Minnesota Public Radio features by Jennifer Allen http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30846 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:57:53 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jennifer Allen http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 And the gold medal for figure skating goes to classical music Figure skating conjures vivid images of highly skilled athletes, thrilling moves and eye-popping costumes. And tying together the elements of that visual splendor is stunning music. As the Winter Olympics begin, here's a look at a dozen past and present figure skaters who have mined the world of classical music in their quests for a medal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/07/and-the-gold-medal-for-figure-skating-goes-to-classical-music?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Choral Featured Album: 'Winter Sounds' This week's Choral Featured Album comes from a land of frozen landscapes and longstanding choral tradition: Sweden. The latest recording from Sweden's Uppsala Academic Chamber Choir is 'Winter Sounds.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/20/choral-featured-album-winter-sounds?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0600 Choral Featured Album: 'Wandering Heart' This week's Choral Featured Album release is "Wandering Heart" by Chor Leoni Men's Choir. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/11/new-release-feature-wandering-heart?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Fourth of July Music that's evocative of serene plains, soaring mountains, community gatherings, raucous dancing -- just a few of the many hallmarks of the uniquely American sound. In anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday this weekend, we'll hear five works by American composers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/29/morning-glories-fourth-of-july?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Stravinsky Russian composer Igor Stravinsky is regarded as one of modern classical music's biggest influences. His innovative use of rhythm and harmony, and ability to infuse his works with a unique voice while exploring a wide range of styles, continue to inspire composers today. We'll touch on some of his compositional periods, and hear some of his most famous pieces, in this week's Morning Glories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/08/morning-glories-stravinsky?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:56:50 -0500 Morning Glories: Lakes Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, when sunny days abound and minds turn to weekend escapes. With warmer weather ahead, we'll spark those thoughts all this week, with Morning Glory pieces about lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/25/morning-glories-lakes?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Young Performers in the Spotlight This week, Classical MPR begins broadcasting the studio recordings of the Featured Round Artists in this year's Minnesota Varsity competition. To celebrate youth in music, we'll hear performances on Morning Glories from classical musicians who've gained international fame before the age of 35. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/09/morning-glories-young-performers-in-the-spotlight?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -0500 New Holiday Albums: a gift-giving guide The holiday season means music, and for many, it also means gift-giving. Classical MPR's Associate Music Director Jennifer Allen has a look at some of the year's new holiday albums as you consider gifts for the music lover in your life (maybe even for yourself). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/12/new-holiday-albums-a-giftgiving-guide?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:50:00 -0600 American Panorama Classical MPR's assistant music director takes a musical trip around America, led by Spring for Music orchestras http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/05/american-panorama-spring-for-music?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 11:46:13 -0500