Minnesota Public Radio features by Alison Young http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30143 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:46:09 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Alison Young http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 UK's quirky Ukulele Orchestra hits Minnesota for a sold-out show The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has been "often imitated, never replicated." Alison Young caught up with a member from the quirky band of eight entertainers before their sold-out concert Saturday night at St. John's University in Collegeville. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/06/ukulele-orchestra-of-great-britain-hits-minnesota-for-soldout-show?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Grammy-winning flutist Rhonda Larson comes to Minneapolis for Flute Fest This year, the Upper Midwest Flute Association will invite a "world flutist," Grammy winner Rhonda Larson, as its guest artist for Flute Fest 2018 on Saturday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/04/rhonda-larson-comes-to-minneapolis-for-flute-fest-2018?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Rene Clausen's 'Passion' celebrates Concordia College in Moorhead Rene Clausen composed his commissioned 'Passion' to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Concordia College in Moorhead, as well as the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Listen to Clausen's work performed by the Concordia Orchestra, voice faculty and four choirs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/28/rene-clausens-passion-celebrates-concordia-college-in-moorhead?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Listen to Handel's 'Messiah' on Easter Sunday with the SPCO Join Alison Young in celebrating Easter with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance of Handel's 'Messiah,' a piece who's message continues to resonate nearly 300 years later. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/28/listen-to-handels-messiah-this-easter-sunday-at-noon?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Jonathan Biss returns for more Beethoven with the SPCO Pianist Jonathan Biss is back in St. Paul for a sort of Beethoven banquet with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with four concerts that begin Thursday and culminate Saturday night with a live broadcast on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/31/jonathan-biss-returns-for-more-beethoven-with-the-spco?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0600 One Voice Mixed Chorus finds 'Sanctuary' in stories of immigrants Minnesota has been a place of refuge for immigrants from the earliest days of statehood. The stories of arriving in this place are often poignant. One Voice Mixed Chorus has taken those tales and weaved them into a concert presentation called "Sanctuary." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/19/one-voice-mixed-chorus-finds-sanctuary-in-stories-of-immigrants?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Come in from the cold with the 12 best classical works for winter It's a little cold out there, eh? So the time is ideal to survey the best classical works for winter. No matter how frigid it gets outside, these dozen frosty concoctions are sure to warm your musical heart. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/19/come-in-from-the-cold-with-the-12-best-classical-works-for-winter?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0600 The Nutcracker: A holiday tradition 'The Nutcracker' sets the scene and the tone for the holiday season. Alison Young presents the Berlin Philharmonic's performance of Tchaikovsky's work and talks about its accompanying dance with Ballet Minnesota Artistic Director Andrew Rist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/04/the-nutcracker-a-holiday-tradition?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Thanksgiving with Cantus The members of Cantus, one of the premier men's vocal ensembles, talk with host Alison Young about the holiday, about sitting down with those we love and celebrating all the blessings in our lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/21/thanksgiving-with-cantus?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Grand Duo: SPCO and Classical MPR celebrate a special bond The relationship between Classical MPR and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has been long and fruitful on both sides. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/02/spco-and-classical-mpr-celebrate-50-years-together?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:20:00 -0500 Celebrating piano and woodwinds in Bemidji Saturday, Oct. 21 is Woodwind and Piano Day 2017 at Bemidji State, a full day of performances, workshops and instrument-specific classes with the help of esteemed BSU woodwind and piano faculty. Classical MPR's Alison Young recently welcomed eight BSU faculty-member musicians into the studio for performance and conversation ahead of Saturday's event. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/19/celebrating-piano-and-woodwinds-in-bemidji-?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:50:00 -0500 Live broadcast: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra season-opening concert Pianist Orion Weiss makes his Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra debut this weekend, playing Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano -- better known as the Triple Concerto. Listen to the live broadcast of the SPCO season-opening concert on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m., with host Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/17/live-broadcast-saint-paul-chamber-orchestra-seasonopening-concert?refid=0 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0500 The Bakken Trio celebrate Nadia Boulanger Mina Fisher, the Artistic Director of the Bakken Trio, has written a new play to tell French musician and pedagogue extraordinaire Nadia Boulanger's story through words and music. Ahead of the performances at the MacPhail Center in Minneapolis on Sept. 17 and 18, the Bakken Trio visited the Classical MPR studio for performance and conversation with host Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/14/the-bakken-trio-celebrate-nadia-boulanger?refid=0 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Beethoven Festival: Dover Quartet Hear the performance by The Dover Quartet, who made their Minnesota Beethoven Festival debut on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Before the concert, Alison Young spoke to Dover Quartet first violinist Joel Link about what it's like to be part of this rising string quartet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/18/minnesota-beethoven-festival-dover-quartet?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:15:00 -0500 SPCO Live: World Premiere of Pierre Jalbert's Violin Concerto Join Alison Young in a live broadcast of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 10. This concert features a world premiere of Pierre Jalbert's Violin Concerto, as well as Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/09/spco-live-world-premiere-of-pierre-jalberts-violin-concerto?refid=0 Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0500 Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: exploring multiple musical worlds The SPCO festival 'Where Words End' is a chance for artists of various disciplines to join the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in exploring themes of immigration and cultural identity through the lens of Nordic music. Join host Classical MPR host Alison Young on Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m., for the live broadcast of this Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/13/saint-paul-chamber-orchestra-exploring-multiple-musical-worlds?refid=0 Sat, 13 May 2017 14:00:00 -0500 Paul McCreesh leads Handel's Messiah on Easter Sunday This Easter Sunday at noon, join Alison Young for the complete story from prophecy to resurrection in a stunning live concert with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and soloists conducted by early music specialist Paul McCreesh. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/16/hear-handels-messiah-on-easter-sunday?refid=0 Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0500 The Rose Ensemble: Lost in a Masqueray Starting Thursday, March 23, the Rose Ensemble begins a weekend-long concert tour of four of the most exquisite buildings in Minnesota, all designed by Franco-American architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray. Before the tour, the Rose Ensemble joined Classical MPR host Alison Young in the studio for performance and conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/23/the-rose-ensemble-lost-in-a-masqueray?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:30:00 -0500 Valentine's Day with Cantus Men's vocal ensemble Cantus join host Alison Young for an hour of music and conversation in celebration of Valentine's Day. Through their music, Cantus give voice to that familiar kind of love we celebrate on this day while also broadening that definition through their songs and personal reflections. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/14/valentine-s-day-with-cantus?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:50:00 -0600 So 189 flutists walk into the Ordway Concert Hall... Classical MPR's Alison Young - one of 189 flutists performing with Claire Chase on Feb. 1 at the Ordway Concert Hall - shares her experience, and her admiration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/01/cutting-circle-spco?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:34:00 -0600 The SPCO with Pekka Kuusisto Saturday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m., join host Alison Young for a live broadcast of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in concert at the Ordway Music Theater in downtown St. Paul, Minn. Artistic partner Pekka Kuusisto joins the SPCO for performance of Fritz Kreisler's Violin Concerto in C (in the style of Vivaldi), among other works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/07/the-spco-with-pekka-kuusisto?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jan 2017 13:50:00 -0600 Celebrate the New Year with Beethoven's 9th Symphony Join host Alison Young on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, starting at 11 a.m. to hear the Berlin Philharmonic, led by Simon Rattle, perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/01/celebrate-the-new-year-with-beethovens-9th-symphony?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jan 2017 02:00:00 -0600 The Nutcracker Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet is a holiday tradition for many: The music sets the scene and the tone for the season. When the music starts, you can close your eyes and allow visions of sugarplums and snowflakes, flowers and a fairyland to enter your imagination. Alison Young presents the Berlin Philharmonic's performance of 'The Nutcracker,' led by Simon Rattle. She also talks about its accompanying dance with Ballet Minnesota Artistic Director Andrew Rist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/19/the-nutcracker?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0600 East meets Midwest: Music from Orthodox traditions converges in the Twin Cities As the Twin Cities plays host to a regional symposium sponsored by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music, Alison Young interviews board member David Lucs about the orthodox music tradition and about the music on offer during the symposium. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/21/east-meets-midwest-music-from-orthodox-traditions-converges-in-the-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Summer It's all about the first day of summer -- the first "unofficial" day of summer on this week's Learning to Listen -- traveling, looking for fun and adventure, looking for quiet and solitude. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/30/learning-to-listen-summer?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2016 11:40:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Peter Wiley On this week's Learning to Listen, Andrea Blain and Alison Young talk to cellist Peter Wiley about his career as an orchestral cellist, teacher and member of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Guarneri String Quartet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/23/learning-to-listen-peter-wiley?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2016 11:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Erik Satie This week marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Erik Satie. On Learning to Listen, Andrea Blain and Alison Young share music by -- and music that was inspired by -- the colorful French composer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/16/learning-to-listen-erik-satie?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 11:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: William Shakespeare On this week's Learning to Listen, Andrea Blain and Alison Young mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard of Avon -- William Shakespeare. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/09/learning-to-listen-william-shakespeare?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 11:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Building a musical career This week on Learning to Listen, young Irish pianist Michael McHale shares his story and thoughts about beginning a career in music, to inform and inspire those who may be considering a similar career path. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/02/learning-to-listen-building-a-musical-career?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 11:20:00 -0500 Celebrating 20 years of the Rose Ensemble In anticipation of their 20th anniversary birthday bash concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in the Ordway Concert Hall, the Rose Ensemble -- plus a small period instrument band -- bring celebratory numbers and conversation with Alison Young to the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/28/celebrating-20-years-of-the-rose-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:45:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Robert Shaw On Learning to Listen today, we're celebrating the life and career of conductor Robert Shaw. The 100th anniversary of his birth is this week, and Classical MPR has been featuring his recordings as part of our Voices of Spring programming during the month of April. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/25/learning-to-listen-robert-shaw?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Earth Day This coming Friday, April 22, marks Earth Day -- since 1970, an annual celebration and day of support for environmental protection. On this week's Learning to Listen, Andrea Blain and Alison Young share works that celebrate a musical approach to the beauty of our natural world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/18/learning-to-listen-earth-day?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:47:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Alberto Ginastera April 11 marks the 100th birthday of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, and this week on Learning to Listen, hosts Andrea Blain and Alison Young share some of his music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/11/learning-to-listen-alberto-ginastera?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:48:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Musical Jokes With April 1 in the not too distant past, our theme on this week's Learning to Listen is humor in music and musical jokes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/04/learning-to-listen-musical-jokes?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:50:00 -0500 How cellist Peter Wiley does it all Peter Wiley makes gorgeous music. He's a cellist who has done it all in his career and he's in town to perform with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. He stopped in to speak with Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/07/cellist-peter-wiley-interview?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Music for Easter On this Easter Monday, hosts Andrea Blain and Alison Young will share music of Easter and resurrection -- this week on Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/28/learning-to-listen-music-for-easter?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:48:00 -0500 Easter Sunday: Handel's Messiah This Easter Sunday at noon, join Alison Young for the complete story from prophecy to resurrection in a stunning live concert with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and soloists conducted by a self-proclaimed Messiah junkie, Christopher Warren-Green. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/05/easter-sunday-handels-messiah?refid=0 Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Music for Spring Right on the heels of the Northern Hemisphere Vernal Equinox, this week's Learning to Listen explores music that celebrates the season of spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/21/learning-to-listen-music-for-spring?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:40:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Irish Musicians March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, a day of celebrating Irish culture and heritage, so for this week's Learning to Listen, we're looking at Irish musicians -- classical performers who have made their mark on the music of Ireland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/14/learning-to-listen-irish-musicians?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: International Women's Day March 8 is International Women's Day, a day to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll hear music by women who stepped out of their expected roles and made their voices heard. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/07/learning-to-listen-international-womens-day?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: William Grant Still Often referred to as 'the Dean of African-American Composers,' William Grant Still wrote symphonies, opera, chamber music, film scores and ballet. On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll be listening to examples of William Grant Still's works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/29/learning-to-listen-william-grant-still?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Jon Kimura Parker and the 'terrifying' harpsichord Harpsichord and piano are both keyboard instruments, so what's the big difference? Plenty, according to virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker. Ahead of his performance with the Minnesota Orchestra, Parker gives us a short demonstration of each instrument -- delivered with Parker's natural gift for having fun. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/26/jon-kimura-parker-and-the-terrifying-harpsichord?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:00:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Samuel Wesley, 'the English Mozart' Wednesday, Feb 24, is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Wesley. He was the member of a musical dynasty, heir to a famous Methodist hymn writer, a prodigy called the 'English Mozart' and a virtuoso who revived interest in Bach's music for both organ and piano in Britain. This week's Learning to Listen is all about Samuel Wesley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/22/learning-to-listen-samuel-wesley-the-english-mozart?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:30:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Music for Presidents Day This week's Learning to Listen is a Presidents Day special: Find out about our nation's top leaders and their musical interests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/15/learning-to-listen-presidents-day?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Themes of Love and Romance Composers have reflected on themes of love in their music pretty much for as long as music has existed. This week on Learning to Listen, we're going to hear music that reflects ideas of romance or love as Valentine's Day approaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/08/learning-to-listen-themes-of-love-and-romance?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Theme and Variations What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in a time loop, like Bill Murray's character does in the film 'Groundhog Day'? The film has given us an idea: this week on Learning to Listen, we're talking about themes and variations. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/01/learning-to-listen-theme-and-variations?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:30:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Wilhelm Furtwangler's legacy On the 130th anniversary of the birth of conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, Alison Young and Andrea Blain examine the legacy of the great German conductor whose name will forever be connected with a painful and tragic era. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/25/learning-to-listen-wilhelm-furtwanglers-legacy?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Music of rights and revolution This week, Learning to Listen takes its lead from Martin Luther King Day. The music is all related to occasions or movements connected to civil rights, freedom or revolution. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/18/learning-to-listen-music-of-rights-and-revolution?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Winter's Musical Delights It's cold in winter, but there are rewards to be found in the crisp air and the crunching snow. This week on Learning to Listen, it's all about the chill and cold, but also winter's own (and very special) musical delights. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/11/learning-to-listen-winter-s-musical-delights?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: New Year, New Music This week on Learning to Listen, we'll look at music throughout music history that was perceived to be 'new.' We'll trace the development of harmony, secular opera, instrumental forms and so much more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/04/learning-to-listen-new-year-new-music?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: The Waltz Because we'll hear loads of Vienna's famous dance from its annual concert on New Year's Day, this week's Learning to Listen looks more closely at the waltz: what it is, who wrote them and why it was considered racy in 19th-century Austria. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/28/learning-to-listen-the-waltz?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: 'Messiah' and beyond This week on Learning to Listen, we explore Christmas music that is large scale (cantatas, oratorios, etc.) but isn't confined to Handel's 'Messiah'. These works ring in the holidays in grand fashion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/21/learning-to-listen-messiah-and-beyond?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:50:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Rounds and Rondos This week on Learning to Listen, we're covering rounds and rondos. 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' and other well-known rounds help you understand this familiar concept and how it's implemented in Classical Music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/14/learning-to-listen-rounds-and-rondos?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Jean Sibelius Jean Sibelius, born Dec. 8, 1865, is widely recognized as Finland's greatest composer. On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll explore the life and music of Jean Sibelius with the help of Sara Pajunen, a Finnish-born violinist who now lives in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/07/learning-to-listen-jean-sibelius?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Paremski on Piano This week on Learning to Listen, Alison Young welcomes special guest, pianist Natasha Paremski. Learn more about the piano and hear some stunning playing, including a work by Rachmaninoff from a concert performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/30/learning-to-listen-paremski-on-piano?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Thanksgiving with Cantus Cantus, one of the premier men's vocal ensembles, talk with host Alison Young about the holiday, about sitting down with those we love and celebrating all the blessings in our lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/26/thanksgiving-with-cantus?refid=0 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Music for Giving Thanks The American holiday of Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 26. Many cultures have a Thanksgiving, day of gratitude or harvest festival, adding their own elements of food, music and other traditions to the celebrations. This week on Learning to Listen, we'll hear music written for giving thanks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/23/learning-to-listen-music-for-giving-thanks?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:20:00 -0600 WindSync in residence in St. Paul, Nov. 19 to 23 Houston-based quintet WindSync will spend five days in St. Paul, Minn., putting on various concerts, thanks to a residency with the Schubert Club. Classical MPR's Alison Young has performances with the group and more detail about its concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/18/windsync-in-residence-in-st-paul-nov-19-to-23?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:50:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: The Clarinet This week on Learning to Listen, the Clarinet is front and center. Special guest Alexander Fiterstein, professor of clarinet at the University of Minnesota and featured soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, shares some of his favorite works for his instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/16/learning-to-listen-the-clarinet?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Keeping cool with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein Called in to pinch-hit with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra after artistic partner Martin Frost fell ill, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is learning new music in preparation for performances at home and on the road. Fiterstein joins Classical MPR's Alison Young in studio to talk about keeping his cool while in the spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/11/keeping-cool-with-clarinetist-alexander-fiterstein?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Veterans Day Nov. 11, called Veterans Day in the United States, is a day we collectively celebrate those who have or are still serving their country. On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll look at Nov. 11 music from America and from other nations that mark this holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/09/learning-to-listen-veterans-day?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: The Viola This week on Learning to Listen, the viola takes center stage. Special guest Nobuko Imai, one of the world's most sought-after violists, shares her thoughts on the instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/02/learning-to-listen-the-viola?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Minnesota Concert Opera explores the life of Maria Callas Opera legend Maria Callas was known for intensely theatrical performances and for her reputation as an uber-diva. Callas died in 1977, but the world premiere of the one-woman play 'La Divina' -- presented by Minnesota Concert Opera -- tells Callas's story. Alison Young welcomes Minnesota Concert Opera members for a preview of the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/29/minnesota-concert-opera-explores-the-life-of-maria-callas?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:40:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Symphonie Fantastique Hector Berlioz's masterpiece tells the story of an artist's self-destructive passion for an unattainable woman. Despite tender moments, the music also contains tantrums and macabre visions -- a good fit for a Halloween episode of Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/26/learning-to-listen-symphonie-fantastique?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Music of the New World This week, we find a way to celebrate our collective heritage and the music that was created by those who came from the old world and found inspiration and creative source material in the music of the First Nations -- those who were already here in America when Columbus arrived. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/12/learning-to-listen-music-of-the-new-world?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Arts Patrons On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll take you through a survey of some of the greatest music created when a composer had a patron to pay the bills. We'll hear music by Haydn, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/05/learning-to-listen-arts-patrons?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: The Flute As we approach the centenary of Julius Baker, one of the world's greatest flute players, this week's Learning to Listen shines a spotlight on the flute. Host Alison Young welcomes flute performer and teacher Immanuel Davis, a student of the late Julius Baker, to talk about the flute. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/21/learning-to-listen-the-flute?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: The Instruments of the Orchestra After a fabulous summer, if you're feeling a bit rusty on classical music or perhaps this is the year you take up a new instrument, this week's episode of Learning to Listen is for you. Our back-to-school edition is a chance to learn a bit about the instrument families, as guided by special guest, Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/14/learning-to-listen-the-instruments-of-the-orchestra?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Laughter and romance with 'The Pirates of Penzance' Gilbert and Sullivan's musical about high-seas hijinks is onstage at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. Alison Young welcomes several members of the cast to sing some songs and to share a few insights about their lives as performers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/12/laughter-and-romance-with-the-pirates-of-penzance?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:30:00 -0500 The bright and bold voices of Angelus Coming from the Mt. Vernon High School Fine Arts Academy in southwestern Indiana, the seven young women from Angelus sound like a professional ensemble. They're currently on tour in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Angelus Music Director Dana Taylor visited with Alison Young to describe the group and to share some music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/24/the-bright-and-bold-voices-of-angelus?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:20:00 -0500 Beethoven brings the big names to Winona Each summer for three weeks, the best-of-the-best musicians from around the country and the world head to Winona, Minn., to take part in the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. On Sunday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m., we'll have more stories of friendships and music, plus a live broadcast of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in concert. In the meantime, hear about what makes Winona special from festival director Ned Kirk and from cellist Yo-Yo Ma. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/18/beethoven-brings-the-big-names-to-winona?refid=0 Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0500 One Voice Mixed Chorus Director Celebrates 20 Years Jane Ramseyer Miller is celebrating her 20th anniversary conducting One Voice. Wednesday at noon she'll join host Alison Young to talk about the group and play some highlights. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/10/one-voice-mixed-chorus-director-celebrates-20-years?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Christian Zacharias has no time to be nervous The virtuosic pianist and conductor -- and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra artistic partner -- leads the SPCO in works by Dvo&#345;ak and Schumann on Saturday, June 6. Alison Young hosts the live broadcast of the concert, airing Saturday at 8 p.m. on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/06/christian-zacharias-has-no-time-to-be-nervous?refid=0 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Composer Asako Hirabayashi and the music of 'Yukionna' 'Yukionna, the Snow Witch' is a well-known story by most who are acquainted with Japanese culture, but this Sunday it will have its first retelling as an opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/29/opera-yukionna-asako-hirabayashi?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 11:05:32 -0500 A soundtrack for an ultra-marathon The Fellsman is a 61-mile, up-and-down race across the Yorkshire fells, and Alison Young recently completed this grueling course that's jokingly called 'a little run in the hills.' What keeps a classical DJ motivated and energized as she pummels her body in one of the toughest races in the world? It's music, of course. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/13/a-soundtrack-for-an-ultramarathon?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 15:50:00 -0500 A musical Dark Horse Performing with little-known early instruments, specifically sackbuts and cornettos, Dark Horse Consort are a niche within the niche of early-music performers. They, along with the Rose Ensemble, join Alison Young in the studio for a performance and conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/26/a-musical-dark-horse?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:40:00 -0600 Minneapolis Guitar Quartet look ahead to 'exciting and scary' concert Ahead of a big concert on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Sundin Hall at Hamline University, the members of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet chat with Alison Young and perform some of the music that will be part of Sunday's event. "It's an exciting concert because of all the new music," says MGQ member Joe Hagedorn. "Exciting and scary!" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/13/minneapolis-guitar-quartet-look-ahead-to-exciting-and-scary-concert?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:50:00 -0600 The Musical Offering share a preview of Mozart party Ahead of Sunday's Mozartiade concert, the Musical Offering's pianist and co-artistic director Susan Billmeyer, violist Gareth Zehngut and clarinetist David Pharris join Alison Young in the Classical MPR studio for a pre-concert recital of Mozart's 'Kegelstatt' trio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/04/the-musical-offering-share-a-preview-of-mozart-party?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Alison Young's music for endurance training Cross-country skier, runner and mountain climber Alison Young describes what she's training for right now -- and the music that moves her as she trains. See her playlist picks, and share some of your own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/21/alison-young-s-music-for-endurance-training?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:50:00 -0600 Celebrating LGBT rights in song This weekend, One Voice Mixed Chorus - Minnesota's premier lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allies ensemble - celebrates those people who make LGBT rights a reality with a concert titled, 'Eat, Drink and Be Married!' Classical MPR's Alison Young spoke to OVMC's Jane Ramseyer Miller and Allan Warrior. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/16/celebrating-lgbt-rights-in-song?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:30:00 -0600 The Nutcracker Ballet The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the United States. But it took a number of years to become that. In fact, even Tchaikovsky considered it one of his least successful efforts. Join Alison Young December 24 at 11 a.m. for flying cooks, dancing snowflakes and the sugar plum fairy herself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/08/the-nutcracker-ballet?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:47:14 -0600 St. Olaf Christmas Festival leaves lasting impressions For Sarah Stevens, who graduates in 2015, and for Martha Kunau, who graduated in the 1990s, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a tradition and experience that leaves a lasting impression -- whether or not one ever attended the college. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/05/st-olaf-christmas-festival-leaves-lasting-impressions?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:53:51 -0600 Meet new Classical MPR overnight host, Andrea Blain In the past few weeks, you may have heard a new voice on Music Through the Night: the lovely, lilting soprano of new Classical MPR host, Andrea Blain. This Minnesota-born host returns to the Twin Cities after more than 30 years in Northern Ireland. Andrea sat down with Alison Young to share some thoughts about music and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/03/meet-new-classical-mpr-overnight-host-andrea-blain?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:20:00 -0600 St. Olaf Christmas Festival A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/18/st-olaf-christmas-festival?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:40:21 -0600 Meet Martin Frost, new SPCO artistic partner Conductor and clarinetist Martin Frost is now an artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. This dynamic musician is known for his sound and delicate phrasing, as well as for his courage to push the boundaries of classical music. Frost spoke to Alison Young by phone from his home in Sweden. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/14/meet-martin-frost-new-spco-artistic-partner?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:50:00 -0600 Interview: '33 Variations' cast Joining Alison Young in the Classical MPR studio are actors Edwin Strout and Karen Landry and pianist Irina Elkina from Park Square Theatre's production of '33 Variations'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/29/interview-33-variations-cast?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:40:00 -0500 Studio visit with Minnesota Concert Opera Several members of the Minnesota Concert Opera visited Classical MPR's Alison Young in studio for performances and conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/23/studio-visit-with-minnesota-concert-opera?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Take Alison Young's Flute Quiz How much about the flute do you know? Test your knowledge with this quiz written by Classical MPR's resident flutist, host Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/08/take-alison-young-s-flute-quiz?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Creating extraordinary sounds with Third Coast Percussion Third Coast Percussion's mission is to explore the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire. David Skidmore of Third Coast Percussion spoke to Alison Young ahead of the group's performance as part of the SPCO's Liquid Music series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/06/creating-extraordinary-sounds-with-third-coast-percussion?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Who exactly are the Rose Ensemble? On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Rose Ensemble will give a free concert in Minneapolis to preview yet another fascinating season filled with surprises. Alison Young got to speak to Rose Ensemble founder and artistic director Jordan Sramek who gives us insight into this unique musical group. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/18/who-exactly-are-the-rose-ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Checking in with Burt Hara Back in town to play concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with his former ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, clarinetist Burt Hara stops by Classical MPR to talk to Alison Young about life in L.A. and about his visit to the Twin Cities this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/12/checking-in-with-burt-hara?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:20:00 -0500 Meet Julie Albers, new principal cellist at the SPCO The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced this week the hiring of Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. Not long after arriving on a flight from Atlanta, Albers visits with Classical MPR's Alison Young. Get to know Albers and hear her thoughts about her new job. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/12/meet-julie-albers-new-principal-cellist-at-the-spco?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:50:00 -0500 The many charms of the cello How many ways can you play a cello? Alison Young talks to cellists Mark Summer and Anna Clift about this flexible instrument, as well as with vocalist Tierney Sutton, who collaborates with Summer and will perform with him at the Dakota on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/30/the-many-charms-of-the-cello?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Andrew Altenbach talks Bachs Sometimes, the lives of composers read like headlines ripped from the tabloids. Andrew Altenbach, artistic director of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, talks to Alison Young about C.P.E. Bach's "daddy issues" ahead of a Bach Ensemble concert on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/24/andrew-altenbach-talks-bachs?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Interview: Six Appeal Men's vocal ensemble Six Appeal have a cheeky name, but they also have the goods to back it up. Two members of the group, Michael Brookens and Andrew Berkowitz, stopped in to talk to Alison Young before performing this Thursday at Harmony in the Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/04/interview-six-appeal?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:45:00 -0500 Three singers from Cantus move on Tenors Gary Ruschman and David Walton as well as baritone Adam Reinwald, will depart Cantus to explore other endeavors after spending a collective 30 years with the singing ensemble. All three men joined Classical MPR's Alison Young for an interview on Friday, May 30. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/30/three-singers-from-cantus-move-on?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Interview: The Musical Offering Alison Young welcomes three Musical Offering musicians (and members of the reunited Minnesota Orchestra) to give a preview their upcoming Mother's Day concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/07/interview-the-musical-offering?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 11:40:00 -0500 Interview: Evan Shinners Evan Shinners is a Bach star - he travels the world to play Bach in venues ranging from pool halls to Carnegie Hall. Tonight, he'll play at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Shinners stopped in to Classical MPR to talk with host Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/24/interview-evan-shinners?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Interview: Lauren Stringer, 'When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky' Children's author Lauren Stringer loves the explosive charge in the arts at the beginning of the 20th century. She captures one of those moments in her book, <em>When Stravinsky met Njinsky</em>. The book provides the framework for a special Friends and Family concert with the Minnesota Orchestra on Sunday, April 27. Stringer talks to Classical MPR's Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/23/interview-lauren-stringer-when-stravinsky-met-nijinsky?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:50:00 -0500 WindSync perform live in Classical MPR's studio Founded in 2009, Houston, Texas-based quintet WindSync have already gained a reputation for their energetic performances. Ahead of their concert with Schubert Club's Music in the Park Series, WindSync visited Classical MPR to peform some music and to talk with host Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/21/windsync-perform-live-in-classical-mprs-studio?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:50:00 -0600 Interview: City-Wide Hymn Festival This Sunday, Feb. 23, the National Lutheran Choir will host City-Wide Hymn Festival: GATHER. Artistic director David Cherwiein and organist/cantor at Central Lutheran Mark Sedio join Alison Young to explain this event and to share some music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/19/interview-citywide-hymn-festival?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:30:00 -0600 Interview: Bergen Woodwind Quintet Two members of Norway's Bergen Woodwind Quintet join Alison Young in the studio to talk about the ensemble's concert tonight at Ted Mann Concert Hall and about their approach to music for winds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/04/interview-bergen-woodwind-quintet?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:30:00 -0600 Alison Young's mountain adventure: a narrow escape Alison Young may not have reached the summit of Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina, but a brush with high-altitude pulmonary edema gave her a lot more to reflect on as her mountain quest took an unexpected turn. Read her thoughts in this update as she recovers in Mendoza. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/17/alison-youngs-mountain-adventure-a-narrow-escape?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:00:00 -0600 Minn Orch timpanist Peter Kogan plays jazz Principal Timpani of the Minnesota Orchestra Peter Kogan has used his time wisely during the orchestra lockout by firing up another talent of his - playing jazz drum set and composing his own charts. He has a date at the Dakota this Monday right after a weekend playing timpani in concerts with Eiji Oue and join Alison Young to talk crossing over. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/12/peter-kogan-jazz?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:50:00 -0600 The Nutcracker Ballet The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the United States. But it took a number of years to become that. In fact, even Tchaikovsky considered it one of his least successful efforts. Join Alison Young December 24 at 11 a.m. for flying cooks, dancing snowflakes and the sugar plum fairy herself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/16/the-nutcracker-ballet-with-alison-young?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0600 The Nutcracker(s) It's that time of year again: Nutcrackers aplenty! Host Alison Young has a look at some of the Nutcracker shows on offer this holiday season. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/30/nutcracker?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:15:00 -0600 Electric Conductor: Music and Mystery at the U Brian Messier tackles finding new audiences and broadening what a classical concert means with his new multi-media production at Ted Mann Concert Halll tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/26/musical_mystery_at_the_u?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:50:00 -0600 Live Broadcast: Thomanerchor in concert The Thomanerchor &#151; or St. Thomas Choir &#151; of Leipzig is one of the oldest ensembles in the world, founded in 1212. It is an extraordinary group of men and boys who sing for the services at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. The choir will perform in a live broadcast on Classical MPR at 8 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/04/live-broadcast-thomanerkor-in-concert?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:00:00 -0600 'Carl Maria von Weber': Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein's new album Three of Carl Maria von Weber's finest clarinet compositions make their way onto Alexander Fiterstein's new disc. Read more about his new album and enter our giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/02/carl-maria-von-weber-clarinetist-alexander-fitersteins-new-album?refid=0 Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Dr. Jon Hallberg For the past 10 years, you've heard his calming and oh-so-rational voice in the afternoons on MPR News, but have you heard Dr. Jon Hallberg tell of the time a piece of music on Classical MPR forced him to stop his car and simply sit and listen to the end? Dr. Hallberg is our guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/30/music-with-minnesotans-dr-jon-hallberg?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Alison Young interviews Mark Mandarano Mark Mandarano, Director of Instrumental Music at Macalester College, is bringing together a group of the finest string players in town for a concert at Mairs Concert Hall on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/25/alison-young-interviews-mark-mandarano?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Christopher Hopkins He's called "The Makeover Guy" &#151; a singer, a stylist and you guessed it, he gives this friendly Face-for-Radio a makeover. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/23/music-with-minnesotans-christopher-hopkins?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: LaWayne Leno LaWayne Leno is a computer consultant, part-time pianist and writer. He wrote a marvelous book about one of the superstar piano virtuosos of the 19th century and student of Liszt, Adele aus der Ohe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/11/music-with-minneostans-lawayne-leno?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Bain Boehlke Whether you know him from the Jungle Theater or <i>Fargo</i>, Bain Boelke is a force &#151; and he has a fabulous playlist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/05/music-with-minnesotans-bain-boehlke?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Bruce Kramer Bruce Kramer is a former Dean at the University of Saint Thomas and is living with ALS. Music plays a vital role in enriching his life and he calls the stunning pieces we listen to together "music for healing." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/29/music-with-minnesotans-bruce-kramer?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Sam Olbekson Architect Sam Olbekson works for The Cunningham Group and is a champion of sustainable design. As a Native American, he focuses on culturally sensitive buildings. His playlist is deeply calming and soulful. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/05/music-with-minnesotans-sam-olbekson?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Goodbye, Then: After long career, Cantus bass moves on He is one of the original members of Cantus, his tall figure and chocolaty bass voice always a welcome treat, but after 17 years, Tim Takach is moving on to new horizons. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/28/tim_takach_moves_on?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 02:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Dick Green Dick Green has worked as an art director for numerous ad agencies and makes art and music though nowadays he spends time as a school bus driver listening to Classical MPR on his route. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/20/music-with-minnesotans-dick-green?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Kirsten Broberg: composer gets her big break Composer Kirsten Broberg has written for the Kronos Quartet, the Chicago Symphony and the SPCO. She just landed her dream job at the University of North Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/28/kirsten-broberg-composer?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 13:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Kelly Carter and Tricia Morgan-Brist Kelly Carter and Tricia Morgan-Brist have started an "El Sistema" - the Venezuelan music education system that produced Gustavo Dudamel - right here in North Minneapolis. They bring inspiration and great music to share. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/20/music-with-minnesotans-kelly-carter-tricia-morgan-brist?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Jim Waldo Jim Waldo is a part time musician but it takes up much of his life. A founding member of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and regular singer with Dale Warland, he'll share his deep, rich radio voice and also his deep love of music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/14/music-with-minnesotans-jim-waldo?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Elizabeth Cutter Hennepin County Judge Elizabeth Cutter was named a Minnesota Lawyer of the year in 2011 and became a District Court judge just this past January, but tells me her life can be told musically. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/01/music-with-minnesotans-elizabeth-cutter?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Grace Tangjerd Schmitt Grace Tangjerd Schmitt is the president of Guild Incorporated, a community based mental health organization. She brings a marvelous playlist, many pieces by composers who had their own struggles with mental disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/23/music-with-minnesotans-grace-tangjerd-schmitt?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 10:30:00 -0500 At the River with The Singers A brand new disc of American music from The Singers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/24/at-the-river-the-singers?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Pete and Carol Parshall The Rose Ensemble affectionately refers to them as "Mom and Dad." Pete and Carol Parshall met while singing nearly 50 years ago and have making been making beautiful music together ever since. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/music-with-minneasotans-pete-carol-parshall?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Soprano Raises Awareness Through Song Soprano Laura Hynes presents a recital called "Raise Your Voice: Violence Against Women Through the Ages" that takes us through art songs that tell of hope and redemption http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/22/soprano_raises_awareness_through_song?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Bob Oganovic We continue with choral music playlists when I bring in a singer who proudly wears the label of "choral geek" singing both in the Minnesota Chorale and at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Bob Oganovic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/10/music-with-minnesotans-bob-oganovic?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Gayle Ober Gayle Ober is the former Executive Director for the Dale Warland Singers and also the former head of Classical MPR. As a soprano and long-time choir member, she has a wealth of knowledge and loads of enthusiasm for great choral singing http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/03/music-with-minnesotans-gayle-ober?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Mary Ann Pulk In April we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Choral Stream. Guests this month are all choral fanatics and we start with the Executive Director of VocalEssence, Mary Ann Pulk (also a stunning English horn player!) http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/music-with-minnesotans-mary-ann-pulk?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:30:00 -0500 On a Clear Morning with flutist Immanuel Davis It's music played on the instrument it was written for, silvery, scintillating, effortless playing by Immanuel Davis on an 1865 Louis Lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/01/on-a-clear-morning-immanuel-davis?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Marina and Evgeny Liberman It's all Russian music when Saint Paul signature restaurant 'Moscow on the Hill' owners Marina and Evgeny Liberman come on air. Na Zdorovie! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/music-with-minnesotans-marina-evgeny-liberman?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Paul Danicic He's the Executive Director of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and likens the inspiration we feel paddling on a misty lake at sunrise far from civilization with the wonder we feel hearing classical music. Paul Danicic has stories to share and a playlist filled with beauty. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/31/music-with-minnesotans-paul-danicic?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Laura Eash Laura Eash is a member of Minnesota Green Corps and serves in the City of Saint Paul's Public Works Department. She loves classical music playing while she helps plan the next bike path and pedestrian trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/28/music-with-minnesotans-laura-eash?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Stuart Pimsler Stuart Pimsler tells me that music is not used in his dance company so much to dance to as to provide an atmosphere. Certainly atmospheric music on his classical playlist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/06/music-with-minnesotans-stuart-pimsler?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Robert Jorczak Educational psychologist from the University of Minnesota, Bob Jorczak, likes to stump his friends on musical trivia, including this classical host! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/09/music-with-minnesotans-robert-jorczak?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0600 New Group in Town: Minnesota Bach Ensemble They're the newest group in town - the Minnesota Bach Ensemble - and artistic director Andrew Altenbach believes we can never have too many interpretations of this gorgeous, complex music and is set to show us why. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/10/new-bach-ensemble-in-town?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Dianne Brown Dianne Brown works at the downtown post office in Saint Paul and knows all of us classical hosts by name. When we're sending packages, she can really talk the talk about classical because she listens enthusiastically and as often as she can. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/08/music-with-minnesotans-dianne-brown?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Bill Summerville He is the guy when it comes to wines. Sommelier Bill Summerville's "pairings" of music will satisfy the most discerning appetites. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/01/music-with-minnesotans-bill-summerville?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Rob Zeaske Rob Zeaske is the CEO of Second Harvest Heartland which recognizes food as our most basic necessity. Rob's mission is to ensure Minnesotans are fed and his playlist reflects a feeding of the soul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/19/music-with-minnesotans-rob-zeaske?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Dane Stauffer He acts, he sings, he writes scripts and he does a pitch-perfect Minnesota accent - the life-of-the-party everyone wants on her guest list, Triple Espresso's Dane Stauffer joins us with a playlist of gems. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/05/music-with-minnesotans-dane-stauffer?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Robert Gardner We'll need to grab this multi-tasker in between dress rehearsals, last-minute fittings, set changes and a million details for this year's "Nutcracker," but Artistic Director of the Minnesota Ballet, Robert Gardner, has such beautiful, danceable music on his playlist, we made it work! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/01/music-with-minnesotans-robert-gardner?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:30:00 -0600 St. Olaf Christmas Festival One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations, the festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/02/st-olaf-christmas-festival?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Ryan Shipley Actor Ryan Shipley absolutely loves going to work, it's just that much fun. Ryan's a classroom facilitator at Project Success, a youth development organization that helps students set and reach their goals. His playlist is filled with drama and energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/27/music-with-minnesotans-ryan-shipley?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Mary Lee Mary Lee has music in her life all day long. She is the Executive Director of Cantus. And before this gig, she was an award-winning producer of classical music programs including Saint Paul Sunday giving her the chance to rub shoulders with anyone who is anyone in the biz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/19/music-with-minnesotans-mary-lee?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Steven Lockwood He developed a small local theatre company into a regional force - and classical music has played in the background of his life from an early age. Steven Lockwood has just stepped down as Executive Director of Park Square Theatre and shares a playlist with scenes, blocking and lots of emotion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/12/music-with-minnesotans-steven-lockwood?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Sam Hiti visits the MPR dungeon All day on Halloween, cartoonist and author Sam Hiti is illustrating the spookiest pieces of the Classical MPR playlist... it just took a small amount of prodding. As the playlist goes on, so grows the art collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/31/music-with-minnesotans-sam-hiti-visits-the-mpr-dungeon?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:25:00 -0500 Pulitzer Prize-Winner Kevin Puts goes on BandQuest Music educators -- specifically band instructors -- are putting out a call: there needs to be fresh new music for bands to play. Kevin Puts is among those who've answered, teaming up with the American Composers Forum's BandQuest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/26/kevin-puts-bandquest?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:47:13 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Billy McLaughlin Guitarist Billy McLaughlin shares his inspiring story of returning to the concert stage with a career-ending condition and he'll also share some equally inspirational music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/22/music-with-minnesotans-billy-mclaughlin?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Pushkin, the Russian Shakespeare at Park Square When Alexander Pushkin was a child, he would curl up in his grandmother's big knitting basket and listen to her tell stories and fairy tales. Park Square Theatre celebrates their annual Russian Seasons with story-telling, dance and music all inspired by the poetry of Russia's Shakespeare. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/pushkin-park-square-theatre?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Eric Nilsson Nilsson is a name many of us know in the cities - the three sisters grew up in Anoka and learned to play violin from their father soon making the concert stage their careers. Kristina, Elsa and Jenny Lind have a brother, Eric, who also played - but he practices fewer scales these days and has replaced it by practicing law. But Eric has a great insider's view of listening to classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/05/music-with-minesotans-eric-nilsson?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Glynnis Lessing Potter Glynnis Lessing creates dreamy, organic and often humorous carvings on her pots and mugs. She uses both the physical and contemplative characteristics in classical music to inspire her work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/01/music-with-minnesotans-glynnis-lessing?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Rose Ensemble brings the ethereal to town this weekend After an earthquake destroyed this Renaissance composer's entire library of some 200 pieces, one masterpiece managed to survive the rubble and it gets its North American premiere by the Rose Ensemble and Britain's Voces8 join this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/04/rose-ensembe-conjures-the-ethereal?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Congresswoman Betty McCollum Congresswoman Betty McCollum has music for the Grand Canyon -- and some other stories to share -- on our first in this season's edition of Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/24/music-with-minnesotans-betty-mccollum?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Local boy makes it to the top of the heap Saint Paul native Andrew Staupe has played numerous times with the Minnesota Orchestra, at Carnegie and as well as in the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and he's still in school! Next year, he competes in a 13-month long kind of musical Olympics. He stopped by the MPR studios to play some music and talk about his Desert Island discs with Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/16/andrew-staupe-pianist?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:30:00 -0500 Passion and Murder Amongst the Ruins Mill City Summer Opera prepares to open its first season with the "verismo" and tragic opera Pagliacci. Artistic Director David Lefkowich promises this is the best one to see - and in the best venue - for a first-time opera goer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/10/mill-city-summer-opera-pagliacci?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Ensemble 61 mixes it up They're one of the hot new groups in town and all about the 'new,' playing music of contemporary composers. Ensemble 61 mixes it up this Friday introducing each member in a solo spotlight at Studio Z. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/30/ensemble-61-meet-the-musicians?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: William Roos William Roos is an income tax resource specialist and says he's jealous of our work at Classical MPR because Congress does not constantly change the rules about music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/28/music-with-minnesotans-william-roos?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: David Benson David Benson is the Executive Director of Dulth's Damiano Center, a birder, a published writer and an Eastern Orthodox Christian. He's brought in an exquisite playlist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/21/music-with-minnesotans-david-benson?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Bonnie Marshall Bonnie Marshall is the VP of Development for the American Composers Forum. Her sumptuous playlist is music by living, breathing composers who are successfully making music today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/02/music-with-minnesotans-bonnie-marshall?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 10:30:00 -0500 New guitar release features music of Spain and Latin America James Flegel teaches at University of Minnesota Morris and at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. He's just released a new CD and stopped by to discuss with Alison Young and offer a few free downloads as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/02/new-guitar-release-features-music-of-spain-and-latin-america?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Patricia Mitchell CEO of the Ordway Patricia Mitchell brings a luscious list of songs and arias and gave me the job of cutting down her desert island list to a manageable size! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/01/music-with-minnesotans-patricia-mitchell?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 10:30:00 -0500 The Inspiring and Innovative Mark Russell Smith Mark Russell Smith is the director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Minnesota Music School. From the moment he plans a concert, through giving insights to the audience from the podium to actually presenting the score, Mark brings an enthusiasm and commitment to a concert that makes the event unforgettable. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/01/mark-russell-smith?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Richard Wintersteen Retired Social Worker Richard Wintersteen served all over the world, and always had his trombone with him to play in community groups. Richard has great stories and a trombone-laden playlist! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/23/music-with-minnesotans-richard-wintersteen?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Mezzo Adriana Zabala has all the right stuff Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala has a voice to die for and she can also play any part she's asked to on stage. This weekend, she takes on a new role in the University of Minnesota Opera Theater's production of "Parables" from the Grammy Award winning team of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/19/mezzo-soprano-adriana-zabala?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Daniel Andersen When Hypnotist Daniel Andersen was a teenager, a friend invited him to her house deep in the woods. When he arrived, he was welcomed by a piece being hammered away on the piano that just stopped him in his tracks. Ever since, he's been a classical music addict. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/16/music-with-minnesotans-daniel-andersen?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:30:00 -0500 "Avant Cellist" tonight at the Cedar She's been called a one-woman orchestra, an avant-cellist and the music she creates is riveting, haunting and so compelling she's sold nearly 50,000 of her DIY discs. Her name is Zoe Keating. She plays tonight at the Cedar, but this morning stopped by the C-MPR studios to talk with Alison Young and listen to her amazing music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/12/zoe-keating?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: John Osborn John Osborne works at the Mayo Clinic by day and plays cello at night, sometimes hiding out from the janitors and security on segues to play with friends at the pianos throughout Mayo lobbies! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/26/music-with-minnesotans-john-osborn?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:30:00 -0500 New Music for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet She plays a plucked instrument that's been played for 2,000 years in China - the pipa - and now Gao Hong joins the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to play her own music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/21/new-music-for-the-minneapolis-guitar-quartet?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Allen Hamilton Screen and stage actor Allen Hamilton says he has no musical talent whatsoever. Where his talent lies is in his passion and enthusiasm for music and wanting to grab his friends and say "Sit down. You gotta hear this!" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/14/music-with-minnesotans-allen-hamilton?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Susan Berkson What do a ronde de jambe, grand battement, or an arabesque have to do with music? For writer and creative strategist Susan Berkson it's how she discovered classical music and is forever moved by it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/06/music-with-minnesotans-susan-berkson?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Jack Falker Financial professional Jack Falker has created a themed session - the spirituality of music - and brings a playlist filled with life and energy - as well as surprise! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/02/music-with-minnesotans-jack-falker?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Ron Haglind Retired engineer Ron Haglind is studying French these days in hopes of being able to communicate on his many trips to the Continent. That led to his discovery of "Le Mozart Noire" and a really fresh playlist for us. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/23/music-with-minnesotans-ron-haglind?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Bradley Greenwald If actor/singer Bradley Greenwald hadn't heard 'Hooked on the Classics' in Junior High, he may never have found his way to classical music at all! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/20/music-with-minnesotans-bradley-greenwald?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Reid McLean Reid McLean is an Associate Director of Major Gifts at Macalester College and he's been chomping at the bit to share some pieces on-air that we just don't play nearly enough! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/07/music-with-minnesotans-reid-mclean?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Joan Potter Theater director/producer, writer and retired teacher Joan Potter recently traveled to Peru to hike to Machu Pichu and experienced an awe-inspiring sight when the clouds way below her started to rise up the mountains. The scene brought some of the most soulful music into her mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/31/music-with-minnesotans-joan-potter?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Sharon Isbin plays Rodrigo in Duluth Guitar goddess Sharon Isbin plays one night only this Saturday with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. It's one of her signature pieces - Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez." Sharon stopped by to talk with Alison Young and play a few tracks from her latest disc too. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/20/sharon_isbin_rodrigo_duluth?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Erik Hare Erik Hare is a writer, political consultant and blogger. He sees us entering a 'new romantic era' where the internet has brought together a fresh medium for intimate story telling - and he tells great stories around his playlist! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/12/music-with-minnesotans-erik-hare?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Brave Souls and Dreamers Artistic Director Jane Ramseyer Miller of One Voice Mixed Chorus stopped by the studio today to share music with Alison Young from the cantata "Brave Souls and Dreamers" by Richard Seeley and Robert Espindola, with music that celebrates the lives of visionary leaders like MLK, Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/16/jane-ramseyer-miller-one-voice-mixed-chorus?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Lorna Landvik Writer and comedienne extraodinaire Lorna Landvik kind of faked it to get through flute lessons when she was a kid, but it was all good since it led her naturally into a life as an improvisational actor. She really takes over the mic, even doing a perfect imitation of Alison Young's laconic radio voice! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/09/music-with-minnesotans-lorna-landvik?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Bell Alma Duo's latest disc dances The Bell Alma Duo has just released a gorgeous disc of music for dance. Flutist Michele Frisch stopped in to share some of her favorite tracks and talk with Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/09/bell-alma-duo-music-of-the-dance?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Sam Hiti Sam Hiti is an amazing cartoonist. His playlist is like a story-board that tells a musical narrative of winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/27/music-with-minnesotans-sam-hiti?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:30:00 -0600 This Week's Morning Glories - Not the Nutcracker, but Still Sweet. This week for our Morning Glories segment, we're digging a little deeper into the P.I. Tchaikovsky repertoire. If you love the Nutcracker Suite, tune-in at 10 a.m. weekdays on Dec. 26-30 to hear these additional works you'll be sure to enjoy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/27/this-weeks-morning-glories-not-the-nutcracker-but-still-sweet?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 St Olaf College Christmas Festival One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations, the St. Olaf College Christmas Festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and more than 500 members of St. Olaf College's five choirs and the Orchestra. An encore presentation airs at 7 p.m. December 23. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/28/st-olaf-christmas-festival?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: David Simmer Visual designer and web developer David Simmer is a tri-athlete and in his last race he says he heard Elgar's Nimrod in his head. "Intensity isn't solely the domain of electric guitars and distortion pedals, for sure!" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/16/music-with-minnesotans-david-simmer?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 10:30:00 -0600 Christmas at Luther More than 600 student-musicians at Luther College celebrate the joy and traditions of Christmas with absolutely breathtaking music, capturing the wonder, awe and excitement of the season. This year's theme is 'Journey to the Light,' and the concert is part of a year-long celebration of the 150th birthday of Luther College, a journey in its own right that has transformed so many. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/08/christmas-at-luther?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 08:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Patricia Hampl Patricia Hampl is celebrated as one of the best in the genre of memoir or personal essay. She's teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota and is one of the founders of the Loft Literary Center. She calls herself "a failed piano major" finding herself in the English Department with Garrison Keillor by her sophomore year at the U. But the piano continues to be a character in many of her stories and poems. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/09/music-with-minnesotans-patricia-hampl?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Tuckaghrie Hollingsworth Tuckaghrie Hollingsworth joins Alison Young. He takes some of the most sumptuous photos of landscapes at night lit only by ambient light. The work is colorful, intense and moody and is complimented by the classical music playlist he listens to while working. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/30/music_with_minnesotans_tuckaghrie_hollingsworth?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Barbara Mraz Barbara Mraz joins Alison Young this week. She is a deacon at St. John the Evangelist in Saint Paul and a life-long movie fan. She brings faith, theology and movies together in a course she has created, so her playlist is filled with some of the best movie scores ever written. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/28/music-with-minnesotans-barbara-mraz?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Christine Rosholt Jazz Singer Christine Rosholt says that when she listens to jazz on her iPod, it's work. But when it's classical, she really escapes and just lets the music wash over her. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/22/music-with-minnesotans-christine-rosholt?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Ken Holmen Ken Holmen - anesthesiologist and physician executive at Regions Hospital and HealthPartners - joins Alison Young. He calls himself a passionate music "appreciator" but he is also an avid amateur musician and has sung with the National Lutheran Choir for 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/09/music-with-minnesotans-ken-holman?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:30:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Scott Seal Scott Seal joins Alison Young for Music with Minnesotans. He drives the 21 bus and is a classical music addict, though he can't listen while driving. That's when he works out his comedy routines in his head - and we'll hear plenty of those! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/04/music-with-minnesotans-scott-seal?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:30:00 -0600 Leone Buyse makes beautiful music at UMFA Flute Fest This weekend, the Upper Midwest Flute Association invites Leone Buyse to teach and perform. She swung by the Classical-MPR studio to share stories and music with Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/02/leone-buyse-umfa?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Christine Wehling Christine Wehling of the Ecole d'Equitation - or school of riding, education for horses joins Alison Young at noon. Her love of riding, and deep understanding of the beauty of movement and artistry all meld together in a gorgeous playlist of French masterpieces. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/01/music-with-minnesotans-christine-wehling?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: David Rodrick David Rodrick joins Alison Young this Wednesday at noon for Music with Minnesotans. He is the Senior Producer for the Travel Channel show "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" produced here in the Twin Cities. As a journalist, he's perfected the art of telling stories and he brings us on a journey through words and music, since - as he says - language is the instrument he knows how to play best. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/11/music-with-minnesotans-david-rodrick?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:30:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Peter Rothstein Peter Rothstein is the Artistic Director of Theatre Latte Da. He's moonlighting as director in the minnesota Opera's opening production of Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte," so it's no wonder there's lots of songs on his playlist. Music with Minnesotans airs at noon on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/14/music-with-minnesotans-peter-rothstein?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Father Bob Koopmann Alison Young is joined by the President of St. John's University Father "Bob" Koopmann. He loves to listen to opera on his many drives to The Cities, and he tells me he needs to stay on cruise control or when the music gets dramatic, he might speed up to 90! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/12/music-with-minnesotans-father-bob-koopman?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Brooklyn Rider: Wildly Inventive Brooklyn Rider is a String Quartet, but not like any quartet you've ever heard. They're innovative, enterprising, and wildly inventive. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/26/brooklyn-rider?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:39:34 -0500 Morning Glories: Regional Choirs This week on our Morning Glories, we explore the land of 10,000 choirs... and in just five days, it's only a handful of the best. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/11/morning-glories-regional-choirs?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:57:58 -0500 All-American Morning Glories It's all American this week for our Morning Glories. Join Alison Young each day this week at 10:00 for some familiar and some not-so-familiar American music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/04/all-american-morning-glories?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans&trade; Are you doing something really cool and love classical music? Does classical help you work, or play and or make art? Are you interested in being a guest on Music with Minnesotans? We return with our most interesting listeners and their creative playlists in September and maybe one of them will be you! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/22/music-with-minnesotans-returns-in-september?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0500 A Memorable Year with Cantus We're bringing an amazing year with our Artists-in-Residence Cantus to a close, and what a year it's been. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/comparing_notes/archive/2011/06/a_memorable_yea.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 22:33:55 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Dr. Lynn Martin In this week's edition Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lynn Martin joins Alison Young. He listens to classical music in the OR to help him get in the zone on long surgeries, but the playlist he'll bring in today he calls "Gifts from MPR," a selection of pieces that he heard on Classical MPR that just stopped him in his tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/15/music-with-minnesotans-dr-lynn-martin?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:44:24 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Liz Thompson Liz Thompson lives in Crookston and helps raise money for the arts in local schools. She listens to classical MPR in her car all the time and tells her grandchildren, "When you're in grandma's car, you listen to grandma's music!" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/08/music-with-minnesotans-liz-thompson?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Sam Wai In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Sam Wai, the Treasurer for the American Crystal Sugar Company in Moorhead. He's on the Board of Trustees of MPR because he is passionate about classical music, ever since he was introduced to music in Hong Kong as a boy and bought his first record - now part of a huge and diverse collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/01/music-with-minnesotans-sam-wai?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0500 What classical music does a polar explorer listen to? A conversation with Will Steger Alison Young speaks with Will Steger. He led the most significant polar expeditions in history and crossed by foot, kayak and dog-sled some of the most formidable places on earth. Classical music has inspired some of his greatest work and he shares his playlist with us. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/25/music-with-minnesotans-will-steger?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Cantus Live On-Air Archive Classical MPR Artists-in-Residence Cantus have taken over the broadcast booth over this year for a series of discussions and music listening. you can listen to the archive online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/04/cantus-live-on-air-11-11?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Larry Zea In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Larry Zea, a cattleman from Blackduck. He was a Navy Sea Chanter and traveled the world singing. He also loves operas and a few of his cows have been named after some title roles! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/18/music-with-minnesotans-larry-zea?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Actors play musicians in Park Square's "Opus" How do you make a group of actors look like they've been playing string instruments all their lives? Bring in the consultants! Alison Young speaks with SPCO Principal Violist Sabina Thatcher about how she helped these actors look so natural on-stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/16/opus-park-sqaure-theater?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 13:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: James Sewell In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Dancer/Choreographer/Artistic Director James Sewell. He has long used classical music as a source for the dances he creates, and you'll never hear these pieces the same when he describes how the vibrations move him! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/11/music-with-minnesotans-james-sewell?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Mary Shideler In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with 'The Kayak Lady' - Mary Shideler. Her playlist reflects the serenity, the beauty and the sometimes rough conditions of the 1007 lakes she paddled. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/25/music-with-minnesotans-mary-shideler?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Bach's St. Matthew's Passion It may be the greatest work in all of Western Music -- St. Matthew's Passion -- premiered Good Friday in 1727 and then entirely forgotten for 100 years until Mendelssohn revived it. Alison Young is your host this Good Friday at 10 a.m. of Bach's masterpiece. You can follow along with the original score online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/21/bachs-st-matthews-passion?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:33:06 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Paul Thissen In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Minnesota House Minority Leader Paul Thissen. Work is tough at the capitol these days, so Thissen listens to Copland to soothe his frazzled nerves and Shostakovich to prepare for a tough day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/20/music-with-minnesotans-paul-thissen?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Wuthering Heights and Bernard Herrmann's film music legacy Bernard Herrmann was an Academy Award-winning American composer whose unforgettable collaborations include Psycho with Alfred Hitchcock, Citizen Kane with Orson Welles and Taxi Driver with Martin Scorsese. Minnesota Opera's new production of his only opera celebrates the centennial of the composer's birth and is the first major revival of this forgotten masterpiece since it was written in Minneapolis in 1951. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/14/wuthering-heights-herrman?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:37:39 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Steve Schon In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Steve Schon from Ely. He'll help you find just the right paddle, kayak or canoe before you head into the Boundary Waters, but he also has the playlist that will keep nature with you all year long. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/13/music-with-minnesotans-steve-schon?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:18:08 -0500 The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra live broadcast this Saturday He's one of the greatest Mozart interpreters in the world, and this weekend, he'll be right here in Minnesota. Christian Zacharias plays and conducts the SPCO in our live broadcast this Saturday at 8:00 on Classical MPR. You can listen on-line now to his "desert island discs." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/06/spco-live-broadcast-saturday-christian-zacharias?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Chris Polydoroff In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Pioneer Press photographer Chris Polydoroff. His playlist is filled with sounds that - like a perfect image - can stop him in his tracks. It's great stuff by Bach, Henryck Gorecki and the Hilliard Ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/04/music-with-minnesotans-chris-polydoroff?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Gwen Freed In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Gwen Freed, the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Gustavus Adolphus College. A former oboist, she fell in love with music - and her Minnesota Orchestra violist husband - when they were both teenagers at music camp. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/23/music-with-minnesotans-gwen-freed?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Allan Naplan In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with one of our newest residents in Minnesota, Allan Naplan, the president and general director of the Minnesota Opera who only started work here last week. He shares some of his favorite arias as well as one of his own pieces that was the inaugural wake-up song for NASA astronauts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/16/music-with-minnesotans-allan-naplan?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Anne Swenson In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Ely Echo publisher Anne Swenson. When Anne was in her twenties, she lived in Italy and walked daily through the pine forest Respighi writes about in his tone poem "The Pines of Rome." Enjoy a sunny playlist from the far north. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/09/music-with-minnesotans-anne-swensen?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Nick Schneider In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Nick Schneider, a personal chef, caterer and healing foods consultant who specializes in the creative use of local and seasonal foods - including making sumptuous pairings of food and drink with musical productions. Bon appetit! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/02/music-with-minnesotans-nick-schneider?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Regional Spotlight: Alessandro Taverna International Piano E-Competition winner Alessandro Taverna plays Bach. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/24/regional-spotlight-alessandro-taverna?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Michael Fox In this week's edition, Alison Young talks with Michael Fox, the director of the Minnesota Historical Society. Fox shares his playlist which includes one of his favorite groups - The Rose Ensemble - as well as what it's like for him keeping up his piano lessons as an adult, and the artist he listens to for inspiration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/23/music-with-minnesotans-michael-fox?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 New music at the SPCO by Gabriela Frank Frida Kahlo comes to life again in a stunning set of songs by the American Latina composer Gabriela Lena Frank written for Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/15/gabriela-lena-frank-spco?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Consie Powell She draws realistic, but whimsical, pictures of nature and has been known to take her sketch pad to the symphony and capture the sound on paper. Illustrator Consie Powell shares her energized playlist today on Music with Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/10/music-with-minnesotans-consie-powell?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Nancy Gibson What does the natural world sound like as it wakes up? What is the sound of thousands of animals migrating on the African Savannah? Join Biologist and Co-Founder of the International Wolf Center Nancy Gibson as she shares her unique playlist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/08/music-with-minnesotans-nancy-gibson?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Cantus takes your questions MPR's 2011 Artists-in-Residence Cantus have been sharing the microphone with Alison Young each month, taking your questions and requests and sharing some of their favorite music. There's never enough time to answer all the questions on-air, so they've kindly agreed to do so online. Check it out, and send another if yours was missed for this Tuesday at noon's session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/02/cantus-takes-your-questions?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Charles Baxter National Book Award finalist and University of Minnesota creative writing professor Charles Baxter weaves classical music into many of his stories, including using a title of a piece by American composer Virgil Thomson for his own novel. He shares his playlist at noon on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/05/music-with-minnesotans-charles-baxter?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Matt Wehling Multiple gold-medal winner master bow maker Matt Wehling helps create the sound of some of the finest string players in the world, but he is a bit of a late-comer to classical music and listens with a super sensitive ear. Enjoy his playlist online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/11/music-with-minnesotans-matt-wehling?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra live broadcast this Saturday Gustav Mahler called it "probably the most personal composition I have created thus far" - Das Lied von der Erde - The Song of the Earth. This Saturday at 8:00 you'll have a front row seat for a spectacular setting arranged for smaller forces by Arnold Schoenberg when we broadcast live the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with their new artistic partner Edo de Waart and the thrilling up-and-coming mezzo, Sasha Cooke. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/03/spco_live_broadcast_series_mahler?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Michael Pearce Donley One of the stars of Park Square Theatre's "2 Pianos 4 Hands" Michael Pearce Donley shares his favorite piano pieces with us. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/23/music_with_minnesotans_michael_pearce_donley?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Beethoven this week on Classical MPR As 2010 comes to a close, we'll end the year on a note of triumph with a count-up week of Beethoven symphonies culminating in his Ninth on New Year's Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/20/beethoven-week-classical-mpr?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Dale Warland He led one of the finest choirs around - and set the bar in sound and blend that vocal ensembles everywhere try to reach: Dale Warland. He still conducts, consults, teaches and writes music and took a few moments out of his busy day to share a few of his favorites for the season, including a not-oft heard work by Arvo Part and a spectacularly atmospheric setting of "Lo, How a Rose" with a Swedish Choir. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/20/music-with-minnesotans-dale-warland?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Steve Heitzeg Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg loves all things of the natural world and especially the music of the earth, what he refers to as "chords of humanity, animal chants, passacaglias of plants and symphonies of sky." He shares an unusual collection of music he loves for this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/13/music-with-minnesotans-steve-heitzeg?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Gloria in Excelsis Deo! Christmas at Luther 2010 For nearly three decades, Luther College has celebrated its rich tradition of singing with a festive concert. Don't miss this year's Christmas at Luther this Thursday at 8:00 on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/30/luther-college-christmas-2010?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Philip Brunelle He's one of the great choral conductors and program innovators in our midst - Philip Brunelle. He shares his favorite pieces for the season - a couple that will make you feel misty-eyed and one he plays with Garrison Keillor guaranteed for a lot of laughs! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/06/music-with-minnesotans-philip-brunelle?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Stephen Paulus He's written over 400 works in all genres from band to opera to organ solo - and many of his choral works have had their premieres right here in Minnesota - composer Stephen Paulus. The Christmas season just doesn't feel right without a Paulus carol getting numerous plays on Classical MPR. Today Stephen is the DJ - along with Alison Young - sharing some of the best carols he's written and some other favorites - including one sung by Sting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/29/music-with-minnesotans-stephen-paulus?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2010 -- A Child, a son, the Prince of Peace A cherished part of the Christmas season celebration for nearly 100 years, join us for the St. Olaf Christmas Festival -- a spiritual concert experience in word and music. Listen this Thursday at 7:00 on Classical MPR or stream online now. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/12/st-olaf-christmas-2010?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Gratitude, Gravy & Garrison If you didn't make it to last night's show at Orchestra Hall, be sure to tune in tonight at 8:00 for a broadcast of "Gratitude, Gravy and Garrison", featuring Vocalessence, Garrison Keillor and guests Jearlyn Steele and Rich Dworksy. You can listen now online and also see some candid pictures from last night's show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/24/gratitude_gravy_garrison_vocalessence?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 11:30:12 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: R.T. Rybak He's the Mayor of Minneapolis and already has done a gig with the Minnesota Orchestra. R.T. Rybak is this week's co-host with Alison Young for Music with Minnesotans and shares the classic hit that calms his frazzled nerves, tells us why Philip Glass' minimalist style can help get city hall work done, and he'll also give us a small sampling of the Steve Heitzeg piece he narrated. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/23/music-with-minnesotans-rt-rybak?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Lois Quam Lois Quam was named in 2006 by Fortune Magazine one of America's "50 Most Powerful Women. She's the founder and Chair of Tysvar a newly created Minnesota-based health care reform and green tech incubator and she has a penchant for Shostakovich symphonies. Listen to Lois Quam's playlist online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/15/lois-quam-classical-music?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 New American opera at the U - "Elmer Gantry" It was a best-selling satire in 1927 - the classic novel by Sinclair Lewis about a drinking, brawling, womanizing football player - who becomes a suave evangelical preacher. And now, an opera. 'Elmer Gantry' has its Minnesota premier this weekend by the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre. Composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein discuss the opera with Alison Young at noon today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/15/elmer_gantry_university_minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:52:48 -0600 Allan Naplan named President of Minnesota Opera Business Magazine named him one of "40 Under 40" in 2009 for his accomplishments in arts management and now Allan Naplan will take the top job at the Minnesota Opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/11/allan-naplan-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 13:34:14 -0600 Music with Minnesotans: Linda Z. Andrews Linda Andrews studied dance with the greats of the 20th century - including Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham - and took that modern sensibility of groundedness, mixed up a little jazz and fearless physicality to create a whole new language of movement for her company Zenon Dance. She shares a few of her favorite classical music selections including one she'd take if stranded on a desert island. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/08/linda-andrews-classical-music?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Zuill Bailey comes to Minnesota You might have caught him on HBO as a murderous cellist on the series "OZ." More likely, you've heard his chart-topping recording of Bach. Superstar cellist Zuill Bailey co-hosted with Alison Young on Classical MPR. Listen online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/02/zuill-bailey-cello?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Stuart Loughridge Saint Paul-based painter Stuart Loughridge uses classical music as inspiration when working, but also to solve artistic puzzles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/29/stuart-loughridge-classical-music?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Nicholas McGegan, OBE Former Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Artistic Partner Nicholas McGegan has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/29/nicholas-mcgegan-obe?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:30:32 -0500 Classical music that keeps surgeons focused Dr. Victoria Elmer listens to classical music while doing surgery at Regions Hospital to stay calm, focused and soothed - but her connection with music goes far beyond her work, reaching her on a deeply visceral level. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/25/classical-music-operating-room-regions?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Paul Phoenix rising King's Singers tenor Paul Phoenix started his career as a treble soloist with St. Paul's Cathedral in London. His flawless voice is featured in the award-winning music for the BBC's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." He's taken a few days out of his jam-packed King's schedule to speak to the students at the University of Minnesota's School of Music and stop by MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/06/paul_phoenix?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Tatyana Dikareva gives us a 'Sense of Flight' Russian-born Twin Cities pianist Tatyana Dikareva created Russian Seasons a decade ago to celebrate the harvest time with the rich creativity of our cities. This year, she performs her own passionate piano compositions accompanied by original ballet at Park Square Theater in the 10th "Russian Seasons in Minnesota." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/11/sense-of-flight-tatyana-dikareva?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:43:40 -0500 Music to rev us up with General Larry Shellito Music has long been a part of the armed services, but General Larry Shellito says he became a classical music fan while listening to a classical music radio show in Vietnam. He shares online two pieces he has always loved. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/30/shellito_classical_music?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Harry Bicket goes for Baroque and beyond Harry Bicket is described as a "Baroque Specialist" - a title he says he doesn't mind, though it hardly describes the depth of his expertise which is far deeper than merely the 18th century. Bicket leads the SPCO this weekend in a fascinating coming-together of music from both Baroque and modern times. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/04/harry_bicket_spco?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Renee Fleming opens Schubert Club series She's called "The People's Diva" - Renee Fleming - with a liquid gold voice and impeccable artistry that has captivated audiences from the stage of the Met to a recent foray into pop covers. Ms. Fleming opens the Schubert Club International Artist Series Thursday at the Ordway. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/30/renee_fleming_schubert_club?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Singing in a choir is good for you "Never Stop Singing" - the public television documentary celebrating Minnesota's choral legacy - was honored with an Emmy Award at the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards gala last month. Their award was in the "Arts and Entertainment Program" category. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/04/never_stop_singing?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 The SPCO live broadcasts begin this Saturday Violinist Gil Shaham solos with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra this weekend playing Mendelssohn and a lesser known work - though equally splendid - by Haydn. Tune in to Classical MPR on Saturday at 8 p.m. for the live broadcast hosted by Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/16/spco_live_broadcast_series?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 19:01:15 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Spenser Simrill The Very Reverend Spenser Simrill is the Dean of St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis. He is especially attracted to Vaughan Williams and Puccini. You can listen to his playlist online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/01/music-that-touches-the-spirit?refid=0 Sat, 04 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Brooklyn Rider Genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider returns for the 5th annual Stillwater Music Festival as well as a gig at the MPR booth at the State Fair. They'll also join Alison Young to co-host Regional Spotlight Thursday at 3:15 on Classical MPR. Listen on-line now to Dvorak, Gomidas and an original composition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/25/regional_spotlight_brooklyn_rider?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:39:32 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Karen Hansen Karen Hansen is a writer, lecturer, linguist, clarinetist and athlete. She brings a new take to music that moves us - both literally and figuratively. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/09/karen_hansen_classical_music?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 12:14:47 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Joe Dowling Guthrie Theater Artistic Director Joe Dowling co-hosts this Saturday sharing the classical music that has ties to plays he's directed as well as a few favorites that live on his iPod perpetually. You can listen to him share his favorite tunes online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/23/joe-dowling-classical-music?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: Mayor Chris Coleman Keeping the city running must require at least a small amount of head-clearing and down-time and the Mayor shared with me that there are several pieces of music that put him in the right frame of mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/15/mayor-coleman-classical-music?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal make beautiful music together on the bluffs in Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/12/regional-spotlight-petri-hannibal?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Music with Minnesotans: William Gurstelle Inventor, scientist, author and classical music lover William Gurstelle shares with us the classical music that inspires him to create his fiery masterpieces. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/11/william-gurstelle-classical-music?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:00:00 -0500 Mahler is 150! Live concert broadcasts, fascinating commentary by Mahler experts and Mahler's own copy of the score to his first symphony. It's all this week as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/04/gustav-mahler-150th?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jul 2010 10:22:33 -0500 'Playing (Less) Hurt' Janet Horvath's groundbreaking book "Playing (Less) Hurt" is a bible for performing musicians. It has a new publisher in Hal Leonard, and includes new content. Horvath, along with Rehabilitation Specialist Jonathan Reynolds, answer your questions and concerns in an online chat on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/03/playing-less-hurt?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Opera's Kevin Smith to retire After nearly 30 years with the company, Minnesota Opera President and CEO Kevin Smith plans to step down. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/12/minnesota-opera-kevin-smith-retire?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra musicians play Bloch When it was premiered, it was called the "greatest piece in the genre since Brahms" but nowadays Bloch's Piano Quintet No. 1 is less often played. Five Minnesota Orchestra members give a performance filled with fire and brilliance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/29/bloch-quintet-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Schubert Club student competition winners play at MPR The Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition winners stopped by the MPR studios to give us a sample of their playing and chat about their aspirations for careers in music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/24/schubert-club-student-competition?refid=0 Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition Seven finalists competed for cash-prizes in the 2010 Saint Paul String Quartet and three winners - plus and audience choice - was selected. You can listen to all of the teen-aged groups on-line. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/15/saint-paul-string-quartet-competition?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Metropolitan Orchestra performs work with Bill Holm text The Twin Cities Metropolitan Symphony celebrates Bill Holm with a piece for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/27/tartaglia_bill_holm?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Regional Spotlight: Dorian Wind Quintet plays Reicha From a concert in the dead of winter, the Dorian Quintet warms the atmosphere with music by the premiere quintet composer, Anton Reicha. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/16/regional-spotlight-dorian-wind-quintet?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Parker Quartet gives final concert The Parker Quartet plays its final concert TONIGHT as MPR's first-ever Artists-in-Residence at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/08/parker_quartet_varsity?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Grand Symphonic Winds go to China Saint Paul's premiere civic band performs in Beijing and Shanghai. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/08/grand-symphonic-winds-china?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 16:39:34 -0500 Free Download of Yefim Bronfman's Schubert Club recital! Yefim Bronfman gave a spectacular recital at the Ordway in February. You can download the concert for free or listen on-line right here. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/02/yefim-bronfman_download_schubert-club?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Bach & Friends A new DVD brings together some of the greatest musicians - and thinkers - to reflect on Bach and play his music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/30/bach-and-friends?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:51:11 -0500 Fanny Hensel - The Other Mendelssohn She was a composer, a director, a pianist of the highest caliber, and a scholar of Bach. Fanny Hensel -- the older sister of Felix Mendelssohn - but who was she and why was she not able to enjoy the world of the celebrated musician? A new authoritative biography paints a portrait of a woman ahead of her time whose music is only just becoming more widely known. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/11/fanny-hensel-other-mendelssohn?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Bach Prelude and Fugue Michael Barone hosts a series "Before Bach's Birthday" party of organ concerts Saturday, on some of the great instruments in Minneapolis. Listen now online to a recent snippet from a Pipedreams Live concert at Oberlin with one of the reigning Bach specialists, Balint Karosi. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/12/bach_birthday_barone?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 The indestructible keyboard music of Bach We're celebrating Bach's birthday week today with his keyboard music, some of the most revolutionary stuff in its time. Listen online to Skip James and his Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra friends in Bach's Brandenburg No. 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/17/spco_brandenburg_5?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:51:39 -0500 Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach We begin our all-week Bach 325th anniversary celebration with a recent performance by the sensational Bach interpreter, Simone Dinnerstein. Listen on-line to her French Suite No. 5 recorded at MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/14/dinnerstein_bach_french_suite?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Celebrate Chopin's 200th with the SPCO Chopin turns 200 on Monday. Celebrate early with a performance of Chopin's second piano concerto from a recent performance with Christian Zacharias and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/24/chopin_spco?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 13:34:57 -0600 SPCO announces new season Two new commissions, two new Artistic Partners and gigs at the Walker and Carnegie Hall - and all at affordable prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/22/spco_10-11_season?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Swedish Radio Choir in the Cities One of the best choirs in the world performed at Ted Mann Friday, Feb. 26 and you can listen to a recent live concert online, including Anders Hillborg's "Mouyiyuom," a cosmic meditation of sounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/29/swedish-radio-choir?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 If it ain't 'baroque' it's not Barthold Kuijken One of the finest traverso - or Baroque Flute - specialists in the world comes to the Twin Cities for a masterclass and concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/04/barthold_kuikjen?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Escher in St. Cloud A young up-and-coming string quartet plays Saint Cloud this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/28/escher-quartet-st-cloud?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Music and Dance: Bakken Trio plays Messiaen It was written during one of the darkest times in history - the Second World War - and while Messiaen was in a prisoner-of-war camp, but it remains one of the most transformative pieces of all time - The Quartet for the End of Time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/05/bakken_trio_messiaen?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Unsilenced: GLBT and Jewish Voices of the Holocaust The Nazis tried to silence them, but their music and stories live on. One Voice Mixed Chorus gives a concert of hope and resistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/13/unsilenced_holocaust?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Trumpet in the New Year with classical music The Vienna Philharmonic plays Strauss, the Minnesota Orchestra plays Beethoven and it's an entire day of musical "firsts." Preview by listening on-line to a concert recording of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra playing Prokofiev's first - his "Classical" symphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/29/musical_firsts_2010?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 09:51:36 -0600 Joy to the World! Christmas at Luther For 28 years, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa has celebrated its rich tradition of singing with a festive concert. Don't miss this year's Christmas at Luther on Wednesday at 8:00 on Classical MPR.. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/10/luther_college_christmas?refid=0 Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Messiah! If sheer number of performances means anything, Handel's oratorio "Messiah" may just be the greatest oratorio of them all. Hear Christmas selections from a recent performance by Boston's Handel and Haydn Society. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/16/handel_haydn_society_messiah?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 14:04:16 -0600 St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2009 - Light of all Creation...Scatter the Darkness A cherished part of the Christmas season celebration for nearly 100 years, join us for the St. Olaf Christmas Festival - a spiritual journey in word and music. Listen to a repeat broadcast on Classical MPR on Sunday, December 20 at 6:00 or stream on-line. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/18/st_olaf_christmas_2009?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 A Lute Summit It's a group of lutenists meeting together to discuss -- well actually play --very important things. It's the 'Lute Summit' this Saturday at Hamline University. Hear several pieces and an interview with Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/18/lute_summit?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New book documents Osmo Vanska's career Osmo Vanska is the subject of a new book. The pictures are a feast for the eyes, tracing the maestro's story from his early years playing clarinet to leading -- and building -- one of the finest orchestras in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/01/osmo_vanska_orchestra_builder?refid=0 Sun, 08 Nov 2009 09:00:00 -0600 How to find the right piano teacher Choosing a piano teacher can be a bit like finding the right lawyer, plumber or hairdresser -- professional experience is important, as well as a good fit. North Dakota Piano Teacher of the Year, Sharon Westbrook, shares her thoughts on finding that best "fit." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/29/piano_teacher_sharon_westbrook?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 SPCO names new Principal Timpanist Twenty-something Michael Israelievitch has just been named Principal Timpani of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. It was a grueling (but thorough!) audition and he feels ready to take on his new role. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/24/michael-israelievitch-spco?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:49:37 -0600 In search of Beethoven If you were to list the 10 greatest things from all of humanity, on that list would probably be a piece or two by Beethoven. He was a god; he was a cranky and difficult man; he was an inveterate optimist. Who was the real Beethoven? A new film by Phil Grabsky aims to find out with the help of some of the greatest Beethoven artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/17/in-search-of-beethoven?refid=0 Sat, 17 Oct 2009 05:42:44 -0500 Thomas Hampson's American Song; Part Four: To the Twentieth Century Thomas Hampson is known as the Ambassador of American music. He began his 'Song of America' tour at Winona's Beethoven Festival in July of 2009. Listen to this captivating music with Thomas Hampson himself as host. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/16/thomas_hampson_song_america_part4?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:16:22 -0500 Thomas Hampson's American Song; Part Three: This Beautiful Land Baritone Thomas Hampson began his Song of America tour at Winona's Beethoven Festival in July of 2009. Listen to this captivating music with Thomas Hampson himself as host. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/16/thomas_hampson_song_america_part3?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:11:03 -0500 Thomas Hampson's American Song; Part Two: War and the Spirit Thomas Hampson sang at the Beethoven Festival in Winona, Minnesota to begin his 'Song of America' tour. Hear Part Two in the series with Hampson as host. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/16/thomas_hampson_song_america_part2?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 09:23:08 -0500 Orpheus live from Carnegie for first broadcast of new classical public radio station The newest public classical radio station - New York City's WQXR began their new life with a live broadcast of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Carnegie Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/08/orpheus_wqxr_broadcast?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 13:55:06 -0500 Aranjuez comes to Bemidji He had to practice in hide-outs during the war, but now Serbian guitarist Petar Jankovic enjoys a varied career of teaching and playing in the United States, including a performance of one of the most beloved guitar concertos this Sunday in Bemidji: Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/08/petar_jankovic_rodrigo_aranjuez?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 12:14:18 -0500 Steven Epp doesn't miss a beat in Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale It's the story of Faust in the hands of Stravinsky - a soldier trading his violin for wealth and power. Steven Epp plays all of the roles with violinist Stephanie Arado as the soldiers' "soul" in this unique theater performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/07/soldiers-tale-bakken-steven-epp?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 15:08:18 -0500 2010 Gilmore Artist Award winner Kirill Gerstein on Bach, Rach and jazz 2010 Gilmore Artist Award winner Kirill Gerstein's musical education included classical studies as well as jazz at the Berklee School, and his music is infused with both a Russian sensibility and a jazz spontaneity. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/07/kirill-gerstein-saint-paul-chamber-orchestra?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 11:35:02 -0500 Oslo Chamber Choir Tours Minnesota When the Oslo Chamber Choir tours Minnesota this weekend, they will have an action-packed four days with nary a break. Friday in Moorhead, Saturday in Minneapolis, Sunday in St. Cloud and Monday in Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/23/oslo_chamber_choir?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:17:45 -0500 'The Turnaround King' helps regional arts groups Michael Kaiser is president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He's on an "Arts in Crisis" tour of all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Listen to his Q&A with Minnesota arts groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/17/arts_in_crisis?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:23:58 -0500 Mahler letters Earlier this year at the Twin Cities airport, representatives of the Schubert Club and the New York Philharmonic met for a brief moment to exchange a packet of letters written by Gustav Mahler to his handpicked concertmaster, when Mahler served as the Philharmonic's director in the early 1900s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/05/mahler_letters?refid=0 Sat, 05 Sep 2009 12:19:28 -0500 A Perfect Storm: Hitler, Hollywood and the great emigre musicians Hitler's unwitting gift to America: a gathering of Europe's great musicians in Southern California. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/02/windfall_musicians?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 16:27:52 -0500 Sixty candles for Stephen Paulus Composer Stephen Paulus may have a young-looking mug, but Monday, August 24th, he turns 60. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/19/stephen_paulus_sixty?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:44:21 -0500 Thomas Hampson's American Song, Part One: The Journey Begins Thomas Hampson has been called the "Ambassador of American Song." He chose the Bluff Country of Minnesota to begin his Song of America tour, singing a recital at the Beethoven Festival in Winona. Now you can hear the music with Hampson himself as host. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/14/thomas_hampson_song_america_part1?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 11:40:38 -0500 Barbara Dennerlein pulls out all stops for jazz The organ is not unknown in the jazz world, but few jazz organists use their feet to play the bass line. Barbara Dennerlein is one of a kind, in that she plays it all. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/07/barbara_dennerlein?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:00:34 -0500 Songs of War He was against the Iraq war, but his own son enlisted in the Air Force. Baritone Stephen Swanson felt angry, frustrated and helpless, so he expressed himself the best way he could, in song. Celebrate Memorial Day by listening to several songs artfully sung as well as short commentary from the artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/30/fringe_2009_war_song?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Local pianist Andrew Staupe the main attraction at Sommerfest What makes a kid want to practice piano? For Andrew Staupe, it took some time to realize you can only win big competitions and have a career if you put in the effort. He has, and at age 24 already has a blossoming career. He'll perform this Friday with the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/29/sommerfest_2009_3?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:00:59 -0500 Sommerfest's music director wears two hats Andrew Litton has served as the music director of Sommerfest for six seasons. He conducts from the keyboard an English rarity and an American classic. You can listen to the concert live this Friday on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/16/sommerfest_2009_2?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Sommerfest goes to Vienna for the night Andrew Litton is on the podium of the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest for his seventh season, beginning the series in its traditional vein with Johann Strauss. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/15/sommerfest_2009_1?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 13:43:17 -0500 Piano-e-competition 2009 Twenty-four pianists -- culled from a herd of pianists by playing the best on a "replicating piano" -- will converge in St. Paul for the fourth Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/26/piano_e_competition?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:40:20 -0500 Flutes, old and new This week, archaeologists in southern Germany discovered the earliest known instrument -- a 35,000-year-old flute made out of a vulture bone. You can hear a modern silver flute -- played with the same techniques as that old bone flute -- with the Dorian Wind Quintet in concert last January in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/24/dorian_quintet?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:48:31 -0500 Cantus wins major award from Chorus America The Minneapolis-based ensemble Cantus has been recognized with one of the highest honors for vocal music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/19/cantus_prize?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 09:15:28 -0500 Fathers and sons -- The music of Gabriel and Jeffrey Kahane It's Father's Day this Sunday, and we thought we'd celebrate with selections by fathers and their musical progeny. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/18/gabriel_kahane?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:18:20 -0500 Miro Quartet returns to White Pine Festival The White Pine Festival, coming up next Wednesday in several towns along the St. Croix River Valley, celebrates the convergence of music, painting and poetry. The Miro Quartet is performing a new work in collaboration with poet Matthea Harvey. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/11/white_pine_festival?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 13:44:37 -0500 Joseph Jennings to retire from Chanticleer For 26 years, he's been associated with the "orchestra of voices," as singer, arranger, conductor, and the driving force in creating their signature sound. Now, Joseph Jennings will step down and let the next generation take over. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/03/joseph_jennings_retirement?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 09:57:03 -0500 Oboist premieres new work in final concert with Musical Offering Minnesota Orchestra oboist Basil Reeve has been playing with the local Twin Cities chamber music group Musical Offering since the early 1970s. He'll end his tenure this weekend on a high note, by presenting the premiere of a work by James Bolle. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/27/basil_reeve_musical_offering?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 17:18:22 -0500 New Zealand String Quartet share a piece of Maori culture The New Zealand String Quartet plays an unusual work that includes an array of Maori instruments. Richard Nunns, the authority on "nga taonga puoro" (traditional Maori musical instruments) joined them in this performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/27/hineputehue?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 17:00:13 -0500 New 'old' work by Vaughan Williams premieres in Minneapolis St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis gives the world premiere of a student composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It's a piece he wrote for his Cambridge composition degree 115 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/27/vaughan_williams_vexilla_regis?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 11:08:53 -0500 Dominick Argento's Memorial: 'Evensong: Of Love and Angels' For this Memorial Day, the premiere of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Dominick Argento's memorial for his wife and muse of 51 years, soprano Carolyn Bailey Argento. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/25/argento_memorial?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 13:46:00 -0500 Jennifers Koh and Higdon in new piece with Minnesota Orchestra The three H's tonight at the Minnesota Orchestra: Haydn, Hanson and a new work by Jennifer Higdon. Grammy-award nominee Jennifer Koh plays an unusual concerto for violin, orchestra and chorus "Singing Rooms" tonight on the Minnesota Orchestra Broadcast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/22/jennifers_koh_higdon?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Schubert Club holds annual student competition The Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition winners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/schubert_club_winners?refid=0 Sun, 26 Apr 2009 12:08:36 -0500 Rising singing star Eric Owens performs in St. Paul Unless you're an opera buff, the name Eric Owens may not be entirely familiar to you. But it's only a matter of time before this up-and-coming young singer becomes a household name. Owens performs in St. Paul tonight, and he spoke with MPR classical music host Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/eric_owens?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Playing Mozart like Mozart Played Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout shares his insights on playing Mozart with fresh energy in his new disc with violinist Petra Mullejans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/bezuidenhout?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 12:42:27 -0500 When One Flute Isn't Enough Classical MPR's Alison Young chats with flutist Lisa Beznosiuk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/lisa_beznosiuk?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:53:17 -0600 Pierre-Laurent Aimard, a musician's musician Having just finished three years as a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Artistic Partner, pianist and conductor Pierre-Laurent Aimard reflects back on music making with such a willing group, from introducing new music and truly "partnering" in the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/classical_aimard?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 13:13:00 -0600 Flutist practices what she preaches Her students often complain, "It sounded better at home!" So flutist Linda Chatterton attached that name to a seminar she offers on how to get one's playing out of the practice room and on to the concert stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/20/classical_chatterton?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 The original 'Pretty Woman' comes to Duluth In an interesting twist of an old story, Julia Roberts' "Pretty Woman" watched her own life story unfold on the opera stage, in a production of "La Traviata: the Woman who Strayed." Duluth Festival Opera uses the Hollywood connection in a new production set in 1930s Hollywood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/classical?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 14:34:28 -0500 For the love of Brass Rolf Smedvig wants you to instantly recognize his ensemble the first time you hear it. He spoke with classical music host Alison Young about Empire Brass, a group with a special sound molded through the discipline of the Boston Symphony and a youthful energy and excitement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/cms_empire_brass?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 U of M opera students stage immoral tale Monteverdi's "The Coronation of Poppea" is a story from ancient Rome with a big helping of intrigue, deceit, decadence and some unsavory characters. It's seldom staged because of its large cast, but it presents plenty of opportunities for the young singers of the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/poppea?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 15:12:17 -0500 Classical flutist puts some swing into his playing He's got rhythm and he's got music, what more could University of Minnesota flute professor Immanuel Davis ask for? How about a new jazz-inspired flute sonata. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/classical_davis?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 13:37:06 -0500 Flutist and harpist play as one 'beautiful soul' Harpist Kathy Kienzle and flutist Michele Frisch met playing music for singers, and as the Bell' Alma Duo try to capture the fluidity of singers in their performances. The two have just released a new CD of music from the French Opera repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/bellalma?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2008 14:05:55 -0600 Secrets revealed with new book on Maurice Durufle Music at once impressionistic, transcendent and deeply personal was written by 20th century French composer Maurice Durufle, a man who whose gloomy constitution had nothing to do with the music he made. His secrets, his life and the magic of his music are revealed in a new book by a Minnesota organist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/25/cms_durufle?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 10:01:52 -0600 West meets East when guitarist Lily Afshar performs Tremolos and quarter-tones are the exotic mix in a Lily Afshar recital. She plays music by composers most of us have never heard of and creates sounds that hearken back to Sheherezade and the Arabian Nights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/classical?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jan 2008 10:00:00 -0600 Skrowaczewski's flute extravaganza Minnesota Orchestra principal flutist Adam Kuenzel pushes the technical and sonic possibilities in the premiere of a new concerto by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Kuenzel spoke with host Alison Young and demonstrated both the beauty and wildness of Skrowaczewski's "Fantasia for Flute and Orchestra." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/19/kuenzelflutepremiere?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 13:19:20 -0500 A poet makes music this weekend in Stillwater Tony Hoagland writes free verse, without a rhyming scheme or a formal structure, but that doesn't mean his poems are without music. As if to prove the point, he's in Stillwater this weekend to participate in the first-ever White Pine Festival, which explores the relationship between music and poetry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/22/tonyhoagland?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Aimard heads west with the SPCO The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and one of its key collaborators will be in California this weekend to make their debuts at the 61st annual Ojai Music Festival. In a conversation with Minnesota Public Radio's Alison Young, Pierre-Laurent Aimard says he expects Ojai to be a musical adventure for him and his colleagues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/07/aimardonojai?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2007 11:00:00 -0500 Rose Ensemble visits the court of "The Girl King" During her 22 years on the throne, Christina of Sweden enticed musicians and composers from around Europe to 17th-century Stockholm. During a visit to Minnesota Public Radio, the Rose Ensemble performed selections from an upcoming concert series exploring music from Queen Christina's court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/28/rosesession?refid=0 Sat, 28 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 The Web paves the way for a pianist named Wunder Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder earned his American debut in an audition over the World Wide Web. It takes place Sunday at Macalester College in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/14/ingolfwunder?refid=0 Sat, 14 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Joseph Silverstein at 75 Violinist Joseph Silverstein, one of the most celebrated concertmasters in history, celebrated his 75th birthday last week. He maintains an active schedule, which brought him to the Twin Cities this past weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/silverstein?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2007 15:25:43 -0500 William Bennett made the flute his voice English flutist William Bennett says he wanted to be a singer, but his teachers told him at an early age that he didn't have much of a natural voice. So the flute became his voice and his playing has set a new standard for the instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/27/williambennett?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2007 16:56:50 -0500 Fargo's favorite musical son returns home Composer and musical satirist Peter Schickele is the guest of honor as the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary weekend. Schickele says his success as a composer owes a lot to lessons he learned as a teenage bassoon player in that orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/schickele?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 14:15:00 -0600 He prepared the parts for "The Grapes of Wrath" William Holab took literally thousands of notes, musical and dramatic directions and turned them into useable parts and scores for "The Grapes of Wrath." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/10/grapesparts?refid=0 Sat, 10 Feb 2007 22:15:19 -0600 A Baroque flutist has proven his mettle In mastering the one-keyed, wooden Baroque flute, Barthold Kuijken has become more than familar with the peculiarities of the instrument. He stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to play a suite of dances and talk with host Alison Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/02/bartholdkuijken?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2007 18:00:00 -0600 Understanding Iraq through the ancient oud Iraqi-born musician Rahim AlHaj shares the experiences of his home through an ancient instrument called the oud. He says he's looking forward to the day when Iraq is full of music again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/07/rahimalhaj?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2006 16:05:00 -0600 Up-and-coming Russian pianist makes his Minnesota debut Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin is a 20-something wunderkind currently making his debut tour of North America. He stopped by Minnesota Public Radio's Studio M to talk with host Alison Young and play Debussy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/14/yevgenysudbin?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 10:59:41 -0600