a collaboration with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, music students at the University of Minnesota are getting the rare opportunity to work with a professional conductor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/markrussellsmith?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Edo de Waart returns to the Twin Cities A familiar face is returning to the Twin Cities classical music scene. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has appointed former Minnesota Orchestra conductor Edo de Waart as one of the group's new artistic partners beginning in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/edodewaart?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 07:00:00 -0500 New Argento work honors his late wife The Washington National Cathedral hosts the premiere of a major, new work by Minneapolis composer Dominick Argento on Sunday. It's the first music the Pulitzer Prize winner has written since his wife's death two years ago and he lost the will and energy for composing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/argengtowashington?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Singer Connie Evingson celebrates St. Paul-born jazz great Local jazz singer Connie Evingson's latest CD is a collection of songs by jazz pianist and singer Dave Frishberg. The St. Paul native is regarded as one of the finest songwriters of the past few decades. The CD also reunites Frishberg with an old U of M friend he describes as one of the most gifted musicians he ever met. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/evingsonfrishberg?refid=0 Sun, 24 Feb 2008 15:00:00 -0600 The sacred side of Ellington Duke Ellington is considered one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Many of his songs are enduring standards. On Sunday, the choral group VocalEssence explores a lesser-known side of the legendary jazz pianist and bandleader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/13/vocalessenceellington?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra records Holocaust oratorio The Minnesota Orchestra is spending three days this week recording St. Paul composer Stephen Paulus's Holocaust memorial oratorio, "To Be Certain of the Dawn." The work received its premiere in 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/paulusoratorio?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 13:30:16 -0600 SPCO welcomes Upshaw as new artistic partner The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's latest artistic partner is the famous American soprano, Dawn Upshaw. It's the beginning of a three year relationship in which Upshaw has the freedom to do just about whatever she can imagine. She promises plenty of exciting, new music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/spcowelcomesupshaw?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 15:38:09 -0600 Schubert Club hires new director The St. Paul-based Schubert Club has named a new executive director, who will fill the position left vacant by the death last year of long-time director Bruce Carlson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/schubertclub?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 10:39:35 -0600 SPCO helps acclaimed composer document prize-winning music George Tsontakis is more interested in getting his music recorded than having it performed in concert. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has helped the composer with his goal in its latest CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/spcotsontakis?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Orchestral fans take a swing at conducting a virtual orchestra While such video games as Guitar Hero and Rock Band offer the chance for players to act out rock star fantasies, an installation at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis gives classical music fans the opportunity to try out their dreams of conducting a symphony orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/virtualmaestro?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 16:18:54 -0600 Orchestra returns to a balanced budget The Minnesota Orchestra is reporting a return to a balanced budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/08/orchestra_budget?refid=0 Sat, 08 Dec 2007 10:33:22 -0600 125 years of great music During its 125 year history, the Schubert Club has drawn an impressive list of the world's greatest classical artists to St. Paul. As the organization marks its birthday this week, musicians and friends are celebrating the club's contributions to cultural life in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/08/schubertanniversarynews?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2007 13:44:16 -0600 American Indian traditions come to classical music Classical music and the music of American Indians would seem to have little in common. But Chickasaw composer Jerod Tate is among a handful of Indian composers using classical music to express his culture and history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/24/jaredtate?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2007 15:00:02 -0500 Kirby Puckett's modern tragedy on stage Twenty-years ago this month, Kirby Puckett led the Minnesota Twins to their first World Series victory. A new play at the History Theatre in St. Paul explores the Hall-of-Famer's tragic life as an adored sports icon struggling with off-the-field troubles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/puckettplay?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 03:00:18 -0500 A common ground for classical and rock A major New York City concert series uniting classical and indie rock audiences is coming to the Twin Cities this weekend. The Wordless Music Series is seen by some as a way to introduce younger, adventurous music fans to classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/26/wordlessmusic?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 02:00:34 -0500 Coffinating Dr. Strangelove Over the past decade, Skewed Visions has staged theatrical productions in vacant office buildings, two-story houses and moving cars. The group's latest production uses the basement of an old coffin factory for a sequel to the satirical Cold War movie, "Dr. Strangelove." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/19/skewedvisions?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2007 03:00:24 -0500 Minnesota Opera director recalls the power of Pavarotti Minnesota Opera artistic director Dale Johnson had little interest in opera until he saw Luciano Pavarotti in a touring production of "La Boheme." Pavarotti's performance left an indelible impression and first introduced Johnson to the power of opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/06/pavarotti_gehrke?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 15:40:30 -0500 Rock's next generation For many Minnesota rock bands, it takes years to get a gig at First Avenue in Minneapolis. But for participants in the MacPhail Center for Music's summer rock camp, it took less than a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/schoolofrock?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2007 08:00:00 -0500 What's in store for classical CD sales? CD sales continue to plummet as digital music downloads enjoy a steady ascent. Classical fans are getting more of their music online too, but many still prefer browsing through the record shop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/25/classicalcds?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 What comes after the Minneapolis Quartet's final curtain? One of the Twin Cities' foremost chamber music groups is calling it quits. The members of the Minneapolis Quartet are going their separate ways after six years together http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/06/quartetfarewell?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Allegro, Adagio, Presto change-o Does it take magic to get kids excited about the symphony orchestra? A Chicago percussionist hopes so. He calls himself "The Amazing Carrington." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/21/musicmagician?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 SPCO and U to share conductor The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the University of Minnesota School of Music have hired a conductor to fill new positions at both institutions. Richmond Symphony Music Director Mark Russell Smith begins his new jobs in the fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/08/markrussellsmith?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 15:30:00 -0500 Violin teacher Mary West "kept it beautiful" In a five-decade teaching career, Mary West taught the violin to countless young musicians in the Twin Cities. She died on Sunday at the age of 97. West is being remembered as a teacher who loved and nurtured her students but held them to the highest standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/06/marywest?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2007 17:45:00 -0500 One of the 3 M's stands for music 3M is known for thousands of products--from Post-It Notes and air filters to cancer treatments. But the Maplewood-based company also makes music, much of it produced by the 50-year-old 3M Club Symphony Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/01/3msymphony?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Bell bows out at SPCO Joshua Bell's three years as one of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's first artistic partners come to an end this weekend. The acclaimed violinist is sad that his tenure is up, but he says he's leaving feeling more comfortable leading an orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/24/bellfarewell?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 18:10:00 -0500 A pianist who's big on Bartok Pianist Andreas Haefliger considers Bela Bartok the most interesting of the great 20th-century composers. At Orchestra Hall this weekend, he performs the piece Bartok wrote as he was dying, the Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra. He says it captures the full span of the Hungarian composer's life experiences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/24/haefliger?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 11:00:00 -0500 A song shows the way to a new home The personal story of a Somali man who left war-torn Mogadishu with his family for a new life in Minnesota has been adapted for a new song, commissioned by the Minnesota Chorale. It's part of the chorale's collaboration with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/18/singmeahome?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Twin conductors have a corner on choral music The upper Midwest choral community's Minnesota Twins are joining forces this month. Matthew Culloton and his identical twin brother Michael are bringing their two choirs together for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/04/cullotons?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Festival reflects, returns Bolcom's big embrace VocalEssence is celebrating the wide-ranging creative output of composer William Bolcom with the two-week festival "Illuminating Bolcom." Artistic Director Philip Brunelle describes Bolcom as the quintessential American composer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/bolcomfeature?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Composers competition has ears on the prize The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's first-ever Emerging Composers Competition culminates this weekend. Following a concert featuring the four finalists, the judges will choose a winner. What are they listening for? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/20/composercompetition?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2007 18:30:00 -0500 Clarinetist finds universal meaning in klezmer-inspired piece A Methodist from Maryland is the champion of a klezmer-inspired work by Osvaldo Golijiov. Clarinetist Todd Palmer talks with Minnesota Public Radio's Karl Gehrke about his ten-year fascination with "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/toddpalmer?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2007 18:15:01 -0500 Odds are against graduating orchestra hopefuls U.S. colleges and conservatories graduate 3,000 music performance majors each year, but the number of orchestra positions is less than 300. University of Minnesota music students are aware of of the difficulties of finding an orchestra position, they're still willing to work hard and buck the odds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/22/orchestragrads?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Composer Tsontakis speaks for the record Composer George Tsontakis doesn't care how many orchestras perform his music. He's more interested in having it recorded. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is both premiering Tsontakis's latest composition and recording it for an upcoming CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/02/tsontakis?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2007 16:18:46 -0600 Jeune Lune ventures into the tried and true The acclaimed Twin Cities theater company Theatre de la Jeune Lune has been struggling with artistic and financial difficulties over the past few years. This season the company is hoping to reconfirm its artistic vision and strengthen its audience by revisiting some of its strongest shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/02/jeuneluneupdate?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2007 16:15:00 -0600 St. Paul is where "The Grapes of Wrath" are scored After more than a decade of planning, capped by a month of intensive rehearsing, the creators of the new opera "The Grapes of Wrath" are optimistic. They hope they feel the same way after the Minnesota Opera's premiere on Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/09/grapesofwrathopera?refid=0 Fri, 09 Feb 2007 16:35:30 -0600 "The Separation" joins crunchy guitars with crystalline polyphony The mystical sounds of a 15th-century choral mass mix with thrashing guitars and crashing drums this weekend at the Walker Art Center. The Walker brings together jazz drummer Bobby Previte with the St. Paul-based Rose Ensemble, a choral group more at home with ethereal medieval chant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/02/previteandrose?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Aunt Bessie just might be a composer Over the past decade, the St. Paul-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist has given amateur composers a rare opportunity to get their music played through an annual contest. This year's winners include a physician, a former history teacher and a high school violinist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/25/amateurcomposers?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2007 16:45:00 -0600 Dorati's recordings put the Minneapolis Symphony on the map No orchestra today equals the feat, but during the 1950s the Minneapolis Symphony sold millions of recordings thanks largely to its conductor, Antal Dorati. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/antaldorati?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 New sounds inside the Mighty Fortress The music heard in many Lutheran churches around the Twin Cities is changing as immigrants join congregations. An exhibit at the University of Minnesota explores the diverse music being mixed with the traditional Lutheran liturgy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/21/newmightyfortress?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Making it new for the Minnesota Orchestra A leading indicator of the Minnesota Orchestra's interest in new music is its annual Composer Institute, which culminates in a public concert Friday. Behind the effort is the orchestra's resident advocate for contemporary composers, Aaron Jay Kernis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/29/aaronjaykernis?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2006 17:30:00 -0600 Schubert Club after Bruce Carlson The Schubert Club is preparing to look for a successor to the organization's longtime leader. Bruce Carlson died this past summer and he won't be easy to replace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/schubertclub?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Hicks makes history at the Minnesota Orchestra In its 103-year history, the Minnesota Orchestra never had a woman on its conducting staff...until September when Sarah Hatsuko Hicks became assistant conductor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/07/sarahhicks?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2006 04:45:00 -0600 Walker images reside in Jason Moran's jazz Pianist Jason Moran has lately drawn inspiration from contemporary art. Music on his latest CD was influenced by what he found at the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/04/jasonmoran?refid=0 Wed, 04 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Artists bring their passion to the classroom Many artists and educators in Minnesota believe the arts are a good way to enhance a student's education. But with budget concerns and pressure from No Child Left Behind legislation, the arts' importance to kids' development is often overlooked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/24/teachingart?refid=0 Sun, 24 Sep 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Minnesota violinist becomes Houston Symphony concertmaster After six seasons with the Minnesota Orchestra, violinist Angela Fuller is leaving to become one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when she joins the Houston Symphony in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/15/angelafuller?refid=0 Tue, 15 Aug 2006 12:58:24 -0500 Minnesota diva comes home to begin new career phase Soprano Audrey Stottler is an international opera star who is little known in her home state of Minnesota. She's recently been spending more time at home as she plans for the next phase in her career and starts to teach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/audreystottler?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2006 00:05:00 -0500 Walk in and sing a masterpiece Informal gatherings to sing great choral works are a summer tradition in New England. A conductor who recently moved to the Twin Cities from Boston is hoping Open Sings catch on in Minnesota too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/18/opensings?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 16:45:00 -0500 Celebrated Swede sings his last (?) U.S. concert in Twin Cities Acclaimed Swedish baritone Hakan Hagegard has a world-wide following and is especially well known to Twin Cities audiences for his many appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/19/hagegardhangsitup?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jun 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Dawn Upshaw sings a new song with the SPCO Soprano Dawn Upshaw is joining the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as the group's next artistic partner. The international classical-music celebrity says she's excited about this upcoming collaboration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/01/upshawspco?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2006 17:00:00 -0500 The Minnesota Orchestra in session with Beethoven The second CD in the Minnesota Orchestra's Beethoven symphony cycle is out. Like the first installment, the latest recording is receiving favorable reviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/31/newmnorchcd?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2006 16:00:00 -0500 A new opera aims to reveal the beautiful soul of the Elephant Man The tragic story of the Elephant Man is the tale of a beautiful soul trapped inside a ghastly body. His story has inspired a play, a movie and most recently a French opera. The Minnesota Opera opens the U.S. premiere of "Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man" on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/elephantman?refid=0 Fri, 12 May 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Teen musicians face off in groups of four String quartet competitions for high school students are rare. Organizers of the first St. Paul String Quartet Competition are introducing the idea to the Twin Cities and hope the competition will become an annual event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/19/stringquartetcompetition?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2006 08:15:00 -0500 Roberto Abbado debuts as SPCO artistic partner Roberto Abbado debuts as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's artistic partner with a concert series celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/robertoabbado?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2006 12:24:41 -0500 Carol Barnett writes music for real-life heroines Twin Cities composer Carol Barnett uses poetry about women with breast cancer in her new song cycle for soprano and harp, "Music for Heroines." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/carol_barnett_heroines?refid=0 Fri, 07 Apr 2006 12:00:00 -0500 Author Anne Ursu in the Underworld Twin Cities author Anne Ursu takes a humorous approach to the Greek myth of Hades and the Underworld in her new book for young adults, "The Shadow Thieves." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/03/anne_ursu?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2006 12:08:37 -0600 Music brings new life to the words of a fallen soldier The Minnesota-based male chorus Cantus celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new work featuring a text from a poignant last letter home by a soldier killed in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/10/private_givens_letter?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2006 06:00:00 -0600 Composer Elliott Carter is much admired but not easy to love The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the University of Minnesota School of Music are collaborating on a festival celebrating the music of Elliott Carter. He's considered by many to be America's greatest living composer, but his music is a challenge for both listeners and musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/08/elliott_carter?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2006 12:41:30 -0600 Maria Schneider brings big band jazz home to Windom Grammy Award-winning jazz composer/bandleader and Minnesota native Maria Schneider is returning to the state with her orchestra for weekend performances at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, and hometown, Windom. She's now based in New York but her music has roots in Southwestern Minnesota soil. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/24/maria_schneider?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:18:25 -0600 World Voices to explore Native American music In a concert this weekend World Voices will feature music and texts from native American tribes as well as from early American French Canadians and Shakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/22/world_voices?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Witnessing the life of Sojourner Truth For the past 17 years, the Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence has marked Black History Month with its annual Witness concert. This year, VocalEssence is staging an unusual choral ballet that tells the story of Sojourner Truth, a former slave and activist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/16/witnesstruth?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2006 14:36:51 -0600 Red House Records' president Bob Feldman dies at 56 The folk world is mourning the loss of Bob Feldman, the president of St. Paul-based Red House Records. He died Wednesday at the age of 56. For nearly 25 years, Feldman's independent label has been a major force in the national folk music scene. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/12_gehrkek_feldmanobit/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2006 14:29:00 -0600 A playground of sound California composer Paul Dresher and the Twin Cities new musical ensemble create a musical jungle gym that becomes a physical manifestation of how sound is made. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/06_gehrkek_soundstage/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2006 08:31:00 -0600 Ancient and modern worlds collide Choreographer Joe Chvala and his percussive dance ensemble, the Flying Foot Forum, return to Norse mythology for commentary on contemporary life in the show, "Between the Fire and Ice (Mjollnir II)." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/15_gehrkek_chvala/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2005 12:47:00 -0600 The creeping of Christmas shows In recent years the Christmas shopping season has crept ever earlier. The same thing is happening with holiday shows. Even though it's early December, Christmastime theater, music and dance productions have already been running for several weeks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/02_gehrkek_earlyseason/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2005 08:59:00 -0600 Bakken the saddle for a new season The Bakken Trio is one of the oldest chamber music ensembles in the Twin Cities. The members of the group all have other jobs in music, but playing in the trio gives them an opportunity to stretch out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/18_gehrkek_bakken/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2005 00:05:00 -0600 A new prince for the king of instruments The pipe organ may be the king of instruments, but it's largely overlooked in the world of classical music. But 28 year old Paul Jacobs is creating new interest in the pipe organ with his exhuberant performances and marathon recitals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/04_gehrkek_jacobs/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2005 17:31:00 -0600 Tales of the trombone Trombonists seem to be overlooked in the world of jazz, especially in comparison to trumpet, saxophone and piano players. But Twin Cities trombonist Dave Graf is stepping forward with the release of his first CD. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/20_gehrkek_trombones/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2005 14:00:00 -0500 The bad boy of Norway The folkloric hero of Norway's drama "Peer Gynt" was a selfish scoundrel, a character seemingly at odds with the nation's cultural stereotype. The Norwegian National Opera visits St. Paul on Tuesday and Wednesday to collaborate with VocalEssence in a concert adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's dramatic narrative with incidental music by Edvard Grieg. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/18_gehrkek_gynt/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2005 14:30:00 -0500 Minnesota's choral tradition alive and well October is a busy month for Minnesota choirs, as many of them open their new concert seasons. This will be the second year without one of the state's best-known choirs, the Dale Warland Singers. But both new and veteran choirs are continuing work that has given Minnesota the reputation as the choral center of the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/11_gehrkek_choralscene/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2005 09:00:00 -0500 Remembering Rondo with music Some 45 years after the predominantly black St. Paul neighborhood of Rondo was bulldozed to make way for Interstate 94, the community's history is celebrated in a new composition, "The Rondo Oratorio." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/23_gehrkek_rondo/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2005 01:00:00 -0500 The return of Hugh Wolff After living in Europe for the past five years, former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Music Director Hugh Wolff returns to the Twin Cities, the place his family considers home. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/14_gehrkek_hughwolff/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2005 11:00:00 -0500 Working for orchestral equality Marin Alsop made history this summer when she became the first female music director of a major American orchestra. Her appointment reflects the changes in gender balance which have occurred in classical music over the past few decades, including in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/08_gehrkek_orchgenger/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 The Music Man marches into a Maple Grove backyard Since its premiere on Broadway in 1957, "The Music Man" has been staged by countless schools, community theatres and companies around the world. Now this musical story of a con man selling band instruments in River City, Iowa is being staged in a backyard in the Twin Cities suburb of Maple Grove. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/17_gehrkek_familyshow/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2005 00:01:00 -0500 The perils of Penelope, Lady Rich Minnesota native and internationnally accalimed early music singer Emily Van Evera has released a new CD focusing on Lady Penelope Rich, the tragic muse of the Elizabethan court. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/09_gehrkek_ladyrich/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2005 17:00:00 -0500 Osmo Vanska returns to the clarinet After several years away from the clarinet, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska makes his Orchestra Hall debut on the instrument in a Sommerfest chamber music performance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/28_gehrkek_vanska/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2005 01:00:00 -0500 The art of botany Botanical art is a tradition that goes back centuries. Despite the advent of digital photography, the documentation of plants by artists remains important to scientists. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/21_gehrkek_botanicart/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2005 00:25:00 -0500 Lorna Landvik leaves Minnesota in new novel In her new novel, "Oh My Stars," popular Minnesota author Lorna Landvik writes about a suicidal young woman who finds joy in life while traveling through the Depression-era Midwest, with an unlikely trio of musicians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/30_gehrkek_landvik/?refid=0 Sun, 29 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Turning odd sounds into music Learning to play music can be hard, but learning to compose can be even tougher. Twin Cities composer Libby Larsen has been working with some Apple Valley high school students for the past few months as they create seven brand new pieces. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/26_gehrkek_applevalley/?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 SPCO and U of M form new partnership The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and University of Minnesota School of Music have formed a new partnership that will include sharing a resident conductor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/18_gehrkek_spcoandu/?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2005 10:15:00 -0500 Nixon and Mao sing and dance In February 1972, President Richard Nixon changed the world when he visited China. It was the beginning of normalized relations between the U.S. and China. John Adams' 1987 opera, "Nixon in China," is being performed the next two weekends by The Minnesota Opera http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/12_gehrkek_nixoninchina/?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2005 17:26:00 -0500 Jamming with the SPCO Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano improvises with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. premiere of "A Man Descending." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/06_gehrkek_lovano/?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 03:00:00 -0500 Jeremy Walker continues his jazz mission It's been a little over a year since saxophonist Jeremy Walker's downtown St. Paul jazz club, Brilliant Corners, closed its doors. Walker is continuing his mission of developing jazz in the Twin Cities with the new Jazz is NOW! Orchestra. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/29_gehrkek_jazznow/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Prospect Park Players end musical adventures One of the Twin Cities' most highly regarded chamber music groups, the Prospect Park Players, is calling it quits this weekend after one final concert. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/14_gehrkek_prospectpark/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2005 16:00:00 -0500 Singing Hebrew along the Yellow Brick Road For the past few years the Talmud Torah School in St. Paul has presented Hebrew language versions of popular musicals. This week they're doing a newly-translated "Wizard of Oz." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/13_gehrkek_hebrewoz/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Singing "The Grapes of Wrath" John Steinbeck's classic novel of Depression-era America, "The Grapes of Wrath," has been adapted for the stage and film. Now the Minnesota Opera is in the process of turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning book into a full-scale opera. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/08_kerre_grapesofwrath/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Dancing with the Hinckley fire On Sept. 1, 1894, one of the worst forest fires in U.S. history destroyed the Minnesota logging town of Hinckley. The cyclone of fire shot flames miles in the air, and killed more than 400 people. The Great American History Theatre tells the story in its new production, "Fireball." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/11_kerre_fireball/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 17:18:00 -0600 Does the world really need another Beethoven's Fifth? It's perhaps the best known opening in classical music, the crashing chords of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The Minnesota Orchestra has released a new recording of the work. When many orchestras are recording less because of economic concerns, some are asking if there's really a need for another rendition of Beethoven's Fifth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/11_kerre_mnorchcd/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 A new overture for "The People's Room" This weekend the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra premiers a new overture to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the opening of the Minnesota State Capitol building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/07_newsroom_capitoltune/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2005 07:00:00 -0600