Minnesota Public Radio features by Steve Staruch http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30142 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:52:42 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Steve Staruch http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Music with Minnesotans: Norton Stillman Norton Stillman is the brains and the passion behind Nodin Press. He has been the head of the publishing company since 1967. Nodin specializes in Minnesota authors. Norton Stillman joins Steve Staruch to share stories from a lifetime of publishing, and an exciting personal playlist, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/15/music-with-minnesotans-norton-stillman?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The beauty of night With simplicity and grace, Schubert captures in sound the beauty of the night sky and the coming of summer. The men of the Mirandola Ensemble sing the the classic "Die Nacht." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/05/regional-spotlight-the-beauty-of-night?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Margie Nelson Simon In the early 1970s, Margie Simon was one of the first female band directors in the state. When that career came to an end, she used all her experience and storytelling talents to start a new career in public relations. She runs her own business. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/08/music-with-minnesotans-margie-nelson-simon?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Really Goode After the sustained ovation for his Frederic Chopin Society recital in April, pianist Richard Goode gave his audience an exuberant performance of Chopin's iconic 'Barcarolle.' You'll want to shout and cheer! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/07/regional-spotlight-really-goode?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: the Meachems Lucas Meachem is a Grammy-winning singer and actor. Irina Meachem is a pianist and vocal coach. They met in Minneapolis a few years ago when she was the rehearsal accompanist for the Mill City Opera. He was late to rehearsal because of a fishing trip. Still, they hit it off. While their careers take them all over the world, they call Minnesota home. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/01/music-with-minnesotans-the-meachems?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Music of Love and the Stars Jesus Silva's poetry is filled with words and phrases that ring in the imagination ("There is that star, -scintillating"). Minnesota guitarist and composer Jeffrey Van set Silva's poem Transformation ("like a trill of diamonds") for guitar quartet and mixed chorus. The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and the Choral Arts Ensemble performed the piece in March. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/31/regional-spotlight-music-of-love-and-the-stars?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Soulful! Soulful! When Twin Cities native Xavier Jara plays his guitar, time doesn't rush by so quickly and every moment is an invitation to beauty. His performance of the haunting Elegy, by Jeremy Collins, is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/01/regional-spotlight-soulful?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Baritone Lucas Meachem Grammy-winning baritone Lucas Meachem sings the demanding role of the monk Athanael in the Minnesota Opera production of Massenet's 'Thais.' He spoke with Steve Staruch about the preparation that goes into learning and acting the role. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/10/regional-spotlight-baritone-lucas-meachem?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: In Paradisum The Land of 10 Thousand Choirs segment of this month's Voices of Spring feature continues with a performance of the "In Paradisum" from the Requiem by contemporary British composer, Karl Jenkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/26/regional-spotlight-in-paradisum?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: St. John's Men's Choir Performed in traditional men's glee club style, the St. John's University Men's Chorus, led by Axel Theimer, sings the English folksong "The Sally Gardens." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/19/regional-spotlight-st-johns-mens-choir?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Daedalus Quartet explores the Beethoven/Tolstoy connection Members of the Daedalus Quartet join Steve Staruch in the studio to talk about their weekend concert in St. Cloud. The program features works inspired by the Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/06/the-beethoven/tolstoy-connection?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: A taste of flamenco Susanna di Palma thrives on flamenco. She's both a dancer and a choreographer, and directs her own company, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater. She's Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/30/music-with-minnesotans-a-taste-of-flamenco?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The serenity of tears The Rose Ensemble sings the Agnus Dei and Lux Aeterna from a Requiem by Tomas Luis de Victoria. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/29/regional-spotlight-the-serenity-of-tears?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Christina Baldwin Christina Baldwin enjoys the thrill of 'riding two career horses.' Baldwin is both a wonderful concert singer and a successful stage actor. She is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/23/music-with-minnesotans-christina-baldwin?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Bach's birthday afterglow The Bach birthday celebration continues with a performance of the 'Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor.' From a recent Frederic Chopin Society recital, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen imbues this piece with a singer's sense of breath and an architect's sense of order and definition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/22/regional-spotlight-bachs-birthday-afterglow?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Renaissance Choir In the 'Land of 10,000 Choirs' the Minnesota Renaissance Choir is one of the newest. Only in its second season, the choir, led by Jonathan Campbell, sings with clarity and finesse. From a recent performance, the Minnesota Renaissance Choir sings 'Gaude Virgo Mater Christi,' by Josquin de Prez. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/15/regional-spotlight-minnesota-renaissance-choir?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:15:00 -0500 Minnesota Opera finds revenge and innocence in 'Rigoletto' The stars of Minnesota Opera's production of Verdi's 'Rigoletto' join Steve Staruch in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio for a conversation about their roles. Baritone Olafur Sigurdarsen, soprano Marie-Eve Munger, and tenor Joshua Dennis share their insights about what makes 'Rigoletto' one of Verdi's most popular operas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/14/rigoletto-revenge-and-innocence?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Kristen Bruya Kristen Bruya's path to principal bass of the Minnesota Orchestra meandered a bit. But the power of the double bass and the satisfaction of laying down a bass line that had "a funky groove" was overwhelming. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/09/music-with-minnesotans-kristen-bruya?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:30:00 -0600 Like an Argentine Dancer: Piazzolla in the Regional Spotlight The faculty members of Bemidji State University are in the Regional Spotlight with Jennifer Higdon's 'Dash' and Astor Piazzolla's 'Lo Que Vendra' for flute and piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/16/like-an-argentine-dancer-piazzolla-in-the-regional-spotlight?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: A tribute to Bach Cesar Franck's 1885 "Prelude, Chorale and Fugue" is a tribute to the austerity, yet deep feeling nature of Bach. Juho Pohjonen's performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital in January is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/22/regional-spotlight-a-tribute-to-bach?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Twin Peaks of the English Renaissance In this week's Regional Spotlight are works from the Elizabethan era's 'twin peaks,' Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Both are heard in all their sweet glory with the Mirandola Ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/20/regional-spotlight-twin-peeks-of-the-english-renaissance?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: The Art of Flying with Sybarite5 In this week's Regional Spotlight, from a concert in Duluth a few seasons ago, Sybarite5 performs 'Yann's Flight,' by Shawn Conley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/30/regional-spotlight-the-art-of-flying-with-sybarite5?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:15:00 -0600 MacPhail shines a spotlight on the brilliance of Sondheim 'Flirting With Sondheim' shows off the brilliant lyrics and the musical finesse of one of America's greatest composers for the theater. The superb teaching and performing artists of MacPhail Center for Music join Steve Staruch for a preview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/06/flirting-with-sondheim?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Black History Month begins with CAE Rollo Dilworth's "Stand Upon the Rock" and Moses Hogan's "This Little Light of Mine" were recorded by the Choral Arts Ensemble in Rochester in a concert titled "Speaking Truth to Power." Rick Kvam leads his expert ensemble in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/01/regional-spotlight-black-history-month-begins-with-cae?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Most performed new opera of the 21st century 'Dead Man Walking' is the most produced new opera of the 21st century. The Minnesota Opera stages the piece starting this weekend. Soprano Karen Slack and mezzo Catherine Martin join Steve Staruch in the studio to talk about their emotional roles and sing two pieces. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/25/regional-spotlight-most-performed-new-opera-of-the-21st-century?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Saint-Saens to Melt Your Heart Tony Ross, Principal Cello with the Minnesota Orchestra, took center stage with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra for a performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1. The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, conductor Marleen Pauley, and soloist Tony Ross are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/11/regional-spotlight-saintsaens-to-melt-your-heart?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: A Community Saint-Saens Tony Ross, principal cello with the Minnesota Orchestra, takes center stage with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/11/regional-spotlight-a-community-saintsaens?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Peter Serkin 'sings' Mozart All seems right with the world in a most friendly and smiling way in the Mozart Piano Sonata No. 17. You won't be able to turn away from Peter Serkin's recent Frederic Chopin Society performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/04/regional-spotlight-peter-serkin-sings-mozart?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:15:00 -0600 What's your classical anthem for 2018? The New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start! What will your classical theme song be for 2018? Submit yours now, and then join us as we share them on the first Friday Favorites of the new year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/29/whats-your-classical-anthem-for-2018?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Sounds of the Season III The holiday season continues with concert recordings from earlier this month. Grand and glorious, they're all in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/28/sounds-of-the-season-iii?refid=0 Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:14:15 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Sounds of the Season II Today's Regional Spotlight features concert recordings, and newly produced recordings of holiday cheer from around Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/21/sounds-of-the-season-ii?refid=0 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Countertenor John Holiday A number of seasons ago the SPCO hired countertenor John Holiday for its annual 'Messiah' performances. He's back. Holiday joins Steve Staruch in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/14/regional-spotlight-countertenor-john-holiday?refid=0 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:15:00 -0600 Sounds of the Season! This month's Regional Spotlight features homegrown music makings for the holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/07/sounds-of-the-season?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:15:00 -0600 Of Barber's Timeless Darkness Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski performed with Accordo last month. One of the pieces on the program was Samuel Barber's setting of "Dover Beach," by English poet Matthew Arnold. Osowski's plaintive performance will give you shivers. In her rich-sounding voice, you will feel the timelessness of the sea. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/30/of-barbers-timeless-darkness?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:15:00 -0600 The art of writing (and cello playing)! Writer and professional musician Edward Kelsey Moore joins Steve Staruch during this week's Friday Favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/17/the-art-of-writing-and-cello-playing?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: The Warm Embrace of Chopin (Part 2) Zlata Chochieva has won top honors at 14 international piano competitions. Critics speak of her uncanny ability to bring a deep narrative element to all she performs. In this week's Regional Spotlight, Zlata Chochieva plays the second half of the Chopin Etudes, Op. 25. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/09/the-art-of-the-etude-part-2?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: The Warm Embrace of Chopin Pianist Zlata Chochieva played the Chopin Etudes Op 25 at a recent Frederic Chopin Society recital. On this week's Regional Spotlight, Chochieva's performance will embrace you. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/02/regional-spotlight-the-warm-embrace-of-chopin?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Ethan Larson Ethan Larson is the Program Director of the MOD Squad at Great River Rescue in Bemidji. The MOD Squad is a volunteer-based, behavior modification and training program for shelter dogs. To do this work you have to have a big heart. On this week's Music with Minnesotans, Ethan Larson shares a playlist as big as his heart. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/27/music-with-minnesotans-ethan-larson?refid=0 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Violin Fireworks Violinist Ilya Kaler is a violinist's violinist. He has won Gold Medals in the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Paganini Competitions. To hear him is to see fireworks. Kaler's performance of the Paganini with the Minnesota Sinfonia is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/26/violin-fireworks?refid=0 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Freya Richman Music permeates every aspect of writer and director Freya Richman's life. Richman is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/20/music-with-minnesotans-freya-richman?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0500 A Poem for Autumn Jordan Cox is a film composer and orchestrator. Cox's 'A Poem for Autumn' takes its name and inspiration from Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen's original work. On this week's Regional Spotlight, Marleen Pauley conducts the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra in a performance of this vividly colorful work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/19/a-poem-for-autumn?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Matthew Abernathy How do you get to the conductor's podium? You go through the kitchen. Matthew Abernathy was training to be chef and working as a sous chef when he turned his career around. Matthew Abernathy is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/13/music-with-minnesotans-matthew-abernathy?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Christina Ogata Christina Ogata is on the legal team for Education Minnesota. Her commitment to fairness and accountability is deeply ingrained. She's also a proud member of the St Paul Civic Symphony Orchestra. Her personal playlist is filled with the chamber music she loves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/06/music-with-minnesotans-christina-ogata?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Songs of Fernando Sor Two Twin Cities performers make musical magic in this week's Regional Spotlight. Guitarist Eva Beneke and mezzo-soprano Nerea Berraondo have just released a recording of songs by 19th-century guitarist and composer, Fernando Sor. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/05/songs-of-fernando-sor?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:16:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Music of Coolness Harpist Katherine Siochi performs The Aeolian Harp, a transcription of the original Chopin keyboard etude. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/20/the-music-of-coolness?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Health as Light: Beethoven Reviving The Piano Sonata No 31 was written while Beethoven recovered from a long illness. The composer's instructions are both in German -- 'wieder auflebend' (again reviving) -- and in Italian, 'poi a poi di nuovo vivente' (little by little with renewed vigor). Nikolay Khozyainov's performance of Sonata No. 31 from the Frederic Chopin Society is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/03/health-as-light-beethoven-reviving?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:20:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The "Ah!" of Summer The lake place can wait on the weekends when the Summer Singers are performing. The ensemble is in this week's Regional Spotlight with a performance of Daniel Elder's "A Breathing Peace. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/31/regional-spotlight-the-ah-of-summer?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:15:00 -0500 On the Weightlessness of Love Gravity takes a holiday at the end of the Arabesque by Robert Schumann. The music is marked 'Light and Delicate' (Liecht und Zart). Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor opened his February Frederic Chopin Society recital with this letter of love. Grosvenor's performance makes time and gravity stand still. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/01/on-the-weightlessness-of-love?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: An Ocean in Her Hands In this week's Regional Spotlight, you'll hear Beatrice Rana perform (a portion of) the Bach Goldberg Variations from a Frederick Chopin Society recital last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/11/an-ocean-in-her-hands?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: A Joyful Shout! The Bach Society of Minnesota concluded their last season with a performance of the Reformation cantata, 'Ein feste Burg,' Bach Cantata 80. The opening movement is Bach at his celebratory best. Trumpets sound as orchestra and chorus combine to make an ecstatic shout, a joyful noise. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/27/a-joyful-shout?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Calling all campers ... er, cellists! For the last seven years, Anna Clift and Laura Sewell have been the brains and the brawn behind the International Cello Institute for young cellists. The International Cello Institute also includes a recital series, including a performance by cellist Tanya Remenikova and pianist Ivan Konev. Hear it on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/20/calling-all-cellists-are-you-ready-to-camp?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: A Haydn Sunset Composed at the end of the 18th century when Haydn himself was approaching 70, the Opus 76 set of string quartets are the composer's summation in the genre. The Fry Street Quartet opened their Chamber Music Society of St Cloud performance with a vigorous reading of this quintessential Haydn work. Their performance is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/06/a-haydn-sunset?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:15:00 -0500 The Sighing and the Joy: Mankato Symphony Orchestra in the Regional Spotlight The Mankato Symphony Orchestra is a model for what a community orchestra can be. The ensemble is in and about the community it serves. In this week's Regional Spotlight, conductor Kenneth Freed leads the ensemble in 'Hebrew Melody' by Joseph Achron. The soloist is Israeli violinist Ittai Shapira. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/29/the-sighing-and-the-joy-mankato-symphony-orchestra-in-the-regional-spotlight-?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans&reg;: It's All About Timing Actor, director, fight choreographer and artistic director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn., Doug Scholz-Carlson lives in the volatile world of the theater. He thinks in dialogue and Shakespearean verse. And his personal playlist is all about the deep meaning of words and an actor's expert timing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/24/music-with-minnesotans-its-all-about-timing?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:30:00 -0500 Opportunity Knocks: Tony Yike Yang performs Chopin Opportunity knocked and Tony Yike Yang was ready. The young pianist was preparing for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition when the Frederic Chopin Society called. The pianist originally scheduled for the May 7 recital had cancelled; could Tony take her place? Tony's performance of the Chopin Sonata No. 2 is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/22/opportunity-knocks-tony-yang-performs-chopin?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: The Backstage (Hallelujah) Baby Becca Chapin is a theater professional who has worked backstage at the Guthrie and the Park Square theaters. She joins Steve Staruch for Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/16/music-with-minnesotans-the-backstage-hallelujah-baby-?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:30:00 -0500 Signature Sounds from Rochester's Choral Arts Ensemble The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester has had a new music commissioning series for more than a decade. The series has created a gold mine of attractive and memorable choral works, including Jake Runestad's 'My Song.' The Choral Arts Ensmble's new recording is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/11/signature-sounds-from-rochesters-choral-arts-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:20:00 -0500 Listening to the Language of Structure For most of her adult life, the word Nancy Holland most often associated with classical music was 'boring'! But her personal playlist includes the Schubert Quintet, the piece that marked a newfound passion for classical music, as well as works by Dvorak and Rachmaninov. Nancy Holland is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/09/listening-to-the-language-of-structure?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Nacht Bach Cellist Matt Haimovitz has been playing and performing the Bach Cello Suite for his entire career. More recently he's been adding works inspired by Bach including John Corigliano's 'Fancy on a Bach Air.' The Corigliano opened a recent Haimovitz recital at St John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; hear that performance on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/16/nacht-bach?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:20:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Terry Blain, Words and Enthusiasm You can call Terry Blain many things: music journalist, reviewer, promoter, teacher ... but don't call him a critic! Terry Blain is a new Minnesotan, and he shares a few pieces on his personal playlist and tells Steve Staruch why the word 'critic' doesn't at all describe what he does or tries to be. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/02/music-with-minnesotans-terry-blain-writer-and-music-enthusiast?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:30:00 -0500 All In One Note (the Soul of Humanity) Ernest Bloch's 'Schelomo' will be performed this weekend by the Minnesota Orchestra. The soloist, Tony Ross, joins Steve Staruch in the studio to talk about this important and deeply emotional work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/31/the-soul-of-humanity-in-one-note?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 14:45:00 -0500 Make a request for Friday Favorites Each Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., host Steve Staruch presents four hours of classical music based on listener requests. Start your weekend with the classical or choral music you love. Make a request, then tune in to Friday Favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/19/make-a-request-for-friday-favorites?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2017 12:50:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Fiddle or Violin? Violinist Ariana Kim grew up in the Twin Cities, and she now has a flourishing career as a chamber musician throughout the country. Her newest recording includes her own arrangement of the Bill Monroe fiddle tune, 'Wheel Hoss.' It's in the Regional Spotlight this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/16/regional-spotlight-fiddle-or-violin?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2017 14:15:00 -0500 The Monumental and the Intimate: Monteverdi at 450! The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 inhabits that rarefied world of works that are both monumental and intimate. Steve Staruch is joined by Garrick Comeaux and Kathy Romey to talk about this incredible work. Consortium Carissimi is scheduled for three performances of the Monteverdi Vespers this weekend in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/10/the-monumental-and-the-intimate-monteverdi-at-450?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2017 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet introduce a new work The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet are preparing for a summer tour of China. Steve Staruch welcomes MGQ into the studio for a 'sneak peek' at the new work and a conversation about their upcoming tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/04/minneapolis-guitar-quartet-introduce-a-new-work?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Singing Across the Waters: the Twin Ports Choral Project The Twin Ports Choral Project sing to inspire ... and they do! Bret Amundsen leads the TPCP in Stephen Paulus' warm and heartfelt setting of 'Arise My Love.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/27/singing-across-the-waters-the-twin-ports-choral-project?refid=0 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Solace for the Dark Journey: the Rose Ensemble sings Victoria The Victoria Requiem Mass is a spectacular work; the overall effect is one of serenity in the face of grief. In this week's Regional Spotlight, The Rose Ensemble sings the Sanctus and Agnus Dei from this highly regarded masterpiece. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/13/solace-for-the-dark-journey-the-rose-ensemble-sings-victoria?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: A Grief Consoled In this week's Regional Spotlight, from a performance given last month, Exultate, led by Thomas Rossin, sing the final movement of the Brahms' A German Requiem, 'Blessed are Those that Die in the Lord.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/06/regional-spotlight-a-grief-consoled?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Bach Around the Block: a marathoner's Music with Minnesotans&reg; It started with a walk around the block. Julie Balamut just wanted to get in shape. Training for her 25th marathon Julie shares an all-Bach playlist on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/31/bach-around-the-block-a-marathoners-music-with-minnesotans?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Bach Breaks Bread In this week's Regional Spotlight, hear the opening of Bach Cantata 39, "Give the Hungry Your Bread," from a concert given earlier this season by the Bach Society of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/27/bach-breaks-bread?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:20:00 -0500 Chinglish: A Chinese Virtuoso in Minnesota Pipa virtuoso Gao Hong is celebrating 45 years as a professional musician (and 23 years as a Minnesotan) with the world-premiere of a multi-media show 'Chinglish.' It's a serious yet comic look at the clash of cultures Gao has experienced in Minnesota. She spoke with Steve Staruch about the project and performed a number of ancient and original works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/22/chinglish-a-chinese-woman-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans&reg;: Mezzo, Mezzo! Every baseball team needs one, a utility player. The player who can bat left or right, play outfield or infield. The player who's never quite the hero, but always there when the team is in need. That's how Clara Osowski describes her role as a mezzo soprano. She's Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans, conversations and music with those who make the music and those who enjoy the music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/17/music-with-minnesotans-mezzo-mezzo?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:45:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans&reg;: Roderick Cox Roderick Cox is the Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. How does he prepare for his performances and what does he see as the prime mission of a conductor? Roderick Cox shares a few thoughts on conducting, along with some of his favorite orchestra pieces, as Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/10/music-with-minnesotans-roderick-cox?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:45:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: The Feeling of Moonlight Young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is a great performer. His recent Frederick Chopin Society recital included the Beethoven Sonata No. 14. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/09/the-feeling-of-moonlight?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:15:00 -0600 The Walls Themselves Sing Out: the Rose Ensemble performs Rose Ensemble's performance of the Introit and Kyrie from a Victoria Mass given in La Crosse, Wis., last November is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/09/the-walls-themselves-sing-out-the-rose-ensemble-performs?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:20:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Party at Mozart's! Mozart's apartment in Vienna was the scene of wonderful music parties. It's most likely that the first performance of the Mozart Flute Quartets took place in this cozy venue. A chummy performance of the Flute Quartet No. 1 by Accordo with flutist Julia Bogorad-Kogan is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/21/party-at-mozarts?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:20:00 -0600 The Bach-Mozart Connection Mozart visited Leipzig in the spring of 1789. Astonished by Bach's genius, Mozart asked to visit the St. Thomas library. Part of the fruit of Mozart's study was a collection of string-trio transcriptions of the Bach Preludes and Fugues. In this week's Regional Spotlight, hear the Bach/Mozart partnership as performed by Accordo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/26/the-bach-mozart-connection?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:20:00 -0600 Loving the Details All seems right with the world in the Mozart Piano Sonata No 12. For this week's Regional Spotlight, Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi will have you believing the world is a better place with his Chopin Society performance of the Mozart No. 12. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/12/loving-the-details?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:20:00 -0600 Still Bright and Merry: Holiday Regional Spotlight As the holiday season draws to a close, the joyful sounds continue on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/29/still-bright-and-merry-holiday-regional-spotlight?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Christmas at Luther Nearly 800 students take part in music ensembles at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The theme of this year's Christmas at Luther Celebration is 'Out of Darkness, Light,' and the concert involves six choral groups, the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, the college organist, and The Luther Ringers handbell choir. This year's concert broadcast takes on extra poignancy given the Dec. 21, 2016, passing of longtime Luther choral director Weston Noble. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/22/christmas-at-luther?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:00:00 -0600 Bright and Merry: Holiday Regional Spotlight 3 Colder December temperatures mean lots of warm, spirited, holiday music-making in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/22/bright-and-merry-holiday-regional-spotlight-3?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Concordia Christmas Classical MPR is pleased to present Christmas at Concordia, a celebration of music for the Christmas season that draws on traditional and contemporary choral traditions from across the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/21/concordia-christmas-?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:00:00 -0600 Merry and Bright: Holiday Regional Spotlight 2 In this week's Regional Spotlight, Classical MPR continues with seasonal performances from around the area this December, with performances by the Valley Chamber Chorale, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet and the Lumina ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/15/merry-and-bright-holiday-regional-spotlight-2?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Introducing Thibaut Garcia Thibaut Garcia joined Steve Staruch in the studio. Just 22 years old, but already an accomplished master, Garcia will perform a number of works from his newest recording, 'Leyendas'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/09/introducing-thibaut-garcia?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0600 Bright and Merry: Holiday Regional Spotlight 1 'Tis the season for newly released holiday recordings from local ensembles. What's old is new again in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/08/bright-and-merry-holiday-regional-spotlight-1?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0600 Sweet Singing in the Choir Highlights from the annual Christmas concert with the National Lutheran Choir (recorded in 2015) at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis are in this week's Regional Spotlight. There are cheery works for harp and choir by Benjamin Britten, Michael Praetorius and Peter Conte. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/01/sweet-singing-in-the-choir?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Haydn/Seek The Haydn Opus 50 No. 1 quartet was on the program this past Saturday, Nov. 12, with the Verona Quartet performing in St Cloud. That performance is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/17/regional-spotlight-haydn-seek?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Tembembe Ensemble: Through the Thin Places With a wide array of percussion instruments, including the jawbone of a horse, Tembembe combines the music of the Mexican Baroque with contemporary music of Latin America. Steve Staruch joined Tembembe in the Classical MPR studios for a live mini-concert. That performance and conversation is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/10/tembembe-ensemble-through-the-thin-places?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Dog bites dress! A late-18th-century music theorist described F-sharp minor as a 'gloomy key which tugs at passion like a dog biting a dress.' So why does Haydn's only piano trio in F-sharp minor sound so playful? The Morgenstern Trio chews through the piece from a performance at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/28/dog-bites-dress-morgenstern-trio?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Of Twists and Turns and Autumn Counterpoint Max Reger's music is a playful kaleidoscope of autumn colors. From a May Twin Cities American Guild of Organists' Reger Centenary concert, clarinetist Paul Schimming and pianist Stephen Self perform the Clarinet Sonata No. 1 by Max Reger http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/20/of-twists-and-turns-and-autumn-counterpoint?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Singing the Vox Nova Way Vox Nova Choral meets every summer to promote young talented singers, composers and conductors. Highlights from an all-women-composers' program is this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/29/singing-the-vox-nova-way?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Second Verse, Same as the First The Sinfonia from Bach Cantata 42, performed by the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, led by Andrew Altenbach, is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/21/second-verse-same-as-the-first?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Introducing Matthias Maute Matthias Maute is the new Artistic Director of the Bach Society of Minnesota. Maute spoke with Steve Staruch in anticipation of his first concerts with the Bach Society of Minnesota this weekend, Sept. 22, 23 and 25. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/20/introducing-matthias-maute?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0500 Thirty Years of Beauty! Steve Staruch hosts the Artaria String Quartet in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. The Artaria begins its 30th season this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/15/thirty-years-of-beauty?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Of Heroines and Heroes Ancient characters like Queen Dido and the heroine Lucretia are given sensuous musical treatment in a collection of works for two flutes titled 'The Faithful Music Master.' A Chamber Music Society of St Cloud performance with international flutist Bartold Kuijken and friends from around Minnesota is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/08/of-heros-and-heroines?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:20:00 -0500 The Eye of the Storm: Beethoven All in Himself The score of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 is marked with phrases like, 'with innermost sensibility' and 'slow and longingly.' Pianist Roman Rabinovich plays just like that. His performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given last month is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/16/the-eye-of-the-storm-beethoven-all-in-himself?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Sweet Winds Blow The Minnesota State Fair opens today, and this week's Regional Spotlight features a playful and cheerful wind quintet by Anton Reicha, performed by the Midic Winds. If wind players could chuckle while they play, you'd hear laughter coming from the stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/25/sweet-winds-blow?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:20:00 -0500 A Pas de Deux for the Hands Benjamin Grosvenor's performance of Rameau's Gavotte and Variations from a Schubert Club International Artist Series recital is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/18/a-pas-de-deux-for-the-hands?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Going to the Source! The Source Song Festival is going on all this week in the Twin Cities. Steve Staruch speaks with one of the festival founders, Clara Osowski, and renowned Swedish baritone Hakan Hagegard about the events and goings-on at the Source Song Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/10/going-to-the-source?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0500 The Mozart/Beethoven connection When Beethoven's patron encouraged him to receive the spirit of Mozart, he may have had the Mozart Fantasy in C minor in mind. It is a dark-sounding work that will remind you of Beethoven's most soulful works. A performance by Pavel Kolesnikov from a Frederic Chopin Society recital is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/27/regional-spotlight-pavel-kolesnikov?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Angel Tears What's so special about a string quartet with an added double bass? Well, when the ensemble is Sybarite5, sparks fly. From a performance in Duluth, Sybarite5 plays Astor Piazzolla's 'Tears of an Angel.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/21/angel-tears?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Brasil Guitar Duo Their performances are golden as they play as one. With rhythmic drive and a sensuous sound, the Brasil Guitar Duo always have fans saying, 'Wow!' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/16/regional-spotlight-brasil-guitar-duo?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:20:00 -0500 David Hurley: Singing the High Notes David Hurley has sung the highest vocal parts with his colleagues in the King's Singers for 26 seasons. As Hurley prepares for retirement, he spoke with Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/30/david-hurley-singing-the-high-notes?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:10:00 -0500 Dvorak's Tears (with a chaser) Dvorak's Dumky Trio has been described as an uninhibited Bohemian lament and a dark fantasia. You'll be in awe with Accordo's performance of the Dvorak Dumky Trio. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/30/dvoraks-tear-with-a-chaser?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Haydn for Three Haydn's final three Piano Trios were dedicated to Therese Jansen. She must have been a virtuoso, as Haydn didn't hold back when composing the piano parts in these trios for her. The multiple award-winning Lysander Piano Trio performs the Haydn Piano Trio no. 44 from a Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/10/haydn-for-three?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:20:00 -0500 The Gauchos of GTCYS! Steve Staruch speaks with Juliana Kilcoyne and Mitchell Rodoll of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Both will be blogging about next week's GTCYS trip to Argentina. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/09/the-gauchos-of-gycys?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:40:00 -0500 Zodiac Rising Gian Carlo Menotti is best known for his operas. In this week's Regional Spotlight the Zodiac Trio perform Menotti's character filled Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/02/zodiac-rising?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:31:00 -0500 Haydn's Little Opera for the Fingers It's like a little opera, the Piano Sonata No. 34 by Haydn. One of only a handful of keyboard works in a minor key, the piece is filled with fleet and serene-like themes. A performance with Hungarian pianist Denes Varjon from his Frederic Chopin Society recital this past February is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/31/haydns-little-opera-for-the-fingers?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Breathing Serenity Deeply David Cherwin leads the National Lutheran Choir in the serene Samuel Wesley anthem, 'Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace.' Here's a performance that will allow you to simply breathe and breathe deeply. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/12/breathing-serenity-deeply?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2016 14:20:00 -0500 A Spring romp....on the (slightly) wild side! This week's Regional Spotlight focuses on the Mediterranean. The Musical Offering performs Hugo Wolf's Italian Serenade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/17/a-spring-rompon-the-slightly-wild-side?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 14:20:00 -0500 For the Love of Each Note From a recent performance with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra led by Delta David Gier, Arvo Part's haunting Trisagion is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/28/for-the-love-of-each-note?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:30:00 -0500 Into the Wild with the Greater Twin Cites Youth Symphonies GTCYS is on its way to Argentina this summer, and the ensemble will take a new work with it. 'Into the Wild,' by Minnesota born composer Jacob Bancks, receives its premiere this weekend! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/21/into-the-wild-with-the-greater-twin-cites-youth-symphonies?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:45:00 -0500 Voices of Light Composer Richard Einhorn is best known for 'Voices of Light,' the score that was retroactively set to the silent film, 'The Passion of Joan of Arc.' Richard Einhorn joined Steve Staruch in the studio to talk about this modern masterpiece. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/15/voices-of-light?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:00:00 -0500 Schubert's Sweet Sadness Steve Osborne is a favorite with audiences worldwide and a favorite with the Frederic Chopin Society. Osborne's performance this past March at the Mairs Concert Hall of the Franz Schubert Impromptu No. 1 in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/14/schuberts-sweet-sadness?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Clever is as Clever Does Clever is as clever does. And Benjamin Britten was one of the cleverest. Britten took a theme by one of his early teachers, Frank Bridge, working it into a march, a waltz, a romance, and the list goes on. Britten's 'Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge' with Kremerata Baltica from an Ordway performance last year is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/29/clever-is-as-clever-does?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Bach to Bach Beloved former concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Jorja Fleezanis was back in the Twin Cities to perform with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble. Highlights from that performance including the Brandenburg Concert No. 4 are in this week's Regional Spotlight http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/24/bach-to-bach?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:20:00 -0500 The Flavors of Spain: The International Spanish Music Festival Steve Staruch speaks with several participants in the Twin Cities' first-ever International Spanish Music Festival. Prepare to feel the heat of passion and the soul of Spain as mezzo Nerea Berraondo performs several of the songs from a recital that will close the festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/26/the-flavors-of-spain-the-international-spanish-music-festival?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:50:00 -0600 Antiquity Speaks: The National Lutheran Choir perform the Britten Te Deum Simple and serene, the Britten Te Deum finds a modern-day champion in the National Lutheran Choir, led by David Cherwin in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/25/antiquity-speaks-the-national-lutheran-choir-perform-the-britten-te-deum?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Of the Mystical and Marvelous: The Rose Ensemble in Paris The Saint-Chapelle in Paris is a mystical and marvelous place, and the music it inspired will transport you. Jordan Sramek and the Rose Ensemble join Steve Staruch to talk about this weekend's program of French choral gems. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/18/of-the-mystical-and-marvelous-the-rose-ensemble-in-paris?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:50:00 -0600 Bach ON! There are so many facets to J.S. Bach's personality. You hear these in his music. The Bach Keyboard Partita No. 6 in a performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital with pianist Nelson Goerner is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/18/bach-on?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Bach the Extrovert: a conversation with Jorja Fleezanis Jorja Fleezanis, the beloved former concert master of the Minnesota Orchestra, joins Steve Staruch to talk about her upcoming performances with the Bach Ensemble of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/19/bach-the-extrovert-a-conversation-with-jorja-fleezanis?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:11:59 -0600 Living in the Light of Sorrow In a dark and melancholy mood, Dvorak mourned the death of his young child with his Piano Trio No. 2. A performance by the Vienna Piano Trio from a concert given in Sauk Rapids, Minn., is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/11/living-in-the-light-of-sorrow?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Melt-Your-Heart Mendelssohn The Danish String Quartet's performance of the Mendelssohn String Quartet Op 13 from a recent Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud concert will have you believing that Spring is indeed right around the corner. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/04/meltyourheart-mendelssohn?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:20:00 -0600 A Concert for Hope: Sonomento and the Red Cross Craig Fields, music director of MacPhail's adult choral ensemble Sonomento, joins Steve Staruch to talk about the group and their upcoming concert in collaboration with the American Red Cross to promote refugee relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/28/a-concert-for-hope-sonomento-and-the-red-cross?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:50:00 -0600 Beethoven for Three In this week's Regional Spotlight, hear members of Accordo performing the Beethoven String Trio Op. 9 No. 1, from a performance at Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/28/beethoven-for-three?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:20:00 -0600 The Frog Wore a Veil David Gonzales is the star of a stage adaptation of a Russian folktale, 'The Frog Bride', currently at the Children's Theater Company. Gonzales joins Steve Staruch in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/22/the-frog-wore-a-veil?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:00:00 -0600 Bach is Bach is Bach is.... An iconic piece for solo violin in an historic transcription get a superb rendering from a recent Frederic Chopin Society performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/21/bach-is-bach-is-bach-is?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:20:00 -0600 A (contemporary) Brahms Companion Music for Clarinet and Strings by Twin Cities composer Randy Bauer in a performance with Osmo Vanska and members of the Minnesota Orchestra is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/14/a_contemporary_brahms_companion?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Schubert Sings (without words) Alexander Gavrylyuk's performance of the Piano Sonata in A by Franz Schubert from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given last November is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/07/schubert-sings-without-words?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Homegrown for the Holidays III Bright and Merry, and, this week, contemplative music for the season from three wonderful choral ensembles: The Great River Choral (St. Cloud), the National Lutheran Choir (Twin Cities) and the Choral Arts Ensemble (Rochester). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/24/homegrown-for-the-holidays-iii?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Three Merry Melodies This week's Regional Spotlight features holiday performances by three local ensembles: the Gregorian Singers, the Augsburg Masterworks Chorale, and Lumina. Merry indeed! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/17/regional-spotlight-three-merry-melodies?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:50:00 -0600 Home Grown for the Holidays II Thursday afternoon on Classical MPR's Regional Spotlight, enjoy more holiday performances from around the region. This week, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies perform part of the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker with choral classics from Two Rivers Choral and Vox Nova. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/10/home-grown-for-the-holidays-ii?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:20:00 -0600 For the Love of Friday Favorites Mike Ries and Jing Yu were engaged this past summer. Their relationship began with Classical MPR's Friday Favorites! (You can't make this up.) Mike and Jing's unusual love story and "their songs" are what Music with Minnesotans is all about this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/08/for-the-love-of-friday-favorites?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:50:00 -0600 Home-grown for the Holiday! During December, the Regional Spotlight focuses on holiday performances from throughout the state. This week, we look to Rochester, Minn., for a performance by the Choral Arts Ensemble and Minnesota Symphonic Winds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/03/homegrown-for-the-holiday?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:20:00 -0600 Fishing by Moonlight Max Brummel is the Finance Director for Ecolab's International Regions. Between job and family, Max also finds time to fish, home-brew and study theoretical physics. Music accompanies all these activities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/fishing-by-moonlight?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:50:00 -0600 In Pursuit of Beauty and Truth Ann Jurewicz is a born teacher. She's the principal of the German Immersion School in St. Paul. Combining her passion for learning and the arts, she also teaches a popular Community Education class titled, 'In Search of Beauty and Truth.' Her playlist is just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/24/in-pursuit-of-beauty-and-truth?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:50:00 -0600 Choral Arts Ensemble Swings! The Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble can swing! You'll hear highlights from their most recent Singer Showcase concert including the Kirby Shaw jazz arrangement of 'Without a Song.' The Choral Arts Ensemble, led by Rick Kvam, is in the Regional Spotlight http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/19/choral-arts-ensemble-swings?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:20:00 -0600 A Passion for the Cello (Hidden and Revealed) Warren Mack is the chair of the Minnesota Orchestra. Most guests on Music with Minnesotans bring in their favorite recordings. Mack is bringing in his favorite cellist, Tony Ross, principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra. Cello favorites and a chat about our great orchestra are on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/17/a_passion_for_the_cello_hidden_and_revealed?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:50:00 -0600 The Sounds of Home The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, GTCYS, performs the Largo movement from the Dvorak Symphony No. 9 , From the New World, from a recent performance at Orchestra Hall. Mark Russell Smith conducts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/12/the-sounds-of-home?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:20:00 -0600 Sweet Singing in the Choir: A Poet's Journey Founder of the the creative writing program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn., poet and avid choral singer Kris Bigalk reads a few of her works and shares her simply beautiful playlist on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/19/sweet-singing-in-the-choir-a-poets-journey?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:50:00 -0600 A Remarkable "Quest" The world premiere of 'Quest' by Robert Spittal with the 2015 Concordia College High School Honor Band is nothing short of glorious. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/04/a-remarkable-quest?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:20:00 -0600 Toren's Terrific Travels John Toren is a book designer. He's also an award-winning blogger, and the author of the travel book, 'The Seven States of Minnesota.' His playlist is as far reaching as his travels. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/03/torens-terrific-travels?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:20:00 -0600 The Inquisitive Trucker Hold this image in your mind: A trucker is driving down the highway with his windows down. The rock music coming from his speakers is so loud that he can't even hear the wind that's blowing through his long, wild hair. That trucker is James Cadwell. He tells stories from the road with a classical playlist that's a bit more tame. But just a bit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/27/the-inquisitive-trucker?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:50:00 -0500 The (Baroque) Flute Sings! Kindred spirits, flutist Wilbert Hazelzet and harpsichordist, Jacque Ogg make Bach sing in a performance of the Flute Sonata in b minor. It's like an autumn pen and ink drawing. There are shades and shadows with moments of bright sunshine. Their performance is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/22/the-baroque-flute-sings?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:20:00 -0500 With a Norske Eye (and Ear) Ask Erik Pratt about renewable energy and prepare yourself for a passionate response. Ask him about ballroom dancing, choral music or Edvard Grieg and you'll get the same: passion, passion, passion. He's a passionate guy, Erik Pratt. His playlist is an invitation to see the heart of Norway. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/20/with-a-norske-eye-and-ear?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:50:00 -0500 Fresh Talented Fields: Vox Nova Vox Nova is a summer choral ensemble directed by Vicki Peters. The singers in Vox Nova are involved in all aspects of the choral art. Some conduct, some compose, some hone their skills as choral music teachers. Highlights from this summer's Vox Nova experience are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/15/fresh-talented-fields-vox-nova?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Tattoo? You, Too? Emilie Robinson is a local tattoo artist with a French-inspired playlist. She grew up in France and in Ireland, where centuries of history were never far away from school and work. Emilie's playlist transcends time and distance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/13/tattoo-you-too?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:30:00 -0500 Keep Your Shoes On! Minnesota Sinfonia plays Rossini The Minnesota Sinfonia, led by Jay Fishman, performs the Rossini Cinderella Overture. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/20/regional-spotlight-the-minnesota-sinfonia?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:20:00 -0500 The Color of a Scientist's Dreams Taylor Passofaro is the scientist he always dreamed he'd be when he was a kid. He's 23. He sees beauty everywhere, as his playlist attests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/12/the-color-of-a-scientists-dreams?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:30:00 -0500 Of Clarinets and Catapults He blows things up. She calms things down. Bill Gurstelle and Karen Hansen share a couple's playlist on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/29/of_clarinets_and_catapults?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:20:00 -0500 Studies in High Art This week's Regional Spotlight features pianist Lukas Vondracek from a Chopin Society recital given last October. Vondracek performs the monumental and embracing Symphonic Etudes by Robert Schumann. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/24/studies-in-high-art?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:20:00 -0500 For a public defender, it's always a work in progress Jennifer Workman Jesness is a public defender. It is a bit ironic that one of her favorite pieces of music is the 'March to the Scaffold' from the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique. Jennifer will cross-examine the reasons for that piece and share the rest of her personal playlist on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/22/for-a-public-defender-its-always-a-work-in-progress?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:50:00 -0500 Pacific Reveries with the Rose Ensemble The Rose Ensemble performs highlights from its Greater Minnesota touring show, 'The Last Queen of Hawaii.' Listening to this music will make you feel the surf reaching for your toes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/21/pacific-reveries-with-the-rose-ensemble?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:00:00 -0500 The Amazing Nightingale Trio The Nightingale Trio speaks with Steve Staruch in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in anticipation of its performances this weekend in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/18/the-amazing-nightingale-choir?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:30:00 -0500 Profound Playful Prokofiev In this week's Regional Spotlight, the Artaria String Quartet perform a 20th-century work from last season. The Prokofiev String Quartet No. 2 is based on folk songs from the Caucasus Mountains. It's a lively and earthy work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/17/profound-playful-prokofiev?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Looking at Everyday Beauty Camille Verzal is writer, a blogger, a traveler, a communications consultant, a runner,and a photographer. She like to push herself physically, but always comes home to music that is serene and comforting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/15/looking-at-everyday-beauty?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:50:00 -0500 Student and Sybarite II Earlier this year, the ensemble Sybarite5 workshopped several new works by student composers at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. This week's Regional Spotlight is the second installment of new music from Luther College. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/10/student-and-sybarite-ii?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Fringe Opera does "Don G" As the Twin Cities Fringe Opera prepares for a performance of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni', Steve Staruch spoke with co-executive director Colleen Meier about the company and the production. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/09/fringe-opera-does-don-g?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 16:00:00 -0500 Smartypants with a Romantic Heart It's not that James Lileks sees different things than you or me, he just sees them differently. Lileks is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/08/smartypants-with-a-romantic-heart?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 16:20:00 -0500 The Student and the Sybarite Earlier this year, the ensemble Sybarite5 worked with student composers at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The musicians of Sybarite5 were so impressed with these student composers that they decided to perform all of these student works. Over the next two weeks, Classical MPR brings you these student composer pieces . http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/03/the-student-and-the-sybarite?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Up with the Lights: An Artist in New York Susan Wagner is a painter. She learned about the craft of painting from the New York City filmmakers she knew and worked with. Susan shares some of her favorite classical music with Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/14/up-with-the-lights-an-artist-in-new-york?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Singing Saxophones Russian Style The Ancia Saxophone Quartet give a stylish performance of the 'Canzona and Variations' from the Alexander Glazunov Saxophone Quartet. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/27/singing-saxophones-russian--style?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Doctor, Doctor, Detective, Detective Carl Lundstrom is a specialist in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. A cancer survivor, Carl has a special place on his playlist for choral music. Carl is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/05/music-with-minnesotans-carl-lundstrom?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:20:00 -0500 From Heart to Tender Heart: Beethoven the Delicate Miro String Quartet perform the Beethoven sixth quartet with an inspired restraint. Their technical finesse is especially noticeable in the final movement, where the composer's instruction is: 'This piece is to be played with the greatest delicacy.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/20/from-heart-to-tender-heart-beethoven-the-delicate?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:20:00 -0500 For the love of sax and singing! Ben and Maria Hanson of Rochester, Minn., share stories and a sax-centric playlist on Music with Minnesotans. You'll be fascinated by their recollections about how music kept them focused during Ben's deployment to Iraq a few years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/20/music-with-minnesotans-maria-and-ben-hanson?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Mozart in Beethoven's hands Modeled after one of Beethoven's favorite Mozart quartets (which Beethoven himself copied by hand), the Beethoven Op 18 No. 5 is a romp of a work. The Miro Quartet certainly thinks so. You'll hear its performance from a Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/13/mozart-in-beethovens-hands?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:20:00 -0500 The Good the Bad and the Buggie Sabrina Hymel studies urban bugs. She describes herself as a boomerang Minnesotan. Sabrina is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/17/music-with-minnesotans-sabrina-hymel?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Finding Their Voice: Why They Sing The Summer Singers recently completed their season: Why We Sing. Russell Adrian leads the Summer Singers in two works, "I will Lift Mine Eyes" by Jake Runestad, and a newly commissioned piece by Joshua Shank, "This is Why We Sing." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/06/finding-their-voice-why-they-sing?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Bach at the Center: Introducing pianist Reed Tetzloff Pianist Reed Tetzloff was one of 12 semi-finalists in the most recent Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. He spoke with Steve Staruch about his budding career as a pianist and shares musical highlights from his performances in Moscow. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/05/bach-at-the-center-introducing-pianist-reed-tetzloff?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:50:00 -0500 Every Day a New Beginning: Music in the Autism Spectrum Jenn Deyo's six-year-old son, Abe, is on the autism spectrum. Classical music helps the entire family be more integrated. On this week's Music with Minnesotans, Jenn shares a playlist that's enjoyed by her whole family. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/10/music-with-minnesotans-jenn-and-abe-deyo?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Oh! Passionate Youth: The YMM Story YMM (Young Musicians of Minnesota) astound with a performance from their Summer Festival in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/30/oh-passionate-youth-the-ymm-story?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Defying gravity: A dancer speaks Michael Robins is the founder of the Illusion Theater. Robins is an artist and a businessman who came to theater through his studies in dance. His stories and his playlist take center stage in this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/03/music-with-minnesotans-michael-robins?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Symphonies and chamber music and opera, oh my! Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward are the brains and the talent behind the Lakes Area Music Festival, which begins this coming weekend in the communities in and around Brainerd, Minn. Lykins and Ward are Steve Staruch's guests in this week's the Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/20/symphonies-and-chamber-music-and-opera--oh-my?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Classics for all! Robert Ball has worked in Emergency Medical Services for more than 30 years. His eclectic playlist includes works by Bach AND Sousa. Ball is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/16/music-with-minnesotans-robert-ball?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Beethoven in c (minor) The theorists tell us that a composer shares his most intimate thoughts in the key of c minor. Beethoven bears his teeth in a performance of his String Quartet No. 4 with the Miro Quartet from a Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/16/beethoven-in-c-minor?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:35:00 -0500 Is this Beethoven's Mexican Hat Dance? The Miro Quartet performs the Beethoven String Quartet No. 3 from the Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/09/beethovens-mexican-hat-dance-?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:20:00 -0500 All that Patters Wally Benbenek is a computer guy by day, a Gilbert and Sullivan star by night. His life is like a patter song. Wally is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/06/music-with-minnesotans-wally-benbenek?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:20:00 -0500 A Summer Copland Treat Members of the faculty of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) School of Music, pianist Tyler Wottrich and flutist Catherine Gregory, perform 'Flowing' from the Copland Sonata for Flute and Piano from a performance recorded at NDSU in Fargo, N.D., earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/30/a-summer-copland-treat?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:20:00 -0500 The Doctor (and singer-songwriter) will See You Now Dan Yoon is a medical doctor and a singer-songwriter. His playlist is filled with the music that has informed his life. Dr. Yoon is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/09/music-with-minnesotans-dan-yoon?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Tine's Trumpet Tunes Tine Thing Helseth performs the Seven Popular Spanish Songs by Manuel de Falla. Hear her performance, recorded at a recent Twin Cities recital, on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/25/tine-thing-helseth-trumpet-tunes?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Finding the Joy: A Guitar Connection Gary Lee Joyner has the heart of a teacher. His classical playlist is filled with music that transports him. Gary is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/14/music-with-minnesotans-gary-lee-joyner?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Sensuous and (a bit) Wicked Joel Frederiksen joined Steve Staruch to talk about the early music program at the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/18/sensuous-and-a-bit-wicked?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:15:00 -0500 Radically Simple: The Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 Charles Rosen describes the Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 as "radically simple." A performance from the Frederic Chopin Society with pianist Nikolay Khozyainov is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/18/radically-simple-the-beethoven-piano-sonata-no-31?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Bassoon with a View! Kate Cimino works at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs; she's also an amateur bassoonist and her bassoon-centric playlist will delight you. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/18/music-with-minnesotans-kate-cimino?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Beethoven for Two David Finckel and Wu Han perform the Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 from the Schubert Club/Music in the Park recital series. Hear the performance on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/11/beethoven-for-two?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:20:00 -0500 The Ultimate playlist! Kevin Held likes to move. His passion is Ultimate Frisbee. It's a fast-moving, highly paced game. Kevin's playlist is moves a bit slower. Listen to it on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/07/music-with-minnesotans-kevin-held?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Sound Design 101: Where Are We Now? Young sound designer Inna Skogerboe is this week's guest on Music with Minnesotans. She promises to include a few sound-design components in the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/11/music-with-minnesotans-inna-skogerboe?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Beethoven the Lion! Sometimes it's good to revisit a performance because it is so good. In this week's Regional Spotlight the Miro String Quartet perform the Beethoven Op 18 No. 2 from a Chamber Music Society of St Cloud concert given in 2006. Beethoven's second string quartet bubbles with energy and vitality in this memorable performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/28/beethoven-the-lion?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 14:40:00 -0500 The Traveling Latinist Nanette Goldman, professor of classics at Macalester College, faces all of life's experiences with determination and not a little joy. Her playlist both classic and modern. Nanette is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/30/music-with-minnesotans-nanette-goldman?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Forward into the Light Can you really get enough Bach? The Choral Arts Ensemble in Rochester recently performed the Bach B-Minor Mass. The stunning conclusion to this powerful work is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/14/forward-into-the-light?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead Soloists Shine It's Young Virtuosi (part two) in this week's Regional Spotlight, featuring two of the finalists in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestras Young Soloist Competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/07/fargomoorhead-soloists-shine?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Composers with Birthday Hats! Composers Libby Larsen and Carol Barnett help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the American Composers Forum. They visit with Classical MPR host Steve Staruch to share some of their favorite pieces. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/05/composers-with-birthday-hats?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Sweetly Sung Sunrise Steve Staruch speaks with Exultate artistic director Thomas Rossin about the upcoming Twin Cities performances of the 'Sunrise Mass' by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/30/sweetly-sung-sunrise?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:15:00 -0500 Young Musicians Astound! The first- and second-place finalists in the Fargo-Moorhead Young Artist Solo Competition are front and center in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/30/young-musicians-astound?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:20:00 -0500 That's tellin' 'em: classic stories and PR possibilities Stories from the "front lines" of public relations and favorite classical movie soundtracks will have you singin' in the rain with PR specialist, Sara Lien Edelman. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/28/thats-tellin-em-classic-stories-and-pr-possibilities?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Blue Skies and Fjords: Music of the Heart "Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune" by Twin Cities composer Linda Tutas Haugen received a beautiful performance in the reverberant space of the Basilica of St. Mary with the Minnesota Sinfonia conducted by Jay Fishman. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/23/blue-skies-and-fjords-music-of-the-heart?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Matt Haimovitz on residency, Bach and Beethoven Internationally acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz describes his upcoming residency at Minnesota's St. John's University, where he'll soon perform a Bach-heavy concert. Haimovitz also discusses his recent recording of Beethoven's complete works for cello. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/22/matt-haimovitz-on-residency-bach-and-beethoven?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Green means GO! The Electrician is a Pianist Jim Zieba is an electrician with the city of St. Paul, Minn. His job is to make sure all those traffic lights turn smoothly from stop to go and back again. Jim is also a fine pianist. He shares some of his favorite pieces of music in this interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/21/green_means_go-the_electrician_is_a_pianist?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:20:00 -0500 A Walk in Beauty David Mennicke leads the Concordia University, St Paul, Christus Chorus in two haunting works from a recent choir tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/16/a-walk-in-beauty?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:45:00 -0500 The Passion and the Hope: Robert and Clara Artistic Director of the MacPhail Spotlight Series, Mischa Santora, joins Steve Staruch to talk about the passionate relationship and music of Robert and Clara Schumann. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/09/the-passion-and-the-hope-of-the-schumanns?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:15:00 -0500 Purple shadows of Mendelssohn Pianist Nelson Goerner gives an amazingly dark hued performance of the Mendelssohn Fantasy in F-sharp minor (Opus 28) from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/09/purple-shadows-of-mendelssohn?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Singing Dominick Argento's SEASONS This week, we present a special episode of Music with Minnesotans. Composer Dominick Argento, with poet Pat Solstad and music director Dale Warland, join Steve Staruch to chat about Argento's newest work, Seasons, which was premiered at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival this past summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/21/music-with-minnesotans-dominick-argentos-seasons?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Bach singing at its best! Bach requires much from his singers in his handful of motets. The South Dakota Chorale, led by Brian Schmidt, is a first-rate ensemble that is more than up to the challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/14/regional-spotlight-south-dakota-chorale?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Call the Plumber: Handel's Water Music and more Mark Scannell will tell you he doesn't know a great deal about plumbing, but he know how to relate to people. Handel's Water Music (and more) is on the playlist of this former plumbing company manager. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/31/call-the-plumber-handels-water-music-and-more?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Building a Beautiful City The American Spiritual Ensemble raises the roof from a performance given last February. (Actually, the roof hasn't really come down yet!) http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/26/building-a-beautiful-city?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:20:00 -0500 This composer can never get enough Chopin 'I'm an insatiable fan of Chopin's chromaticism!' enthuses composer Gary Rue, creator of more than 75 music-theater scores. Chopin's music is front and center in Gary's personal playlist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/24/never-enough-chopin?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Young Musicians of Minnesota are unstoppable Steve Staruch speaks with Grant Johnson of Young Musicians of Minnesota about the group's upcoming summer festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/20/young-musicians-of-minnesota-are-unstoppable?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:15:00 -0500 Arvo Part's passionate simplicity The Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Part from a performance with Gidon Kremer and his group Kremerata Baltica is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/19/arvo-p228rts-passionate-simplicity?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:30:00 -0500 Classical music as part of the actor's toolkit George Calger is an actor, singer and photographer. He doesn't just listen to music; he explores it! The music is one of a number of resources he draws on to enhance his acting work. George is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/17/music-with-minnesotans-george-calger?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Tenor William Hite talks about Bach's St. John Passion This weekend, tenor William Hite will reprise the role of Evangelist in the Bach Society of Minnesota's presentation of Bach's St. John Passion. Hite spoke to Classical MPR's Steve Staruch about the stamina and preparation required for this big singing role. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/12/tenor-william-hite-talks-about-bachs-st-john-passion?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:50:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: UMD Flute Choir "Broken Piece" by Zachery Meier is a new work for flute choir. It was recently premiered at a flute convention at University of Minnesota-Duluth. The UMD Flute Choir's performance of the work is featured in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/12/regional-spotlight-umd-flute-choir?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Patricia Connors Patricia Connors is the director of choral activities at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Her playlist is a combination of the new, the classic and the surprising. Patricia is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/10/music-with-minnesotans-patricia-connors?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Interview: Rick Kvam on the towering genius of Bach The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, Minn., will perform the Bach B-Minor Mass this weekend. Artistic Director Rick Kvam spoke with Classical MPR's Steve Staruch about the piece and about the towering genius of Bach. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/10/interview-rick-kvam-on-the-towering-genius-of-bach?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Exultate sings Rheinberger Exultate sings the Kyrie from the Josef Rheinberger Mass in C. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/05/regional-spotlight-exultate-sings-rheinberger?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Bach Society of Minnesota A Bach gem from Cantata No. 82 performed by the Bach Society of Minnesota from a concert at Sundin Music Hall in January is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/26/regional-spotlight-bach-society-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Mike Perkins Mike Perkins has nine requiems on his iPod and sings in four choral groups. He is a self-described choral nerd. Mike is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/24/music-with-minnesotans-mike-perkins?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:20:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Kate Hamilton Concordia College professors Kate Hamilton and Cecilia Chou perform Max Bruch's Romance for Viola and Piano with passion and skill. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/19/regional-spotlight-kate-hamilton?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Sinfonia Jay Fishman conducts the world premiere of Concierto Pequeno by Minnesota composer Justin Henry Rubin. The performance is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/05/regional-spotlight-minnesota-sinfonia?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:20:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies The String Orchestra of Minnesota Youth Symphonies (entry-level orchestra, grades 4 to 8) play Vivaldi with as much passion as 10- to 14-year-olds can. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/29/regional-spotlight-minnesota-youth-symphonies?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Penelope Freeh Penelope Freeh is a dancer and choreographer, a writer and a teacher. Her playlist is both rhythmic and colorful. Penelope is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/09/music-with-minnesotans-penelope-freeh?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:20:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester sing Shakespeare lyrics in old and new arrangements. Rick Kvam directs his singers in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/22/regional-spotlight-choral-arts-ensemble-of-rochester?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:20:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Bach Society of Minnesota From a recent concert, the instrumental all-stars from the Bach Society of Minnesota perform the Bach Trio Sonata in G for Flute Violin and Continuo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/15/regional-spotlight-bach-society-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:45:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: John Davenport John Davenport is an academic with a passion for rare books and for history (he once kissed a building on the Jefferson quadrangle at the University of Virginia). History comes alive when he speaks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/13/music-with-minnesotans-john-davenport?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:20:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Ensemble Melange from NDSU A breezy-sounding trio by French composer Darius Milhaud get a jaunty performance from Trio Melange, the new faculty group from the NDSU School of Music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/08/regional-spotlight-ensemble-melange-from-ndsu?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:20:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Katie McCurry Katie McCurry is an Account Representative for Fireman's Fund. No account sheet could ever contain her enthusiasm for classical music! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/23/music-with-minnesotans-katie-mccurry?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:20:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe Retired Star Tribune columnist Dan Wascoe is also a pianist and composer. He a man full of surprises. He shares his story and playlist on today's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/16/music-with-minnesotans-dan-wascoe?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Holiday Cheer This week's Regional Spotlight features concert performances from around Minnesota over these past few weeks. Noel! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/18/regional-spotlight-holiday-cheer?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Augsburg Advent Vespers In this week's Regional Spotlight, we continue our holiday selections with two very recent performances from the 2014 Augsburg Advent Vespers in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/11/regional-spotlight-augsburg-advent-vespers?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:50:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Home-grown Holiday Cheer The season is bright with some home-grown holiday music. Three local ensemble sing their hearts out with new arrangements and works for the season. Hear them on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/04/regional-spotlight-homegrown-holiday-cheer?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:14:30 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: George Kellerman and Jenna Seal George Kellerman and Jenna Seal are kindred spirits. They both have followed their own hearts in pursuing careers that are a bit off the beaten path. Their playlist is a reflection of that; you can hear it on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/02/music-with-minnesotans-george-kellerman-and-jenna-seal?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:20:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: William Craft William Craft is the President of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He's sung in choirs all his life and brings an English professor's love of words to an all-choral playlist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/10/music-with-minnesotans-william-craft?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:30:00 -0600 Mendelssohn's "other" Oratorio with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota This Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota presents Mendelssohn's "St. Paul." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/13/mendelssohns-other-oratorio-with-the-oratorio-society-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: The Minnesota Bach Ensemble A Symphony by CPE Bach, performed by the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/13/regional-spotlight-the-minnesota-bach-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: DSSO performs Britten Performing on the shores of Lake Superior, it only seems natural that the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra would include the "Four Sea Interludes" from the Benjamin Britten opera, Peter Grimes, in a recent concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/06/regional-spotlight-dsso-performs-britten?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:30:00 -0600 Meet Oliver Stech of the Vienna Boys Choir Oliver Stech conducts the Vienna Boys Choir in a performance at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis on Thursday Nov. 6. Stech sat down for a chat with Classical MPR's Steve Staruch ahead of the evening's performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/06/meet-oliver-stech-of-the-vienna-boys-choir?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:50:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Rick Steffes Rick Steffes is a maintenance supervisor at the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant. He comes to his job by way of the US Navy where he served as a submariner for 22 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/04/music-with-minnesotans-rick-steffes?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: NES (Nerd Enhanced Sound) Video game music from one of the Twin Cities' newest and most exciting bands, Nerd Enhanced Sound is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/30/regional-spotlight-nes-nerd-enhanced-sound?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Introducing the Minneapolis Music Company Mischa Santora, former associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, is the artistic director of a new ensemble in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Music Company opens its new season this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/29/introducing-the-minneapolis-music-company?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:50:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Mitch Pearlstein The founder of the Center of the American Experiment, Mitch Pearlstein, shares an eclectic playlist ranging from musicals to Messiah. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/28/music-with-minnesotans-mitch-pearlstein?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Finding Magic on Walden Pond While on vacation, Steve Staruch and his wife made plans to visit Walden Pond. They ended up experiencing something far beyond what they imagined. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/28/finding-magic-on-walden-pond?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Lukas Vondracek Sensuous and deep, pianist Lukas Vondracek's Frederic Chopin Society recital from earlier this month will stop you in your tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/23/regional-spotlight-lukas-vondracek?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Artaria Quartet The Artaria Quartet performs a classical gem that is off the beaten path. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/16/regional-spotlight-artaria-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Mozart and Vanska With Osmo Vanska scheduled to play the clarinet during the Strauss festival with the Minnesota Orchestra, today's Regional Spotlight features the maestro (playing clarinet) with colleagues in a Mozart classic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/09/regional-spotlight-mozart-and-vanska?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Vox Nova Chorale Vox Nova Chorale is one of the newest vocal ensembles in the Twin Cities. This group is going places! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/02/regional-spotlight-vox-nova?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio is joined by clarinetist, David Krakauer, for a Prokofiev classic performed last October at the MacPhail Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/25/regional-spotlight-bakken-trio?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:45:00 -0500 'Astounding': Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's opening night Classical MPR's Steve Staruch had the best seat in the house as the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra opened its season on Saturday, Sept. 20. Steve describes his experience of the concert, which received three standing ovations from the audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/23/astounding-duluth-superior-symphony-orchestra-s-opening-night?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:50:00 -0500 Meet Dirk Meyer of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Dirk Meyer is the music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. He begins his second season with a concert this Saturday night at the DECC in Duluth. Meyer spoke with Steve Staruch about his big goals for the DSSO. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/18/meet-dirk-meyer-duluth-superior-symphony-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica Today's Regional Spotlight is a performance from this past February's Schubert Club International Artist Series. Kremerata Baltica performs at the top of its game. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/18/regional-spotlight-kremerata-baltica?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: A September 11th Remembrance There is music that soothes in the here-and-now, and there is music that pushes us forward. This afternoon's Regional Spotlight is a musical remembrance for September 11th. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/11/regional-spotlight-a-september-11th-remembrance?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Westminster Choir College The Westminster Choir College from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., performed a new work by Daniel Elder while touring through Wayzata, Minn., last year. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/04/regional-spotlight-westminster-choir-college?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Grant Johnson A young violinist and budding environmental scientist. Grant Johnson is a passionate lover of classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/02/music-with-minnesotans-grant-johnson?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Jasper Quartet All's right with the world when you can hear a Haydn string quartet sound like it's played just for you. The Jasper Quartet's performance of Haydn is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/28/regional-spotlight-the-jasper-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Teresa Root Teresa Root is a naturalist and a teacher. Her playlist is inspired by the natural world. Steve Staruch welcomes Teresa Root into the studio for Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/18/music-with-minnesotans-teresa-root?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Highlights from the Young Artist World Piano Festival Two teenage pianists were featured at the Young Artist World Piano Festival last summer. Their "beyond their years" performances are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/21/regional-spotlight-highlights-from-the-young-artist-world-piano-festival?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Joe and Mary Keyes Joe and Mary Keyes are owners of the Howard Street Booksellers in Hibbing, Minn. They love books, theater and Hibbing history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/21/music-with-minnesotans-joe-and-mary-keyes?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Accordo There's champagne for the ear in this week's Regional Spotlight. Accordo performs a jaunty trio for strings by Jean Francaix. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/14/regional-spotlight-accordo?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Stanley Woolner Stanley Woolner is both a medical doctor and a creative artist. He balances both of his vocations with the greatest ease. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/21/music-with-minnesotans-stanley-woolner?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Normandale Choir The choir from Normandale Lutheran Church in Edina, Minn., just got back from a tour of Ireland. Highlights from that choir tour are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/07/regional-spotlight-normandale-choir?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Get a preview of Classical MPR's State Fair artists Classical MPR's Mike Pengra joins Steve Staruch in the studio to talk a bit more about the artists who are performing at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair, and to play some samples of their music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/06/get-a-preview-of-classical-mpr-s-state-fair-artists?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Katie Sisneros Katie Sisneros is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about old English ballads. She'll make you passionate about them, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/18/music-with-minnesotans-katie-sisneros?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Meet the arts entrepreneurs who started the Lakes Area Music Festival Meet the arts entrepreneurs who almost by accident founded the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn. Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward talk to Classical MPR's Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/31/meet-the-arts-entrepreneurs-who-started-the-lakes-area-music-festival?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Miro Quartet From the White Pine Music Festival in 2008, the Miro Quartet fan the flames of the f-minor string quartet by Felix Mendelssohn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/31/regional-spotlight-miro-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Charlotte Sullivan Writer Charlotte Sullivan is Steve Staruch's guest. Her playlist is eclectic and spirited and joyfully stretches the boundaries of classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/11/music-with-minnesotans-charlotte-sullivan?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Mezzo-soprano-rama: a conversation and performance with Adriana Zabala Adriana Zabala's joyful workload is on delicious display in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. She visits with Classical MPR's Steve Staruch between songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/29/mezzo-soprano-rama-a-conversation-with-adriana-zabala?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han The Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano from a Schubert Club Music in the Park series concert given last year is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/24/regional-spotlight-david-finckel-and-wu-han?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Kate An Hunter Kate An Hunter is a big-hearted veterinarian. Her playlist is full of large orchestral works. Music as large as many of the animals she treats. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/04/music-with-minnesotans-kate-an-hunter?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper From a Frederic Chopin Society recital Imogen Cooper performs two Schubert Improptus. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/17/regional-spotlight-imogen-copper?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:35:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Joe Landsberger Joe Landsberger is a world traveler (40 countries and counting), but he always returns home to St Paul. His classical playlist is filled with both the exotic and the "tried and true." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/28/music-with-minnesotans-joe-landsberger?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Jacques Ogg and friends A work by a "wildman" of the 18th century, Francesco Veracini, gets the star treatment in a performance with Jacques Ogg and friends. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/10/regional-spotlight-jacques-ogg-and-friends?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Kevin Ramach Kevin Ramach is the President and the General Director of the Minnesota Opera. His theatrical playlist is filled with high operatic drama. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/14/music-with-minnesotans-kevin-ramach?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Finding a lost treasure: Barber's Violin Sonata John Gilbert and Francesca Tortorello tell the story of finding the long-lost Barber Violin Sonata. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/03/finding-a-lost-treasure-barbers-violin-sonata?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Ancia Saxophone Quartet The Ancia Saxophone Quartet performs an early work of Arvo Part in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/03/regional-spotlight-ancia-saxophone-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Carol Rudie Carol Rudie is a docent at The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) and has chosen a playlist that is as colorful as the Russian art she loves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/music-with-minnesotans-carol-rudie?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Meet new Minnesota Orchestra violist Gareth Zehngut No viola jokes, please! The Minnesota Orchestra has a new violist. Gareth Zehngut spoke with Steve Staruch about the stress of the audition process, and how he chose the "humble, yet dark-sounding" viola. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/27/meet-new-mn-orchestra-violist-gareth-zehngut?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:15:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Anthony Dean Griffey Copland's Old American Songs get a spectacular performance with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and pianist Warren Jones in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/26/regional-spotlight-anthony-dean-griffey?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Anna Sattler Anna Sattler could have had a job in Florida, but she chose Minnesota instead. A school guidance counselor, Sattler likes Minnesota and loves Classical MPR. Sattler is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/31/music-with-minnesotans-anna-sattler?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: DWS sing Carol Barnett Ten years ago this May, the Dale Warland Singers gave their final performance. Today's Regional Spotlight is as much a celebration as it is a remembrance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/19/regional-spotlight-dws-sings-carol-barnett?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Frank Tenczar Frank Tenczar, a retired IT guy, loves to watch the deer go by at his lake place up north while listening to Mahler. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/05/music-with-minnesotans-frank-tenczar?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Concordia College Band and 2014 High School Honors Band Young music students from throughout the region participated in the 2014 High School Honor Band this past April. Highlights from that concert are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/12/regional-spotlight-2014-high-school-honors-band?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Chris Gennaula Software engineer by day and successful composer by night, Chris Gennaula tells stories with wit and a smile. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/21/music-with-minnesotans-chris-gennaula?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:30:00 -0500 The Apollo Male Chorus swings! The Apollo Male Chorus knows how to swing! Joined by the George Maurer Group, the Apollo guys present "De-Lovely" this weekend. Steve Staruch welcomed both groups into the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio for a preview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/05/the-apollo-male-chorus-swings?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, led by Clinton Smith, performs the Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 by Maurice Ravel in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/05/regional-spotlight-st-cloud-symphony-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Alberto Fierro As a kid in his native Mexico Alberto Fierro learned how to play LPs on the family hi-fi. So began a life-long love of classical music. Fierro is Steve Staruch's guest this week on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/08/music-with-minnesotans-alberto-fierro?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Interview: Paul Schoenfield The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota concludes its season this coming weekend with a performance of Paul Schoenfield's "Sparks of Glory." Steve Staruch spoke with Shoenfield about the piece as it is about to receive its regional premiere. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/30/interview-paul-schoenfield?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 16:15:00 -0500 Interview: ETHEL plays Documerica Violinist Kip Jones is a member of the string quartet known as ETHEL. He joins Steve Staruch to talk about ETHEL's new project, DOCUMERICA, which receives its Minnesota premiere on Tuesday, June 3. Kip Jones talks about the piece and his role in its creation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/29/ethel-plays-documerica?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Accordo plays Mozart Mozart always gives each player a chance to shine, and shine they do! In this week's Regional Spotlight, a performance of the Mozart Flute Quartet No. 1 by members of Accordo from a December 2013 concert. Welcome, summer! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/29/regional-spotlight-accordo-plays-mozart?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Meet the Twin Cities Fringe Opera company Colleen Meier is the co-founder of Twin Cities Fringe Opera. As the company prepares for its first production, Meier spoke with Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/28/twin-cities-fringe-opera?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 16:15:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Josh McCaffrey Josh McCaffrey is a story-teller and even did a stint in Hollywood as a writer for the soaps. These days his career has him a bit closer to home. McCaffrey is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans is this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/10/music-with-minnesotans-josh-mccaffrey?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Consortium Carissimi Consortium Carissimi performs a cantata marking the 350th anniversary of the death of composer Bonifazio Graziani. This performance was recorded at St. Mary's Chapel in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/22/regional-spotlight-consortium-carissimi?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Sherilyn and Andrew Burgdorf It was love at first downbeat for Sherilyn and Andrew Burgdorf. And even now, in the midst of his family practice and her music teaching, they make time for music making. Their playlist is sweet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/20/music-with-minnesotans-sherilyn-and-andrew-burgdorf?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Bethlehem Music Series (part 2) This is the second installment from a concert featuring teenage performers from the Bethlehem Music Series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/15/regional-spotlight-bethlehem-music-series?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Dan Hulitt Dan Hulitt made the switch from academia to wholesale foods. He's a national buyer for SuperValu. While his playlist is Beethoven-centric, it also contains an equal portion of family pride. Hulitt's two sons are musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/13/music-with-minnesotans-dan-hulitt?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Bethlehem Music Series Highlights from a recent Bethlehem Music Series performance are in this week's Regional Spotlight. Listen to hear two performances by a pair of talented teens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/08/regional-spotlight-bethlehem-music-series-?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Interview: Anton Armstrong Director of the St Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, conducts Magnum Chorum this weekend. Tradition and beauty go hand-in-hand with a program titled 'Amazing Grace'. Armstrong speaks with Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/07/a-conversation-with-anton-armstrong?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Interview: Tantalus Guitar Quartet The members of Tantalus Guitar Quartet come from all over the country, but tonight (Monday, May 5), they all converge in Minneapolis for a free concert and CD-release party. Steve Staruch welcomes them into the studio at Classical MPR for a chat and performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/05/interview-tantalus-guitar-quartet?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Inon Barnatan This week's Regional Spotlight features another virtuoso performance from Inon Barnatan's Frederic Chopin Society recital from March 16. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/01/regional-spotlight-inon-barnatan?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 14:40:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Laura Vosika Laura Vosika is a writer, amateur historian and musician. Her set of historical novels, Blue Bells of Scotland, gives her the opportunity to explore all her passions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/29/music-with-minnesotans-laura-vosika?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:45:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Inon Barnatan The piano sounds like an entire orchestra in the hands of Inon Barnatan. His performance of the solo piano version of Maurice Ravel's La Valse from a Frederic Chopin Society recital last month tears up the dance floor! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/24/regional-spotlight-inon-barnatan?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: John Waddle With patience and dedication, John Waddle makes violins, violas and cellos of distinction and beauty. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/29/music-with-minnesotans-john-waddle?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: National Lutheran Choir The Widor Toccata like you've never heard it before in a performance with the National Lutheran Choir. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/17/regional-spotlight-national-lutheran-choir?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Janet Tollund Janet Tollund is the co-owner of Accolades International Tours for the Arts. She's been all over the world. She delights in helping people plan the trip of a lifetime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/15/music-with-minnesotans-janet-tolland?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:50:00 -0500 Interview: Samuel Rhodes, violist Samuel Rhodes recently retired as the violist with the Juilliard String Quartet after 44 years in that position. Rhodes calls the sound of the viola, "inward, deep and beautiful." He spoke with Steve Staruch about his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/10/interview-samuel-rhodes-violist?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Rose Ensemble The Rose Ensemble presents several works honoring the personality and legacy of St Francis of Assisi. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/10/regional-spotlight-rose-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Bruce Broquist Professional baker and professional choral singer Bruce Broquist is Steve Staruch's guest. His rich desserts are as much in demand as his rich baritone voice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/07/music-with-minnesotans-bruce-broquist?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Dream Songs Project The Dream Songs Project performs several works from a concert in St. Paul, Minn., this past January. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/03/regional-spotlight-the-dream-songs-project?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Interview: Tine Thing Helseth Trumpet sensation Tine Thing Helseth joined Steve Staruch in studio today. She performs tonight in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/01/interview-tine-thing-helseth?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Emily Green Ambitious, talented and smart, Emily Green is just 17 years old but already has her eye on bigger classical music goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/01/music-with-minnesotans-emily-green?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:50:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs the ferocious Bartok Piano Sonata (Sz. 80) from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given February 16, 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/27/regional-spotlight-jeanefflam-bavouzet?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Konev-Moiseeva-Remenikova Trio A performance of the Anton Arensky Piano Trio in D minor from a performance at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/20/regional-spotlight-konev_moiseeva_remenikova_trio?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:45:00 -0500 A story of love and 'Werther' Classical MPR's Steve Staruch shares a story about how the opera 'Werther' affected a listener's dating life. It's a nice segue into Classical MPR's broadcast of the Met Opera's performance of Jules Massenet's 'Werther', Saturday at noon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/15/a-story-of-love-and-werther?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Oratorio Society: The Music of Downton Abbey Matthew Mehaffey leads the Oratorio Society of Minnesota in a concert of works inspired by the Downton Abbey series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/11/oratorio-society-the-music-of-downton-abbey?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Jasper Quartet In a performance given earlier this season, the Jasper String Quartet performs a quartet by Haydn -- it's Haydn at his most rambunctious! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/13/regional-spotlight-jasper-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:45:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Sally Howell Johnson Sally Johnson is a pastor and a writer. Her Welsh singing heritage and her embrace of Celtic spirituality are both a part her sweet-sounding playlist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/10/music-with-minnesotans-sally-howell-johnson?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:50:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Flutist, Jennifer Kennard Flutist Jennifer Kennard performs a world premiere of a work written especially for her in a recent Thursday Musical performance from Bloomington, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/06/regional-spotlight-flutist-jennifer-kennard?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:45:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Tim Sheie Tim Sheie is an artist, a retired educator and has spent the last 12 years "in the back row," in the bass section of the National Lutheran Choir. His playlist is filled with choral gems inspired by his Norwegian heritage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/28/music-with-minnesotans-tim-sheie?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Alexandria Festival of the Lakes Another fine performance from last summer's Alexandria Festival of the Lakes. Feel the warmth! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/27/regional-spotlight-alexandria-festival-of-the-lakes?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:45:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Jim Earley Jim Earley is a business coach. He asks his clients good questions. Then he listens. While his experience of classical music isn't as large as he would like, his playlist is that of a good listener. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/25/music-with-minnesotans-jim-early?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:45:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Lakes Chamber Music Society A summer music festival performance of a famed Mozart work will make Spring seem that much closer! It's on this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/20/regional-spotlight-lakes-chamber-music-society?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:45:00 -0600 Interview: Lorelei Ensemble The Lorelei Ensemble from Boston is in residence this weekend at Macalester College in St Paul, Minn. Members of the group spoke with Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/14/lorelei-ensemble?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Plymouth Concert Band The Plymouth Concert Band of Plymouth, Minn., is in this week's Regional Spotlight, with a piece that sounds like it could accompany a victory lap in the Winter Games. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/13/regional-spotlight-plymouth-concert-band?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:50:00 -0600 Interview: Matt Haimovitz Matt Haimovitz is helping the Minnesota Sinfonia celebrate its 25th anniversary season with a series of concerts Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Haimovitz was also Steve Staruch's guest Thursday afternoon. Listen to the full interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/06/interview-matt-haimovitz?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:55:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: MYS String Orchestra The Minnesota Youth Symphonies' String Orchestra perform two South American Tangos. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/06/regional-spotlight-mys-string-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:45:00 -0600 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain': Alison Young looks back on her adventure Steve Staruch welcomes Alison Young into the studio on Friday Favorites, where she reflects on her recent mountain-climbing attempt in Argentina. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/31/climb-evry-mountain-alison-young-looks-back-on-her-adventure?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:45:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper Imogen Cooper performs the Schubert Piano Sonata in A major from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given last October. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/30/regional-spotlight-imogen-cooper?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:45:00 -0600 Interview: Kelly Carter of El Sistema Minnesota Steve Staruch interviews Kelly Carter, the executive director of El Sistema Minnesota. This new youth orchestral program is modeled after El Sistema in Venezuela, the birthplace of this movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/29/interview-kelly-carter-of-el-sistema-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:30:00 -0600 Interview: Bassoonist Norbert Nielubowski on Schubertiade Minnesota Orchestra bassoonist Norbert Nielubowski joined Steve Staruch to talk about Sunday's "Schubertiade" with the Musical Offering. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/23/interview-bassoonist-norbert-nielubowski-on-schubertiade?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:50:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper performs Schubert Imogen Cooper performs the Schubert Piano Sonata in c minor from a Frederic Chopin Society recital. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/23/regional-spotlight-imogen-cooper-performs-schubert?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble The Choral Arts Ensemble from Rochester, Minn., perform works by Minnesota composers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/16/regional-spotlight-choral-arts-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:50:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: South Dakota Chorale As the South Dakota Chorale prepares for its first-ever performance in the Twin Cities, the ensemble's artistry is on display in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/09/regional-spotlight-south-dakota-chorale?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:50:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: David Docter Musicologist,choral director and volunteer archivist, David Docter lives music! David and his wife, Rita, are the proud parents of three adult children, all of whom have successful careers in the arts. His playlist is a family affair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/03/music-with-minnesotans-david-docter?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Mozart Serenade in E-flat Major A performance from this past August at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn., is like a warm summer wind -- a welcome respite from this cold January day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/02/regional-spotlight-mozart-serenade-in-eflat-major?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:50:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: More Holiday Cheer! Another smorgasbord of holiday performances from near and far in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/26/regional-spotlight-more-holiday-cheer?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:04:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Unconventional Holidays Kings don't always wear crowns. And just how are you going to keep the kids out of the frozen Christmas cookies? This week's Music with Minnesotans features two unconventional stories with music to match. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/19/music-with-minnesotans-unconventional-holidays?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:45:00 -0600 Holiday Cheer in the Regional Spotlight Sweet and savory home-grown sounds for the holiday continue in the Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/12/holiday-cheer-in-the-regional-spotlight?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Consortium Carissimi, "Eftach na s'fatai" Throughout the month of December, homegrown music for the holidays will be featured in the Regional Spotlight. This week's feature includes a work from the Jewish tradition appropriate for the last full day of Chanukah. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/05/regional-spotlight-consortium-carissimi-eftach-na-s-fatai?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:50:00 -0600 Interview: Apollo Male Chorus Sean Vogt is the new music director of the Apollo Male Chorus. He and the guys join Steve Staruch for conversation and song as the ensemble prepares for its annual holiday concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/29/interview-apollo-male-chorus?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Jasper String Quartet This week, the Jasper String Quartet perform the Haydn string quartet in D, Op 76, No. 5, in an Oct. 12 recording from the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/21/regional-spotlight-jasper-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:50:00 -0600 Interview: Oratorio Society of Minnesota on James Whitbourn's "Annelies" The first major musical work based on the diaries of Anne Frank will be presented this weekend by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota.Steve Staruch speaks with Adrianna Zabala and Matthew Mehaffey about <i>Annelies</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/19/oratorio-society-of-minnesota-presents-james-whitbourn-annelies?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Arden Harrison Bushnell Arden Harrison Bushnell is a fabric artist whose works have been seen and awarded at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/14/music-with-minnesotans-arden-harrison-bushnell?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:15:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Bach Society of Minnesota In the Regional Spotlight this week is a frenzied and wide-eyed performance of a Sonata by Dario Castello by members of the Bach Society of Minnesota, harpsichordist Paul Boehnke and baroque violinist Jin Kim. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/07/regional-spotlight-bach-society-of-minnesota-?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:00:00 -0600 MacPhail Spotlight Series Mischa Santora is the music director of the Spotlight Series at the MacPhail School for Music in Minneapolis. The new season of the Spotlight Series begins this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/12/macphail-spotlight-series?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:45:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Luther Gerlach Luther Gerlach, retired University of Minnesota professor of cultural anthropology, shares the music of native African cultures recorded in Kenya in the 1950s and 60s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/11/music-with-minnesotans-luther-gerlach?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:30:00 -0600 Remembering John Tavener, 1944 - 2013 John Tavener "fully embraced the odd-sounding Eastern rhythms and scales of the ancient Greek Orthodox Church. They had entered his heart and, taking up residence there, began to transform his musical output," writes Classical MPR's Steve Staruch. Composer John Tavener passed away today, aged 69. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/12/remembering-john-tavener-1944--2013?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper, Schubert A Major Sonata Imogen Cooper's performance of the Sonata in A Major from a Frederic Chopin Society concert on Oct. 6, 2013, is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/07/regional-spotlight-imogen-cooper-schubert-a-major-sonata?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Paula Gudmunson and Tracy Lipke-Perry Flutist Paula Gudmunson and pianist Tracy Lipke-Perry perform Amancio Alcorta's Gran Fantasia in a recital at the University of Minnesota-Duluth's Weber Concert Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/31/regional-spotlight-paula-gudmunson-and-tracy-lipkeperry-?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Ted Unseth's 'Concertino in 3 Movements' The applause (complete with hoots and whistles) says it all. Composer Ted Unseth's <i>Concertino in 3 Movements</i> is a winning piece. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/24/regional-spotlight-ted-unseths-concertino-in-3-movements?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Maddie Wild Crea Maddie Wild Crea is a writer of stories and a volunteer at Arc Value Village and St Anthony Park Nursing Home. Her joy in helping others is reflected in a playlist that is Beethoven-centered. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/22/music-with-minnesotans-maddie-wild-crea?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Pacifica Quartet In his String Quartet No. 7, Shostakovich paints a portrait of his marriage that is truthful and deeply emotional. Today's Regional Spotlight features The Pacifica Quartet performing this autobiographical work in a performance taken from recent a Schubert Club/Music in the Park concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/17/regional-spotlight-the-pacifica-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Kate Hamilton and Sonja Harasim As the wind starts to blow a bit colder this October, Regional Spotlight features a performance with some spice! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/10/regional-spotlight-kate-hamilton-and-sonja-harasim?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Diotima String Quartet The Diotima Quartet performed one of the most autumnal-sounding works by Brahms earlier this year as guest artists with the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/03/regional-spotlight-diotima-string-quartet-?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Uranienborg Vokalensemble performs live on Classical MPR The Norwegian choir, Uranienborg Vokalensemble, joins Steve Staruch for music in the Maud Moon Weherhaeuser Music Studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/01/uranienborg-ve?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Bach Ensemble This week's Regional Spotlight is a work that inspires us to ponder the legacy of JS Bach. It's performed by the Minnesota Bach Ensemble in a recording from Sundin Music Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/25/regional-spotlight-minnesota-bach-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: A peppery performance The Artaria String Quartet's peppery peformance of Erwin Schulhoff's <i>String Quartet No. 1</i> is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/19/regional-spotlight-a-peppery-performance?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Wagner's "Mini Ring" Cast members from the Minnesota Concert Opera "Mini Ring" sing in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Music Studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/wagner-mini-ring?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Music on the Hill In this week's Regional Spotlight, we have a performance that's perfect for fall from the Music on the Hill series in Mankato, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/regional-spotlight-music-on-the-hill?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Clara and Mark's big French adventure Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and pianist Mark Bilyeu were the only Americans at the International Art Song Festival in Tours, France. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/11/clara-and-marks-big-french-adventure?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: A mirror of the natural world Simple and unadorned, David Maslanka's <i>Quintet for Wind No. 3</i> is a mirror of the natural world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/05/regional-spotlight-a-mirror-of-the-natural-world?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Concert Bands Happy Labor Day weekend! On this week's Regional Spotlight, the versatility of the concert band is on full display with performances by not one, but two local ensembles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/29/regional-spotlight-concert-bands?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Brooklyn Rider - A Walking Fire Members of Brooklyn Rider perform live in the studio and chat about their new recording, "A Walking Fire." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/22/brooklyn-rider?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Keefe, Ross, and Lovelace Dark clouds hang over the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio, which was composed to honor the memory of pianist Nikolai Rubinstein. In this week's Regional Spotlight, a performance of this piece that presents dark clouds with a most inspired silver lining. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/22/regional-spotlight-keefe-ross-and-lovelace?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Prairie Winds On this week's Regional Spotlight, a sunny summer performance that is all smiles! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/15/regional-spotlight-the-prairie-winds?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Pure fun at the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival This week's Regional Spotlight highlights a wonderful performance from a past season of the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/07/regional-spotlight-pure-fun-at-the-lakes-area-chamber-music-fesival?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Anthony Ross and Timothy Lovelace In this week's Regional Spotlight, Anthony Ross's cello sound is so powerful it's palpable. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/01/regional-spotlight-anthony-ross-and-timothy-lovelace?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Artaria String Quartet This week on Regional Spotlighy, the Artaria String Quartet performs Haydn's "The Horseman" from Stringwood Summer Chamber Music Festival along the banks of the Root River in Lanesboro, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/regional-spotlight-the-artaria-string-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Sweet Revenge on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat The Super Bowl is to commercials what the Minnesota Centennial Showboat show is to "olios." Members of the cast of the Minnesota Showboat and director Vern Sutton present works our great-grandparents would have enjoyed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/19/showboat-revenge?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Great River Chorale Saint Cloud boasts many things: a university, two wineries, superb fishing and, of course, the Great River Chorale! The Great River Chorale is featured in this week's Regional Spotlight, airing Thursday, July 18 in the 3 p.m. hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/16/regional-spotlight-the-great-river-chorale?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 The Arianna Quartet's intense Mendelssohn interpretation The Arianna String Quartet's intense performance of the Mendelssohn String Quartet in f minor from Madeline Island is this week's Regional Spotlight, airing Thursday, July 12 in the 3 p.m. hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/11/arianna_quartet?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Monroe Crossing and the Bethlehem Senior Choir To conclude the 31st season of the Bethlehem Music Series, Monroe Crossing and the Bethlehem Senior Choir perform Carol Barnett's <em>The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass</em>with great passion and bluegrass grit. It's a wonderful way to mark the July 4th afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/04/regional-spotlight-monroe-crossing-and-the-bethlehem-senior-choir?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: I Cantanti Chamber Choirs The community of Northfield is in good artistic hands with both St. Olaf College and Carlton College in town. In addition Northfield boasts the I Cantanti Community Choirs, fine community choirs which celebrated their 25th anniversary with a concert this past April. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/27/regional-spotlight-i-cantanti-chamber-choirs?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Vanska, Billmeyer, and Turner In today's Regional Spotlight, Osmo Vanska occupies a different role -- that of a clarinetist -- is joined by pianist Susan Billmeyer and violist Thomas Turner in a performance of a piece that's perfect for summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/13/regional-spotlight-vanska-billmeyer-and-turner?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung There's hot, bold-sounding virtuosity, and there's languid, glowing virtuosity. Both were on display at a Frederic Chopin Society recital this past May when the Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung piano duo took to the stage at the Mairs Concert Hall at Macalester College. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/06/regional-spotlight-alessio-bax-and-lucille-chung-?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Celebrating Verdi with CORO! and Sonomento It is a year for big anniversaries including the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. A "Viva, Verdi!" concert with CORO! and Sonomento at MacPhail and in Eden Prairie this coming weekend are a part of the festivities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/04/celebrating-verdi-with-coro-and-sonomento?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble John Orfe's new work, "Infinite Expectations of the Dawn" is a recent commission from the Choral Arts Ensemble (CAE) in Rochester Minnesota. Music Director Rick Kvam leads the CAE in this new piece with a few choral classics the from a May 5, 2013 concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/30/regional-spotlight-choral-arts-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Swimming Into Winter To celebrate the opening of the School of Music at North Dakota State University a new piece was commissioned from Minnesota composer Jocelyn Hagen. The world premiere of <em>Swimming Into Winter</em> took place at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St Paul this past March. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/23/regional-spotlight-swimming-into-winter?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Inna Faliks Part of the magic of the performance of the Mendelssohn <em>Piano Concert No. 1</em> at the Basilica of St Mary on April 27 was the precision and emotional "color" of the Minnesota Sinfonia led by Jay Fishman. Also, Inna Faliks' piano playing will have you shouting bravo to the radio! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/09/regional-spotlight-inna-faliks?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 12:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf Band A tour-de-force for any ensemble, this week's Regional Spotlight performance of the Janacek <em>Sinfonietta</em> by the St. Olaf Band is filled with colorful fanfares and rhythmic drive. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/regional-spotlight-st-olaf-band?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 The Saint Paul Vocal Forum performs at Classical MPR With concerts this weekend, the Saint Paul Vocal Forum, led by Karin Barrett, stopped by the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio to chat with Steve Staruch and perform with their beautifully infectious spirit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/26/the-saint-paul-vocal-forum-performs-at-classical-mpr?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:20:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota In a show of what one night of choral singing in St Paul looks like this week's Regional Spotlight features two fine groups that make music with stylishness and joy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/25/regional-spotlight-the-singers-and-the-bach-society-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf Choir Choral Month continues with this week's Regional Spotlight, which features the St. Olaf Choir as they premiere a new choral work by Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/18/regional-spotlight-st-olaf-choir?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: VocalEssence and Age to Age As Classical MPR continues with Choral Month here are a few more recent performances in which to revel. A VocalEssence and University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble concert, and Age to Age are in the Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/11/regional-spotlight-vocalessence?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Choral Ensembles Old & New Three choral ensembles share the regional spotlight this week as Classical MPR begins Choral Month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/02/regional-spotlight-choral-ensembles-old-and-new?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: ACDA's 50th anniversary concerts Almost all of Minnesota's wonderful choirs were in the spotlight last November when the Minnesota chapter of the ACDA held its 50th anniversary concerts. Three performances from that weekend are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/regional-spotlight-acdas-50th-anniversary-concerts?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Interview: Adriana Zabala and Gregg Kallor Have you ever heard a piece and thought to yourself, "It sounds as though it's always existed." You might get that impression when Adriana Zabala and Gregg Kallor perform a song recital of works composed in collaboration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/interview-adriana-zabala-and-gregg-kallor?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Reflections for Holy Week: Choral Music with Dale Warland It's something of a spiritual credo in the eastern Orthodox tradition,"Where there is beauty let us enjoy it!" Marking this season of re-birth, Dale Warland revisits several of the recordings and concert performances made with his Dale Warland Singers. An invitation to quiet contemplation and to the nourishment of the spirit, Classical MPR's Steve Staruch hosts this one hour special program at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/02/reflections-for-holy-week-choral-music-with-dale-warland?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han There was only sweet sounding music when David Finckel and Wu Han performed the Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 this past January in a Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/21/regional-spotlight-david-finckle-and-wu-han?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:30:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Saint Thomas Choir from NYC Tune-in at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16th for a special treat. Sixteen men and three dozen boys are the Saint Thomas Choir from Saint Thomas Church in New York City, led by John Scot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/06/regional-spotlight-saint-thomas-choir-from-nyc?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:00:00 -0500 Interview: Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin superstar Anne-Sophie Mutter performs with pianist Lambert Orkis Monday March 11 at the Ordway as part of the Schubert Club International Artist Series. She spoke with Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/interview-annesophie-mutter?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: The Ancia Saxophone Quartet The Ancia Saxophone Quartet had a chance to shine in a concert performance of the Philip Glass Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/28/regional-spotlight-the-ancia-saxophone-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Maneesh Apte The quality of student performers in the region is amazing! The 3rd place winner of the 32nd annual Young Artist Solo Competition, saxophonist and high school student Maneesh Apte plays the Alexander Glazunov Saxophone Concerto. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/21/regional-spotlight-maneesh-apte?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Dmitry Kouzov Haydn's Concerto in D is the perfect vehicle for Dmitry Kouzov's virtuosity and sensitivity to the work's melodic playfulness. His performance from 2011 with the Minnesota Sinfonia led by Jay Fishman is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/07/regional-spotlight-dmitry-kouzov?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: The Highwayman Alfred Noyes' poem about a bandit falling in love with an innkeeper's daughter, The Highwayman, was set for orchestra and chorus by Sister Martina Hughes. Last October, Shelly Gruskin led a performance of this full and romantic sounding piece. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/31/regional-spotlight-the-highwayman?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: One Voice Mixed Chorus One Voice Mixed Chorus celebrates its 25th anniversary with performances this weekend. Steve Staruch spoke with Artistic Director, Jane Ramseyer Miller who brought in several performances for this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/24/regional-spotlight-one-voice-mixed-chorus?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Violist, Kate Hamilton Violist Kate Hamilton from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota has a busy recital schedule this January. She has several performances scheduled in Italy. Her brilliant musicianship is on display in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/10/regional-spotlight-violist-kate-hamilton?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Ray Shows plays Mozart Ray Shows of the Artaria Quartet teaches at St Olaf College, where, from a November 2012 recital, he performs the Mozart, Violin Sonata in E Minor with pianist John Jensen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/03/regional-spotlight-ray-shows-plays-mozart?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Holiday Concerts Steve Staruch presents regional holiday music from recent performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/20/regional-spotlight-holiday-concerts?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:30:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Holiday Concerts Steve Staruch features several regional choirs from recent concert performances in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/13/regional-spotlight-holiday-concerts?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0600 Interview with GTCYS Director, Mark Russell Smith Mark Russell Smith is the interim director of the greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS). Smith spoke to Steve Staruch about the ins and outs of programming works for a youth orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/30/interview-with-gtcys-director-mark-russell-smith?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight - Schola Cantorum Coralina Folks who went to the performance are still talking about the Cuban choir, Schola Cantorum Coralina. Their performance of international works raised the roof at House of Hope Church in St Paul on November 10th. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/29/regional-spotlight--schola-cantorum-coralina?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Thanksgiving Day from Concordia For this Thanksgiving Day afternoon are highlights for a Concordia Choir concert from March 2013. Rene Clausen leads his ensemble in this heartfelt performance in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/22/regional-spotlight-thanksgiving-day-from-concordia?refid=0 Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight - Minnesota Sinfonia Led by Jay Fishman, the orchestra, which always performs without charge, is heard in a October 27th concert that featured the Haydn 88th. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/08/regional-spotlight--minnesota-sinfonia?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight - Bridge Chamber Music Festival's Mozart This week's Regional Spotlight is a performance from the Bridge Chamber Music Festival in Northfield of Mozart's String Quintet in D major. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/01/regional-spotlight--bridge-chamber-music-festivals-mozart?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - MMEA All-State Mixed Choir From this past August, the MMEA Mixed Choir and some of the best voices in their high schools performed a program that was both colorful and inviting. This choir is all youth and sunshine! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/25/regional-spotlight--mmea-allstate-mixed-choir?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - Simone Dinnerstein With a touch both tender and elegant, pianist Simone Dinnerstein performed the evocative Scenes from Childhood by Robert Schumann earlier this month in a Chopin Society recital. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/regional-spotlight--simone-dinnerstein?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - The Minnesota Sinfonia The Minnesota Sinfonia is a gem. Led by Jay Fishman, this professional ensemble with a shoestring budget may cruise just under the cultural radar, but the orchestra plays with style and excitement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/11/regional-spotlight--the-minnesota-sinfonia?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Natalia Moiseeva and Ivan Konev Twin cities performers, violinist Natalia Moiseeva and pianist Ivan Konev, perform the Beethoven Sonata No. 4 from an August recital given at the Crimea Classic Fest in Yalta, Ukraine. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/04/regional-spotlight-natalia-moiseeva-and-ivan-konev?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Concert Opera In the Regional Spotlight this week are singers from the Minnesota Concert Opera. The group and its artistic directors joined Steve Staruch to chat about its mission and vision for artistic excellence. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/27/regional-spotlight-minnesota-concert-opera?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:55:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - Kodaly Duo Minnesota Orchestra all-stars, Erin Keefe and Tony Ross perform the Zoltan Kodaly Duo for Violin and Cello in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/20/regional-spotlight--kodaly-duo?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - Mozart at the Bridge Chamber Music Festival In this week's Regional Spotlight are three all-star performers, concertmaster and principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, Erin Keefe and Tony Ross with pianist, Ester Wang. Mozart's Piano Trio K.542 sings in their hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/13/regional-spotlight--mozart-at-the-bridge-chamber-music-festival?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - From Age to Age The chamber choir From Age to Age not only performs at a high level, but part of its mission is to raise awareness and funding for non-profits that make a difference in the lives of those for whom they advocate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/06/regional-spotlight--from-age-to-age?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - State Fair Singers Directed by Samuel Kjellberg, the State Fair Singers, a young adult choir, performs Samuel Barber's Mary Hynes and Pseudo-Yoik by Finnish composer Jaako Mantyjarvi. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/30/regional-spotlight--state-fair-singers?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - St Olaf College Cantorei Choir Alumni To honor their long time music director, John Ferguson, the alumni of the Cantorei Choir from St Olaf College gathered at their alma mater this past June for a choral service. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/23/regional-spotlight-st-olaf-college-cantorei-choir-alumni?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - Yulianna Avdeeva In this week's Regional Spotlight, Yulianna Avdeeva performs the Overture from the Partita in b minor by J.S. Bach from a Frederic Chopin Society recital this past May. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/16/regional-spotlight--yulianna-avdeeva?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Duluth Festival Opera Celebrates Summer Members of Duluth Festival Opera company preview summer series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/09/duluth-festival-opera?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - The Artaria Quartet and Shostakovich's 12th Quartet Shostakovich was interested in numbers. Like Bach he conceived patterns that playfully told a story in and of themselves. There is an amazing example in the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 12. The 1968 piece was composer especially for the Beethoven String Quartet of Moscow. The Artaria Quartet performs the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 12 in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/01/regional-spotlight--the-artaria-quartet-and-shostakovichs-12th-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - Mirandola Ensemble Works by 16th-century composers were on wonderful display this past June as one of the newest professional choral ensembles in the region performed a concert titled: The Birds of Paris. The Mirandola Ensemble is led by Scott Sandersfeld. The group's mission is to present choral music that "not only amuses, but also makes our lives better." You will be delighted as works by Thomkins, Weelkes, Janequin and a new piece by Scott Sandersfeld, all performed by the Mirandola Ensemble, are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/18/regional-spotlight--mirandola-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra With guest conductor, Clinton Smith, the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra closed its season on May 12 with a spectacular concert titled: A Night at the Opera. One of the highlights of the performance was George Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1. That performance (with a bonus: the Flower Duet from Delibes' Lakme) is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/11/regional-spotlight-st-cloud-symphony-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The NDSU Concert Choir The NDSU Concert Choir (Fargo) returned home at the end of this past school year with first place honors for mixed choir in the 8th International Choir Competition in Zadar, Croatia. Led by Jo Ann Miller, the choir sings three pieces from their award winning program in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/05/regional-spotlight-the-ndsu-concert-choir?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:39:31 -0500 Flying Forms perform in the Classical MPR studio Flying Forms will perform a concert of works by Parisian based contemporary composer Nissim Schaul this Friday at the baroque Room in lower town St Paul. Flying Forms joined Steve Staruch in the the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio to preview some of Schaul's music and talk about why they love it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/27/flying-forms-in-studio?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Arianna String Quartet As the music is soft and light-footed it is a perfect work for the season. From just last week at the Madeline Island Music Camp, the Arianna String Quartet, in residence at the University of Missouri, St Louis opened their recital program on June 15 with the Andante and Scherzo Op 81 by Felix Mendelssohn. Their performance in this week's Regional Spotlight sparkles like a fizzy lemonade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/26/regional-spotlight-the-arianna-string-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Yulianna Avdeeva Avdeeva performs two works by Maurice Ravel From her Minnesota debut in Chopin Society recital, given May 13. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/13/regional-spotlight-yulianna-avdeeva?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Alexandria Festival of the Lakes As the summer festival season gets underway, here's a performance that garnered whoops and hollers from the audience. In the Regional Spotlight this week is an August 2011 performance from the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes. Members of the SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra collaborated on the fiery Brahms Piano Quartet Op. 25. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/06/regional-spotlight-alexandria-festival-of-the-lakes?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Artaria String Quartet Following the Artaria String Quartet as they continue their series of performances of the entire cycle of quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich, this week's Regional Spotlight this week features the bright and powerful String Quartet No 6. The performance was recorded in the Art Gallery at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/30/regional-spotlight-artaria-string-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Ravel revels in both the darkest notes of the piano and brightest tones of the violin in his monumental Piano Trio in a minor. In this week's Regional Spotlight is a performance with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio from last month's the Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series. It's delicious! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/24/regional-spotlight-klr-trio?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Bach Society of Minnesota From a recent performance at Sundin Music Hall, the Bach Society of Minnesota demonstrate why it is that Telemann was the most popular composer of the early 18th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/14/regional-spotlight-bach-society-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Eric Himy Think of it as the afterglow of a year-long celebration of the life and music of Franz Liszt. Pianist Eric Himy performs an all Liszt program from last December at the Landmark Center in St Paul in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/10/regional-spotlight-eric-himy?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists From a concert titled New Landscapes Sunday, April 22 comes this week's Regional Spotlight. The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists sang several gorgeous works that date from this last decade. Two of those pieces are by Minnesota composers. Matthew Culloton led his most dedicated ensemble in Abbie Betinis' Carmina mei cordi (2004) and Jocelyn Hagen's Laus Trinitati (2005). New landscapes indeed! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/03/regional-spotlight--the-singers-minnesota-choral-artists?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Anniversary of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) celebrates its 40th anniversary with a performance this Sunday, May 6 at Orchestra Hall. Steve Staruch spoke with selected alumni, representatives of all four decades of GTCYS and a most current member. All share their fondest memory of playing in GTCYS. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/03/anniversary-of-the-greater-twin-cities-youth-symphonies-gtcys?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Compline Choir The Twin Cities Compline Choir gathers for a monastic service that dates from the 6th century, a service for the close of the day or Compline. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/26/regional-spotlight-minnesota-compline-choir?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Artaria String Quartet Shostakovich himself said that his String Quartet No 4 was "written for the drawer," a poetic way of saying that it was not for public consumption, especially since works similar in style and mood had already been banned in the Soviet Union. Completed in 1949 the first performance of the quartet did not take place until after Stalin's death. The work is haunting in its use of Jewish themes and motives. In this week's Regional Spotlight is a January performance from Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church with the Artaria String Quartet, part of their series of presenting the complete set of Shostakovich quartets this season and next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/19/regional-spotlight-artaria-string-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies The only difference between a major professional orchestra and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (gtcys) is experience. Music Director, Amir Kats and his colleagues coax and draw out wonderful, full-bodied and colorful performances from their young classical players. In the Regional Spotlight this week is a performance of Three Dances from "Gayaneh" by Aram Khachaturian from this past March 4th. The hoops and cheers from the audience say it all. GTCYS is hot! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/10/regional-spotlight-the-greater-twin-cities-youth-symphonies?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Augsburg Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra Psalm 42 speaks of the desire for peace and rest in the midst of sorrow and want. The image of a deer seeking a cool drink from a running stream is the starting point for poetic language that itself calls for musical treatment. Two composers' settings of Psalm 42 are featured in this week's Regional Spotlight. From just this last weekend the Augsburg Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra with soloist Katherine Skovira led by Peter Hendrickson perform Sicut Cervus by Palestrina and also Mendelssohn's powerful setting of "As the Deer Cries Out for Running Streams." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/04/regional-spotlight-augsburg-masterworks-chorale-and-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight - La Morra The Chamber Music Society of St Cloud is to be commended for bringing the European group known as La Morra to the region for a performance at St Mary's Cathedral on March 9. The program, titled "Tears of a Lion," featured this small but sassy ensemble in a mix of instrumentals from early Renaissance Spain. With the kind of music that might have entertained Columbus, their performance was both inviting and lively. La Morra is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/29/regional-spotlight--la-morra?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper Who knew that Haydn could be so hot? The Frederic Chopin Society presented pianist Imogen Cooper earlier this month in a recital that began with Haydn. His Sonata in Eb is typical of his music with plenty of playfulness and wit and wide-eyed humor. Cooper's proud performance from Sundin Music Hall in St Paul was all about the joy of music making. Her March 4th (2012) performance is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/22/regional-spotlight-imogen-cooper?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Jay and Loren Fishmann perform with the Minnesota Sinfonia Father-son team Jay and Loren Fishmann perform the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, this weekend with the Minnesota Sinfonia. Both joined Steve Staruch in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio earlier this week to talk about their collaboration. The concerts are listed on the events calendar at classicalmpr.org http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/16/jay-and-loren-fishmann-perform-with-the-minnesota-sinfonia?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:18:05 -0500 Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf College Choir The St Olaf Choir celebrated its 100 anniversary with a mid-winter tour. The highlights of which are in this week's Regional Spotlight. Anton Armstrong leads the choir and orchestra of St Olaf College students in the Bach motet: Sing to the Lord a New Song, and the world premiere of a work written especially for the centennial celebration of the St Olaf Choir by St Olaf alumnus, Minnesota composer, Ralph M. Johnson: On Horizon's Brim. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/15/regional-spotlight-st-olaf-college-choir?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Exultate performs Handel: Messiah this weekend Exultate performs Handel: Messiah this weekend. Steve Staruch spoke with music director, Thomas Rossin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/09/exultate-performs-handel-messiah-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:16:36 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Ysaye Quartet Extremely sensitive to the color (timbre) of their own sound, the Ysaye Quartet performs with flair and great attention to musical nuance. The ensemble, which has been together for almost 30 years, brought all their gifts to a monumental work in the string quartet literature in a Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series concert. The Ysaye Quartet's performance of the Brahms String Quartet Op 51, No. 2 flows like liquid gold. That concert from just last month is this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/06/regional-spotlight-ysaye-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0600 The Bakken Trio Plays American Works The Bakken Trio continues its current season with a program of lyrical American works this Sunday, March 4 at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. The performance includes the world premiere of a piece titled, A Screened Porch in the Country, by 29 year old composer, Dan Visconti. Members of the Bakken Trio and the composer spoke with Steve Staruch in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/02/the-bakken-trio-plays-american-works?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:51:05 -0600 Regional Spotlight - South Dakota Chorale Johannes Brahms, like all composers, had a "day job." Brahms was the music director of several singing societies in Vienna. Pouring all of his melodic gifts into numerous works for choir, the choral pieces from his late fifties are especially filled with a kind of nostalgic golden glow. The South Dakota Chorale led by Charles Bruffy brings a slow-burning, mature passion to a performance of Brahms Four Quartets Op 92. Their performance from January 14 at Dordt College is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/29/regional-spotlight--south-dakota-chorale?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Bach and Jazz Paul Boehnke, the music director of the Bach Society of Minnesota, has an adventurous palate. "Take a sweet piece of fruit on one hand and it's sweet. Take a pungent cheese on the other and it's pungent. If you put the two together you get something brand new!" The Bach Society was joined by a team of well-known jazz musicians from the twin cities in a session at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio to reprise a program titled: Bach and Jazz. Their sweet/pungent performances are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/22/regional-spotlight-bach-and-jazz?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Artaria Quartet Embarking on a two year project to perform all the string quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich, the Artaria Quartet is well on there way to mastering these highly respected and deeply emotional pieces. From a performance this past January at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, the Artaria plays the Shostakovich Quartet No. 1 with raw power and wide-eyed enthusiasm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/14/regional-spotlight-artaria-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:00:00 -0600 Interview with Luther Warren, Violin Soloist with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies Luther Warren is a most serious violinist. At 16 he was the recent winner of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies Solo Competition. He will perform the opening movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto this Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. Warren spoke with Steve Staruch in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio to talk about his performing experiences and play the piece. He was joined by accompanist Tom Bartsch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/10/interview-with-luther-warren-violin-soloist-with-the-minnesota-youth-symphonies?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra features a Young Artist Solo Competition. This years finalists were all wonderful high-school aged musicians from the area. Their performances from the final round of the competition, recorded at Concordia College in Moorhead on January 8, are in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/08/regional-spotlight-fargomoorhead-symphony-orchestra-young-artist-solo-competition?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Interview with Judith Lang Zaimont Composer Judith Zaimont and her music are the focus of a residency taking place at the U of M School of Music. Steve Staruch spoke to her about the regional premiere of her new work: Solar Traveler for Piano and Wind Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/08/interview-with-judith-lang-zaimont?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:12:17 -0600 An interview and performance from Accordo They are colleagues and friends, a most welcome combination in the highly emotional world of chamber music performance. First chair players in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, Steven Copes, Ruggero Allifranchini , Maiya Papach and Tony Ross are Accordo. In anticipation of a performance on Monday, February 6, Accordo stopped by to perform and chat with Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/02/accordo?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 12:08:09 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Nelson Goerner There are those magical piano recital performances where everything goes superbly. When the program sings, the piano purrs and the audiences listens as one to every nuance of the artist, it's something indescribable. Pianist Nelson Goerner gave a Frederic Chopin Society recital just this last weekend. By all accounts this was a performance that will live long in the memory. His Mozart performance was especially transcendent as you will hear in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/01/regional-spotlight-nelson-goerner?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:36:06 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Kegelstatt Trio The story goes that Mozart composed the Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano while playing an outdoor form of bowling (think bocce). Mozart must have been winning that afternoon as the Kegelstatt Trio is good natured and full of joyful melodies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/19/regional-spotlight-kegelstatt-trio?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:33:24 -0600 Classical Playlist for Yoga Many superb teachers of yoga use music during their classes. While I certainly don't presume to be an instructor, I do offer a playlist that I believe is all about flow: the flow from one basic yoga posture into another, from a basic child's pose, to an initial sun salutation, and all the way to a delicious shavasana. Each of these pieces provides a friendly "now." I hope that you enjoy them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/13/classical-playlist-for-yoga?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Cello in the Park There are those rare occasions when a performance makes you lose track of time; when the artist's personality melds with the essence of a piece of music. Those moments are magical. In this week's Regional Spotlight two artists, cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova, make that kind of magic in a performance from the Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series recital November 15, 2011. With the gorgeous Cello Sonata No. 2 by 20th century Russian composer Nikolay Myaskovsky, their beautiful performance slows down time itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/03/regional-spotlight-cello-in-the-park?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Holiday Performances All month long the Regional Spotlight at Classical MPR will include regional holiday performances and recordings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/29/regional-spotlight-holiday-performances?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Bella Voce Young Women's Choir The regional spotlight this week shines on the Bella Voce Young Women's Choir led by Shelly Winemiller. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/10/regional-spotlight-bella-voce-choir?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: St. Lawrence String Quartet A performance of one of Dvorak's final works by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/27/dvorak-rss?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:00:00 -0500 A Musical Meeting in the Palace of Reason! A performance from members of the Bach Society of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/26/bach-society?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Misha Dacic and Liszt Misha Dacic performs Liszt's Fantasie and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H from a Frederic Chopin Society recital. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/20/misha-dacic?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: I Cantanti Northfield based chamber choir performs Vivaldi and traditional music arranged by Ron Staheli. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/13/cantanti?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:00:00 -0500 The Dvorak Project What does it mean for a composer like Dvorak, steeped in 19th century romanticism to come face to face with the modern world? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/11/the-dvorak-project?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Dracula and the Metropolitan Ballet Steve Staruch interviews Erik Sanborn, composer and choreographer of the Metropolitan Ballet's "Dracula" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/07/dracula-ballet?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Boychoir The Minnesota Boychoir performs two pieces from a song cycle composed by Julia Singer and Tim Takach. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/06/mnboyschoir?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Jonathan Biss Returns to the SPCO Jonathan Biss talks about leading the SPCO. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/05/jonathan-biss-spco?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Pacifica Quartet Completes the Beethoven Cycle The Pacifica Quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor Opus 18, No. 4 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/29/pacifica-beethoven-cycle?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Immersion A performance of "Immersion for Symphonic Band" by Alex Shapiro. Airs Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/22/regional-spotlight-immersion?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Linda Tutas Haugen on "Pocahontas" Composer Linda Tutas Haugan talks about the premiere of "Pocahontas". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/21/pocahontas?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Jupiter String Quartet The Jupiter String Quartet performs Schumann's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 3. (Airing today at 3 p.m.) http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/15/jupiter-string-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Elizabeth Alexander An interview and performance from Minnesota composer Elizabeth Alexander http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/08/elizabeth-alexander?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Pacifica Plays Beethoven The Pacifica Quartet plays Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1 from 2011 Music in the Park Series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/01/pacifica-beethoven?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Gerth Performs Rota Jennifer Gerth and Timothy Lovelace perform the Clarinet Sonata by Nino Rota at the 2010 Alexandria Festival of the Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/25/regional-spotlight-gerth?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Gregory Hamilton With the start of school right around the corner, this week's Regional Spotlight is a performance from the Concordia College Orchestra and Associate music faculty member, cellist, Gregory Hamilton. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/18/regional-spotlight-gregory-hamilton?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:20:07 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Elisso Virsaladze and Chopin Elisso Virsaladze performs Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat, Op. 61 at Hamline University in April 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/11/regional-spotlight-elisso-virsalaldze-and-chopin?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Arado And Lovelace Stephanie Arado and Timothy Lovelace perform Schumann at the 2010 Alexandria Festival of the Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/04/alexfest?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: From Age To Age Choral group From Age To Age performs Joshua Nice composition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/27/age-to-age?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Arianna String Quartet The Arianna String Quartet performs Grieg's G minor, Op. 27 quartet at Madeline Island. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/21/arianna-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Interview: Alessio Bax To watch Alessio Bax play is to see music made from the inside out. To hear this young pianist is to experience the wide palate of colors the piano is capable of producing. Alessio Bax performs the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 Saturday night at Benson Great Hall. The concert is part of the Young Artist World Piano Festival which continues through the weekend. Steve Staruch spoke with Bax earlier today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/15/alessio-bax?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:55:48 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Symphonic Winds The Minnesota Symphonic Winds play two pieces by composers with local connections. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/14/minnesota-symphonic-winds?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Elisso Virsaladze Elisso Virsaladze performs Mozart Sonata in C minor, K457 at Sundin Hall at Hamline University in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/07/elisso-virsaladze?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Magnum Chorum Magnum Chorum performs in St. Paul http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/30/magnum-chorum?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Beethoven Made Easy The Pacifica Quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 127 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/23/pacifica-beethoven-3?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Beethoven's Fountain of Perpetual Youth! The Pacifica Quartet performs Beethoven String Quartet Opus 18, No. 5 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/09/pacifica_beethoven_1?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: A Metropolitan Take On Brubeck The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra performs Dave Brubeck's "Elementals" to celebrate the composer's 90th birthday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/02/metropolitan_symphony_brubeck?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Alon Goldstein Pianist Alon Goldstein performs a Debussy Prelude recorded at the Frederic Chopin Society recital in March. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/26/alon-goldstein-regional-spotlight?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Have Avocation, Will Travel Local pianist Stephen Stouder performs in the Van Cliburn competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/24/stephen-stouder?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Trumpets Unite! Interview with Del Lyren, representing the International Trumpet Guild's 35th Annual Conference. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/24/del-lyren?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 11:55:21 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Joshua Fishbein Composer Joshua Fishbein is this week's Regional Spotlight http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/20/regional-spotlight-joshua-fishbein?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 14:48:01 -0500 Carrie Henneman Shaw and her A-Team Carrie Henneman Shaw and friends perform madrigals by Monteverdi http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/20/carrie_shaw?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival A 2010 performance of the Schumann Piano Quartet from the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/12/regional-spotlight-three-bridges-international-chamber-music-festival?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 08:00:00 -0500 New Music from Ensemble 61 Twin Cities new music group, Ensemble 61, performs in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/05/ensemble_61?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 15:00:00 -0500 ChoralQuest - New Music For Kids The Oak Grove Middle School choir sings a new piece commissioned for them by ChoralQuest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/28/oak_grove_singers?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Mankato Symphony Orchestra The Mankato Symphony Orchestra's 60th anniversary season began last October with a gala concert that featured a fanfare written by former music director, Rolf Scheurer, and the Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, "Italian." Listen online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/21/regional-spotlight-mankato-symphony-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf Band The St. Olaf Band with director Timothy Mahr is in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/14/regional-spotlight-st-olaf-band?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Rafal Blechacz At just 20 years old, Rafal Blechacz won the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competion in Warsaw. Listen to the reason he was the winner in his stunning performance of Chopin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/24/regional-spotlight-rafal-blechacz?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf Choir The St. Olaf Choir "Home Concert" from the choir's Winter Tour is the Regional Spotlight this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/17/regional-spotlight-st-olaf-choir?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Jupiter String Quartet and clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester Mozart from the Music in the Park series last month with the Jupiter String Quartet and clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/10/regional-spotlight-jupiter-franch-ballester-mozart?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Axel Theimer of Kantorei Kantorei Director Axel Theimer leads his ensemble in music and conversation with Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/28/regional-spotlight-axel-theimer-kantorei?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Shai Wosner and Steven Copes Long time friends, SPCO concertmaster Steven Copes and pianist Shai Wosner played Beethoven to open their Music in the Park recital. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/17/regional-spotlight-shai-wosner-steven-copes?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Minnesota All-State Choir All three ensembles from the Minnesota All-State Choir from last summer are represented in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/08/regional-spotlight-minnesota-all-state-choir?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Dvorak Concerto has a new fan: John Belk Soft-spoken yet intensely passionate about music, especially the cello, 16 year old John Belk is preparing to perform the opening movement of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/03/belk?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 23:31:46 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Zuill Bailey If anyone could be said to be a rock-star of the cello - especially when pouring his heart out playing Bach - it would be Zuill Bailey. Listen to a recent concert of Bach from Music in the Park last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/01/regional-spotlight-zuill-bailey?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Judith Howarth Steve Staruch speaks with soprano Judith Howarth about her perfomance in the title role of the upcoming MN Opera production of Donizetti's "Mary Stuart" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/27/regional-spotlight-judith-howarth?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:21:09 -0600 Regional Spotlight: The Choral Arts Ensemble Singing in a choir is about love, love of the music, love of singing "together," and loving the audience. The Choral Arts Ensemble from Rochester demonstrate why they are one of the best choirs in the region from a performance given earlier this season. The sound the ensemble produces in two works by Handel and Mozart is full and round and joy filled. It is a pleasure to feature the Choral Arts Ensemble and director Michael Culloton in this week's Regional Spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/20/regional-spotlight-choral-arts-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:07:40 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Tantalus Quartet Spend your afternoon with the marvelous Tantalus Guitar Quartet from a concert last fall in Waconia's Music by the Lake Concert Series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/11/regional-spotlight-tantalus-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Imani Winds It's the Imani Winds playing highlights from their recent Music in the Park recital. You can stream online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/05/regional-spotlight-imani-winds?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Anton Kuerti A Beethoven recital given by Anton Kuerti is an "event." Don't miss listening to his fiery performance of the Appassionata Sonata from a Chopin Society recital in Saint Paul last November. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/22/regional-spotlight-anton-kuerti?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Taste of the Holidays Steve Staruch had so much extra recorded concert material from this year's 'Taste of the Holidays' that he's put some of it together in a holiday medley that is this week's Regional Spotlight. Enjoy! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/22/regional-spotlight-taste-of-the-holidays?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Hiram Titus If you go to local theatre, you know Hiram Titus' work. He's been Composer in Residence for four years with the Minneapolis Children's Theater and his music has been heard at Guthrie shows as well as in genres like opera, film and TV. Listen to him online as he improvises on-the-spot at the Taste of the Holidays concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/16/regional_spotlight_hiram_titus?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Menahem Pressler Pianist Menahem Pressler and friends' performance will make you fall in love with this less-oft played Mozart Quartet from their performance this past October on the Music in the Park Series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/09/regional-spotligtht-menahem-pressler?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Taste of the Holidays Classical Minnesota Public Radio is dedicated to showcasing local Minnesota music and the musicians who create it. Catch some of the regional artists this holiday on stage, on the radio and in a new CD of music and recipes from The Splendid Table - "Taste of the Holidays." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/18/taste-of-the-holidays?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Metropolitan Symphony celebrates Brubeck's 90th Music Director of the MSO, Bill Schrickel, discusses his admiration for Dave Brubeck and the concert he conducts this weekend in his honor. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/17/metopolitan-symphony-brubeck?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Trio Montecino Meditation and Hoolerie - a piece that features the high, laughing registers of the clarinet - is this week's spotlight with the ensemble Trio Montecino. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/09/regional-spotlight-trio-montecino?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Bridge Festival plays Schubert Listen online to Schubert from a concert last summer in Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/25/regional-spotlight-bridge-festival?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:40:36 -0500 Regional Spotlight: New York Polyphony Their voices are out of this world - and will take you to another place and time. It's New York Polyphony. Listen to a recent recital at St. Olaf online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/19/regional-spotlight-new-york-polyphony?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Choir of Clare College One of the finest choirs in the world came to Saint Paul last month. Their sparkling rendition of music from the Anglican tradition is online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/13/regional-spotlight-choir-of-clare-college?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:16:36 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Denis Evstuhin Russian born Twin-Cities pianist Denis Evstuhin was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to compete in Warsaw in the Chopin Piano Competition happening now. Listen online to four Chopin impromptus he played at a warm-up recital in Saint Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/06/regional-spotlight-denis-evstuhin?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 14:30:15 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Paul Rudoi Cantus tenor and composer Paul Rudoi uses a grant from the Composers Forum to record his own choral music. Listen to this sublime music online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/29/regional_spotlight_?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:45:25 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Lawrence Wiliford sings Benjamin Britten Former Cantus tenor Lawrence Wiliford will release a new disc of music by Benjamin Britten next week. Listen ahead of the release to a few tracks online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/22/regional-spotlight-lawrence-wiliford-benjamin-britten?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:40:09 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Schubert Club's Yefim Bronfman recital The Schubert Club's International Artist series begins October 7th with a recital given by Renee Fleming. Listen on-line to a fabulous recital from last season - Yefim Bronfman plays Schumann. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/16/regional_spotlight_yefim_bronfman_schumann?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:29:22 -0500 Regional Spotlight: The Knights The Knights play well-known music in new and unconventional ways that bring out a freshness and immediacy that is thrilling. Listen to them online play Copland's 'Appalachian Spring.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/08/regional-spotlight-the-knights?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 17:40:07 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Copper Street Brass They're five brass players from Albuquerque, New Mexico who now make the Twin Cities their home - it's Copper Street Brass - a group whose smart programming and bright personalities has taken the brass quintet to a new level. Check out a few songs online, and meet them at the State Fair this Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/02/regional-spotlight-copper-street-brass?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 15:29:29 -0500 Metropolitan Ballet dances Carmen and celebrates life of Nijinsky The Metropolitan Ballet opens the season this Sunday with a performance of Carmen and a new work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ballets Russes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/13/metropolitan_ballet_carmen?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 05:08:31 -0500 Regional Spotlight: From Age to Age From Age to Age is a vocal ensemble from Northern Minnesota that attains to change the world one concert at a time. You'll feel changed listening to their spiritually uplifting concert recording online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/11/regional-spotlight-from-age-to-age?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 11:32:44 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Yefim Bronfman Yefim Bronfman gives a sparkling performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Sonata from a Schubert Club recital earlier this year. Listen online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/05/regional-spotlight-yefim-bronfman?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 11:40:01 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Susan Graham If you're looking for a gorgeous and relaxing soundtrack for a beautiful mid-summer day, look no further - listen online to "America's favorite mezzo-soprano" Susan Graham sing French chanson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/29/regional-spotlight-susan-graham?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper Listen on-line to a deeply emotional performance of Bach by one of England's best pianists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/22/regional-spotlight-imogen-cooper?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:23:35 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Madeline Island Music Camp's Jupiter Quartet Listen online to an exclusive performance recording from this year's Madeline Island Music Camp. The Jupiter Quartet plays Claude Debussy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/06/regional-spotlight-madeline-island-jupiter-quartet?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 17:25:48 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble Listen on-line to this exclusive recording of three songs from the Silver Jubilee Concert by the Choral Arts Ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/30/regional-spotlight-choral-arts-ensemble?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:13:26 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Jupiter Quartet Listen on-line to this exclusive recording of a recent performance of Schumann by the Jupiter String Quartet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/15/regional-spotlight-jupiter-quartet?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:59:43 -0500 The Merry Widow Cast from Skylark Opera performs song from "The Merry Widow" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/09/merry_widow?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Julia Bogorad-Kogan Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Principal Flutist Julia Bogorad-Kogan plays a haunting melody by Debussy for a warm late Spring afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/07/regional-spotlight-julia-bogorad-kogan?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 16:37:20 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Joyce Yang They call her a "million-volt stage presence!" - Joyce Yang - the spectacular young Korean pianist who captured a silver medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/03/regional-spotlight-joyce-yang?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 12:00:11 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Carrie Henneman Shaw Like her hero, Dawn Upshaw, Carrie Henneman Shaw is an artist who embraces multiple styles freely and with passion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/27/carrie-henneman-shaw?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 14:45:42 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble Choral Treasures from Rochester: The Choral Arts Ensemble sings Rachmaninov http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/19/regional-spotlight-choral-arts-ensemble?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 10:48:59 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Grand Symphonic Winds Saint Paul's Grand Symphonic Winds just returned from China for gigs in Beijing and Shanghai. Listen to them play an upbeat work by American composer Frank Ticheli. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/12/regional-spotlight_grand-symphonic-winds?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 10:34:35 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Jennifer Koh It was a cold and dark night in the middle of winter when Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Anssi Karttunen gave a recital for the Schubert Club. Listen to a heated up set of Hungarian Folk Tunes by Bela Bartok. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/05/regional-spotlight-jennifer-koh-anssi-karttunen?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Benjamin Grosvenor All grown-up child prodigy Benjamin Grosvenor plays jazz etudes by Nicolai Kapustin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/07/regional_spotlight_benjamin-grosvenor?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf Choir and Abbie Betinis The old and the brand new from a recent St. Olaf Choir concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/30/regional_spotlight_abbie-betinas-st-olaf-choir?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Leslie Shank Violinist Leslie Shank gives an impassioned performance of Saint-Saens first violin sonata. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/24/regional_spotlight_leslie_shank?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Katherine on my Chest While he earns a living as a Twin Cities physician, Stanley Woolner truly lives through music -- especially with a special piece of music written after the tragic murder of his daughter. This weekend, the stunning work he wrote will be performed by the Minnesota Sinfonia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/18/stanley_woolner?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Matt Haimovitz He plays Bach like the best of them, but has a renegade streak performing in some unlikely settings. Cellist Matt Haimovitz is our guest on Regional Spotlight. Listen to the live interview and performance online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/12/matt_haimovitz_dakota?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Caritas Vocal Ensemble The Caritas Vocal Ensemble seeks to change the world with their singing. Seek a change in your afternoon with beautiful music sung by Caritas on-line. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/10/caritas-vocal-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Young Soloists in the Spotlight Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies shines the light on the musical stars of tomorrow in a special concert this Sunday. We invited the soloists - Sophia Parente and Michael Wu to perform at MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/03/gtcys_concerto?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 14:30:27 -0600 Celebrate Chopin's 200th birthday with Eric Himy Steve Staruch welcomes pianist Eric Himy to MPR for a live on-air all-Chopin recital to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the pianist/composer's birth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/25/eric-himy-chopin?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 14:05:38 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Music in the Park Four Minnesota Orchestra members play a Mozart Divertimento. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/17/regional-spotlight-music-in-the-parks?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: David Evan Thomas David Evan Thomas gets a premiere of his "Valentines" on this Valentine's Day. Listen on-line to a recent performance of Thomas' "Come to the Waters." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/10/regional-spotlight-david-evan-thomas?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:55:54 -0600 Asteria brings Medieval music to the 21st Century Asteria is soprano Sylvia Rhyne and tenor and lutist Eric Redlinger. They spoke with Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Starruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/09/asteria?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 15:27:26 -0600 Regional spotlight: Morten Lauridsen Morten Lauridsen is in Minnesota for the first time in 40 years. His music is featured in two performances this weekend with The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/03/regional_spotlight_morten_lauridsen?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Natalie Alper-Leroux performs Hindemith High School sophomore Natalie Alper-Leroux performs Hindemith. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/03/mys_natalie?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Bach Society of Minnesota Twin Cities-based Bach Society sings a choral motet from a great family of musicians including Bach's uncle, Johann Christoph. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/27/regional_spotlight_bach_society_minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Nic McGegan is 60! The beloved former Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Nicholas McGegan will have 60 candles on his birthday cake today. Celebrate by streaming one of his performances of Bach. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/13/mcgegan_spco_bach?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble This week, it's the Choral Arts Ensemble singing a piece written just for them by Los Angeles/Tokyo based composer Kentaro Sato. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/07/regional_spotlight_choral_arts?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 10:37:41 -0600 Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf Choir One of the new pieces heard on this year's St. Olaf Christmas festival was written by a student composer, Stanford Scriven, class of '11. It's a sparkling setting of a familiar text and you can hear it today on regional spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/10/regional_spotlight_st_olaf_scriven?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:05:47 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Joyce Yang plays Brahms Joyce Yang has been described as a "million-volt presence" on stage. Those who were at her recital several weeks ago at the Janet Wallace Fine Art Center in St Paul would heartily agree. Listen to Joyce Yang play Brahms on Regional Spotlight and on-line. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/02/regional_spotlight_joyce_yang_brahms?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: American Songs Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with the "ambassador" of American song, Thomas Hampson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/23/regional_spotlight_thomas_hampson?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Schubert Club Museum, 30th Anniversary The Schubert Club Museum in Saint Paul is celebrating its 30th anniversary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/19/regional-spotlight-schubert-club-museum?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:15:51 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Osmo Vanska plays Aho Osmo Vanska picked up his clarinet and joined a group of his fellow Minnesota Orchestra musicians for the US premiere of a quintet by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/11/regional_spotlight_osmo_vanska?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight - Summer Singers Tune in to Classical Minnesota Public Radio Thursday afternoon for Regional Spotlight. Host Steve Staruch will highlight Minnesota choir The Summer Singers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/02/regional-spotlight-summer-singers?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:00:47 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Nareh Arghamanyan On Thursday's Regional Spotlight we'll feature Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan. She performed just a few weeks ago for the Frederic Chopin Society of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/13/regional-spotlight-nareh-arghamanyan-frederic-chopin-society?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:37:22 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Oslo Chamber Choir On Thursday's Regional Spotlight, classical host Steve Staruch features a recent performance by the visiting Oslo Chamber Choir at Boe Memorial Chapel at St. Olaf College in Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/08/regional-spotlight-oslo-chamber-choir?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 MacPhail instructor visits home of Suzuki method MacPhail School of Music instructor Beatrice Blanc visits the home of the Suzuki method of violin education. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/06/beatrice_blanc?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Isabel Bayrakdarian's Perfect Role Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian talks about her music and heritage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/23/isabel_bayrakdarian?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 08:24:27 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Lyra Baroque Lyra Baroque kicks off their 25th anniversary season by commemorating two other important anniversaries: the birth of Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and the death of George Frederic Handel (1685-1759). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/22/regional-spotlight-lyra-baroque?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:46:13 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite As the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra plans to say farewell to Artistic Partner Douglas Boyd next week, Classical Minnesota Public Radio is featuring some of his most memorable performances of the last six seasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/17/regional_spotlight_pulcinella_stravinsky_spco?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:58:15 -0500 Douglas Boyd waves farewell to the SPCO His musician colleagues call him "Dougie," but Douglas Boyd is all about hard work in rehearsals and concerts. That has allowed him to forge a strong connection with the SPCO and audiences for the six years of his artistic partnership. He bids adieu to Minnesota this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/16/boyd_spco_swansong?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Michael Steinberg on Beethoven's 'Missa Solemnis' MPR classical host Steve Staruch talks with the Minnesota Orchestra's Michael Steinberg about the Beethoven "Missa Solemnis," in the final concert of the orchestra's 2008-2009 season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/michael_steinberg?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Cantus and the National Lutheran Choir perform in the MPR studios Two Minnesota-based national touring choirs are performing together in a concert titled, "Soul," featuring the music of Gabrieli, William Byrd and new arrangements of traditional gospel songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/23/cantus_and_nlc?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony players perform in studio Two soloists from the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony preview weekend concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/youth_symphony?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 15:45:00 -0600 An Exuberance of Cellos Bakken Trio member Mina Fisher and cellist Kirsten Whitson talk about the upcoming cello festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/exuberance_of_cellos?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:00:00 -0600 The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo performs in Classical MPR Studio Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl perform from the limited repertoire of oboe and double bass. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/vecchione_erdahl?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 10:48:51 -0600 Cantus begins new season with its 10th CD The Twin Cities vocal ensemble Cantus begins its new season this weekend, featuring works from its 10th recording, "While You Are Alive." The group gave MPR classical music host Steve Staruch a preview. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/classical_cantus?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 10:59:55 -0500 150 years of glee Minnesota isn't alone in celebrating a 150th birthday this year. The Harvard Glee Club was also born in 1858. America's oldest college choir stopped by Minnesota Public Radio for a sampling of a few songs from the group's sesquicentennial tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/harvardgleeclub?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 09:55:44 -0500 Brooklyn quartet rides into Stillwater The Brooklyn Rider string quartet is back in Minnesota hosting the Stillwater Music Festival. The group's concerts include an all Scandinavian program honoring the state's sesquicentennial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/25/brooklynrider?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 14:40:37 -0500 A passionate young quartet The Miro Quartet is one of the top chamber groups in the country. After little more than a decade, the young quartet has gained a reputation for its powerful and sophisticated interpretations of traditional and contemporary repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/miroquartet?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 10:37:50 -0500 A soprano's summer songs Soprano Karen Clift is back in the Twin Cities for the Schubert Club's Summer Song Festival. She stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to perform songs by Benjamin Britten and Clara Schumann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/cliftsongrecital?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 08:39:54 -0500 Rose Ensemble leaves for European tour Before departing on the first of three European tours this summer, the Rose Ensemble stopped by the Minnesota Public Radio studios to perform some of the music the group will sing at festivals in Italy and France. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/roseensembleeurope?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 14:21:22 -0500 The passionate and powerful piano of Mihaela Ursuleasa Mihaela Ursuleasa is a commanding pianist and one of the biggest talents in the piano world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/02/mihaelaursuleasa?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 12:26:44 -0500 Schubert Club Competition Winners: Caitlin Cisler Several winners of the Schubert Club's Scholarship Competition visited Minnesota Public Radio to share their artistry. Among them is soprano Caitlin Cisler, a grad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/schubertcisler?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Schubert Club Competition Winners: Stephen Krishnan Guitarist Stephen Krishnan, 16, of Mounds View High School, is one of the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition winners. He stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to share his musical talents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/schubertkrishnan?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Schubert Club Competition Winners: Emily Anderson Several winners of the Schubert Club's Scholarship Competition visited Minnesota Public Radio to share their artistry. Among them is violinist Emily Anderson, 17, of Stillwater High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/schubertanderson?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Awadagin Pratt's amazing pianism Pianist Awadagin Pratt first came to public attention in 1992 after winning the Naumburg Piano Competition. Since then he's become an established presence in classical music with a colorful, dynamic and thoughtful approach to the piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/awadaginpratt?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 09:07:00 -0500 Next stop for young violinist: Carnegie Hall Twin Cities native and violinist Ariana Kim grew up in a musical household. Both her parents are professional musicians, and it never occured to her that she wouldn't grow up to play an instrument. Kim makes her Carnegie Hall debut this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/arianakim?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 14:46:49 -0600 A two-bass hit Nate Farrington and Blake Hinson are two young musicians riding the wave of a double bass renaissance. They're in the Twin Cities for performances with the Minnesota Sinfonia. They talked with MPR classical music host Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/15/sinfoniabassists?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 18:00:02 -0600 Celebrating Minnesota's Sesquicentennial in song The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists are commemorating the state's 150th birthday by exploring the rich Minnesota choral tradition in a series of concerts through this weekend. Conductor Matthew Culloton and the group stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to perform a few selections from the concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/singerssesquicentennial?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 09:40:05 -0600 New baby inspires new music for cellist Matt Haimovitz Cellist Matt Haimovitz and his wife, composer Luna Pearl Woolf, have found that their new baby girl is inspiring some new music. The couple is in the Twin Cities for the Minnesota Sinfonia's premiere of Woolf's "Max's Moon," written after the rediscovery of some classic children's books. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/haimowitz?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 14:46:30 -0600 The alternative pianist Christopher O'Riley made his name with recordings of classical music by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ravel and Busoni. But lately he's become better known for his solo piano interpretations of music by alternative rock acts like Radiohead and the late Elliot Smith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/oriley?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2008 02:55:41 -0600 Frankly helping young musicians Many of great classical music performers give master classes as a part of their concert tours. During these sessions aspiring musicians take turns playing for the "master," often in front of a small audience. Acclaimed violinist Pamela Frank doesn't much care for the term "master class." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/pamelafrank?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 01:31:57 -0600 Look ma, no valves David Kjar's 18th century "natural" trumpet has no valves to help him find the notes. He changes the pitch and volume by his lips. The Minnesota native is back home for performances with Lyra Baroque. He stopped by Minnesota Public Radio for a chat with host Steve Staruch and gave some some examples of virtuosity on this challenging instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/19/davidkjar?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2007 04:00:07 -0600 Violinist Chloe Hanslip celebrates her 20th birthday in Minnesota Acclaimed English Violinist Chloe Hanslip is marking her 20th birthday with a recital in St. Cloud. She talks with Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Staruch about growing up with the violin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/28/chloehanslip?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 19:00:23 -0500 Orchestra Hall spotlight reveals bass motives Bassist William Schrickel is usually stuck in the back row of the Minnesota Orchestra. But this week he gets a rare chance to stand out front and show off his virtuosity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/19/schrickelfrisch?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Touring choir follows the path of Swedish immigrants One of Sweden's oldest church choirs is on a concert tour of Minnesota this month. The Uppsala Cathedral Choir stopped by Minnesota Public Radio for a chat with host Steve Staruch and a performance of a few selections from the concert program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/18/uppsala?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2007 16:40:00 -0500 From the subway to the concert hall When they started out, the members of Trio Voronezh played their Russian folk instruments on the streets and in the subways in Germany, France and the Netherlands. Today they're more at home in concert halls across Europe and U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/20/triovoronezh?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2007 18:46:45 -0500 Scottish pianist faces the demands of Brahms Two years ago when Scottish pianist Steven Osborne was last in the Twin Cities, he played an enormous 20th-century work. On Sunday he's playing a more traditional program, but he says the Brahms will still be physically demanding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/osborne?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 17:55:00 -0600 Meant for the Met? For aspiring young singers, the Metropolitan Opera auditions are an important step in building a career. Minnesota Opera resident artist Jamie-Rose Guarrine hopes this weekend's regional auditions in St. Paul will work that way for her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/16/operaaudition?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2007 16:26:35 -0600 Dona nobis pickin' The Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence is mixing mountain and classical music in what may be the first bluegrass mass. Minnesota composer Carol Barnett took on the challenge of blending disparate styles to create a cohesive composition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/18/bluegrassmass?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 16:52:06 -0600 English conductor leads Minnesota Orchestra tradition Christopher Warren-Green gave up the violin for the podium, which has given him the chance to conduct what he describes as one of the greatest pieces of music ever written: Handel's "Messiah." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/08/warrengreen?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 15:15:00 -0600 Richard Troxell tells tales of a tenor Tenor Richard Troxell sings the title role in the Minnesota Opera's production of "The Tales of Hoffman." He talks with Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Staruch about the joy of being a tenor and eliminating the fear factor some people have about opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/30/richardtroxell?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2006 17:04:12 -0600 Arnold Steinhardt lives his violin dreams Arnold Steinhardt has had a complicated, 63-year-long relationship with the violin. The longtime member of the renowned Guarneri String Quartet talks with Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Staruch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/20/steinhardt?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 16:08:35 -0500