Minnesota Public Radio features by Luke Taylor http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31004 en-us Copyright 2015 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:05:34 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Luke Taylor http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Pleased to meet Brian Stack The longtime writer and actor on Conan O'Brien's late-night shows is a huge music fan. 'Bands like the Replacements and R.E.M. were as influential to me when it comes to comedy as a lot of my favorite comedians were,' he says. Read more about Brian Stack and the music that moves him. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/05/pleased-to-meet-brian-stack?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:20:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Rob Grote and Pat Cassidy of The Districts Rob Grote and Pat Cassidy of The Districts have an equal stake in their Gibson Les Paul Recording II guitar: Rob owns it, and Pat plays it. But after all their gear and their van were stolen, it's lucky they even have it at all. Rob and Pat tell the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/25/the-current-s-guitar-collection-rob-grote-and-pat-cassidy-of-the-districts?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Putting classical music where the people are Bach in the Subways founder Dale Henderson describes how his volunteer network seeks to spread the beauty and calm of classical music around the globe on Bach's birthday, which is coming up on Saturday, March 21. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/11/putting-classical-music-where-the-people-are?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:20:00 -0600 How the Grammys Work This Sunday, Feb. 8, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (also known as The Recording Academy) will host its 57th annual Grammy Awards presentation. Awards will be given in 82 categories, but how does it all work? Here's an infographic and an article to explain it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/24/how-the-grammys-work?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:50:00 -0600 #Current10: So where did that red oval come from? The red oval and The Current seem to go hand in hand. And The Current's listeners have embraced this simple yet elegant design, whether posting it as window clings or wearing it on t-shirts or carrying oval-emblazoned water bottles. But where did that oval come from? A former MPR graphic designer sheds some light on it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/23/current10-so-where-did-that-red-oval-come-from?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Dave Bayley of Glass Animals Glass Animals' front man Dave Bayley loves Hofner Guitars, even though he says they are made of 'annoyingly cheap' wood. But it's the guitars' sound that draws him in and has made him a collector. Bayley purchased his guitar in a shop in Denmark Street in London -- one of the places on the itinerary of the upcoming London Beat with Mark Wheat tour. "It's called 'Guitar Alley'," Bayley says. "There's loads of vintage guitar shops." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/17/the-current-s-guitar-collection-dave-bayley-of-glass-animals?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:50:00 -0600 Frequent-flyer musicians look for relief in DOT rule A violist, cellist and bassist share their insights on a new rule to create a standard policy for carrying instruments on cramped airplanes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/11/frequent-flyer-musicians?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:50:22 -0600 Frequent-flyer musicians share their thoughts on DOT ruling Musicians have experienced inconsistent policies when traveling with their instruments, leading to a new ruling from the U.S. Department of Transportation intended to create a standard policy across the industry. Speaking to Classical MPR, a violist, a cellist and a bassist shared their insights on travel and on the new rule. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/09/frequentflyer-musicians-share-their-thoughts-on-dot-ruling?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Brandi Carlile Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile describes her Collings custom guitar, a guitar make she starting playing based on the recommendation of a songwriting legend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/31/the-current-s-guitar-collection-brandi-carlile?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:20:00 -0600 The Top 10 Most-Coveted New Classical Tracks Albums of 2014 Frequently throughout the year, albums featured on New Classical Tracks are offered as free giveaways, given to lucky winners in a random draw. In this unscientific poll, here are the top 10 most-coveted albums of 2014, based on number of giveaway entrants. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/30/the-top-10-mostcoveted-new-classical-tracks-albums-of-2014?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:50:00 -0600 Polish government honors former Minn. Orchestra director Skrowaczewski Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has awarded the former Minnesota Orchestra music director with the Grand Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland in honor of contributions to Polish culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/22/polish-government-honors-former-minn-orchestra-director-skrowaczewski?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:00 -0600 Mike Pengra shares his thoughts as Radio Heartland turns six On Dec. 11, 2008, Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Show with Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole (aka Tom Keith) made its final broadcast. That same day, a new service, Radio Heartland, began streaming. Program Director Mike Pengra recently sat down to reflect on Radio Heartland past, present and future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/11/mike-pengra-reflects-on-six-years-of-radio-heartland?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Nick Lowe Nick Lowe accompanied a friend on an errand to a guitar shop in Portland, Ore.; implored to try a guitar by a store employee, Lowe originally dismissed the instrument as "ugly." But after playing it, Nick Lowe bought it. Read the story and learn about the guitar in the latest installment of The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/10/the-current-s-guitar-collection-nick-lowe?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Mike Doughty Mike Doughty keeps two guitars at home so there's always one nearby when an idea strikes him. One of those guitars is always on tour with him, and Doughty took some time to tell us about it and the decals he's applied to personalize the instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/03/the-currents-guitar-collection-mike-doughty?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:50:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Tim Buzza Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Tim Buzza of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/05/music-teacher-feature-tim-buzza?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Remembering when war gave way to 'Silent Night' As Christmas 1914 approached, opposing armies famously put their differences aside and shared common celebrations. It's a story that's been preserved in many ways, including in the stage show, 'All Is Calm', a co-production of Theater Latte Da and Cantus. Learn more and enter for a chance to win tickets to the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/remembering-when-war-gave-way-to-silent-night?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:20:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Luke Taylor, digital producer Digital Producer Luke Taylor shares his top 10 songs and albums of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-luke-taylor-digital-producer?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Nikki Lane When Nikki Lane was in The Current's studio for a live session, she played a brand-new, shiny, black guitar. Asked about the instrument, Nikki shares a great story that involves a tour of the guitar factory and a great deal of respect for Johnny Cash. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/26/the-current-s-guitar-collection-nikki-lane-?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:50:00 -0600 New documentary spotlights Sharon Isbin's life and work Produced by Susan Dangel, the new film 'Sharon Isbin: Troubadour' offers an unprecedented look into the life of the award-winning, Minneapolis-born classical guitarist. "I'm very open about my life in a way that I've never been before in public," Isbin says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/21/new-documentary-spotlights-sharon-isbin-s-life-and-work?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Brad Barr of the Barr Brothers For Brad Barr, his 1950s Gibson J-45 not only sounds great, it's a priceless memento of and tribute to a late, beloved uncle. "He was a great teacher to me, and I'm ever grateful to him," Barr says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/19/the-current-s-guitar-collection-brad-barr-of-the-barr-brothers?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:50:00 -0600 First Listen: William Perry's 'Hearts of the World' On Nov. 11, as many nations mark the 100th anniversary of World War I and take time to remember those who died in that and other wars, Classical MPR brings you a first listen to a new piece by composer William Perry, based on a film about World War I. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/11/first-listen-william-perry-s-hearts-of-the-world?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit While in the studio at The Current, Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez played a Fender Kingman, which actually has a connection to Elvis in the movies. Matt explains, and he also describes some of his other favorite guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/05/the-current-s-guitar-collection-matt-vasquez-of-delta-spirit?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 09:50:00 -0600 Listen to the magic of the Lucerne Festival For most Classical MPR listeners, attending the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland represents quite a commitment. That's why we're bringing you highlights from the festival each Tuesday throughout the month of November. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/04/listen-to-the-magic-of-the-lucerne-festival?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:20:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Dave Hosking of Boy & Bear When Sydney's Boy & Bear were in the studio for a live session, front man Dave Hosking took some time to talk about his vintage Gibson guitar. One of the things that drew him to the instrument was how "it sounded like all [his] favorite Neil Young records." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/29/the-current-s-guitar-collection-dave-hosking-of-boy--bear?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jack Moffitt of The Preatures The Preatures' Jack Moffitt walked into a Sydney guitar shop on a whim and found an instrument he describes as "me in a guitar." Find out more about what Jack has to say about his Gibson 335. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/22/the-currents-guitar-collection-jack-moffitt-of-the-preatures?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:50:00 -0500 Remembering Stephen Paulus Composer Stephen Paulus passed away Sunday at the age of 65. People from throughout the music world share their thoughts about Paulus. You are invited to share your own memories and reflections. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/20/remembering-stephen-paulus?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:50:00 -0500 Meet cellist and author Edward Kelsey Moore Professional cellist with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Philharmonic, and the best-selling author of 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat', Edward Kelsey Moore will write a series of exclusive essays for Classical MPR. Get to know a bit more about him. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/17/meet-cellist-and-author-edward-kelsey-moore?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Field Report After playing a set in The Current's studio, Field Report's Chris Porterfield and Tom Wincek took some time to talk about their guitars. Both describe interesting modifications they've made, including why Chris's guitar looks like an antique. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/15/the-current-s-guitar-collection-field-report?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: The Loar By strange coincidence, a guitar make that we hadn't covered before was mentioned by two different guitar players within one week: Anthony LaMarca of The War on Drugs and singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle both describe their acoustic guitars built by San Francisco-based The Loar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/01/the-current-s-guitar-collection-the-loar?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:50:00 -0500 Think you might like Prokofiev? Katie McCurry was last week's Music with Minnesotans guest. She received a suggestion from a listener to listen to Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 58, by Sergei Prokofiev. Here's what Katie had to say. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/29/think-you-might-like-prokofiev?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Mikaiah Lei of The Bots When you're 21 years old, as Mikaiah Lei of the Bots is, a guitar built in 1993 qualifies as 'vintage.' Mikaiah loves guitars; he's got a shedload of them, many of which are in for maintenance right now. But he shares their stories and also talks about his road-ready effects board. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/24/the-current-s-guitar-collection-mikaiah-lei-of-the-bots?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:20:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Jonathan Laflamme Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Jonathan Laflamme, director of bands at Little Falls Community High School in Little Falls, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/25/music-teacher-feature-jonathan-laflamme?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 You liked that? Maybe you'll like this! We've added a new twist to Music with Minnesotans: Each week, we'll ask you to suggest a piece of music to Steve Staruch's guest. Read how Grant Johnson, this season's first Music with Minnesotans guest, responds to a listener tip, then learn how you can get involved. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/19/you-liked-that-maybe-youll-like-this-music-with-minnesotans?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:50:00 -0500 Nicola Benedetti is serious about music education As back-to-school month continues at Classical MPR, violinist Nicola Benedetti shares her thoughts on the importance of music education for children. "Because it's good for them," she says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/11/nicola-benedetti-is-serious-about-music-education?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:20:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Ed Schaefle Back for its second year, Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/09/music-teacher-feature-ed-schaefle?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Renee Fleming on the importance of teachers, curiosity and hard work As Classical MPR marks back-to-school month and as the Minnesota Orchestra kicks off its season with special guest, soprano Renee Fleming, we've located this archival interview clip in which Fleming highlights the role of education in any singer's career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/05/renee-fleming-on-the-importance-of-teachers-curiosity-and-hard-work-?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:50:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR Stage: Saana Ensemble Making their MPR booth debut at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 1, are the members of Saana Ensemble -- five Finnish women who now live in Minnesota and entertain audiences with the music of their native land. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/31/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-saana-ensemble?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:50:00 -0500 A new frontier for the Copper Street Brass Quintet The Copper Street Brass Quintet have performed numerous times at the MPR booth during previous State Fairs. But this year, they'll perform in Carousel Park in a concert that will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. Trombonist Alex Wolff shares his thoughts ahead of the big performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/28/a-new-frontier-for-the-copper-street-brass-quintet?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:20:00 -0500 Talking about the State Fair with The Ericksons The Ericksons will perform on MPR Day -- Friday, Aug. 29 -- at the Minnesota State Fair in Carousel Park at 10 a.m., in a performance co-hosted by Barb Abney and Mike Pengra. Ahead of the show, Jenny Kapernick of The Ericksons shared her thoughts about the State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/28/live-in-carousel-park-the-ericksons?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:50:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR stage: Singers from the Minnesota Opera Singers from the Minnesota Opera will perform on the stage of the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28. Here's some background on the organization and the people who will be performing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/27/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-singers-from-the-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks Strand of Oaks' frontman tells us about the Fender Telecaster he received as a gift -- and how he almost lost it in New York's Lower East Side. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/27/the-current-s-guitar-collection-tim-showalter-of-strand-of-oaks?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:20:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR stage: MPR Choir This volunteer choir made up of MPR employees is led by Classical MPR's Mindy Ratner, who will also host the group when it performs on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about the group before its State Fair debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/26/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-mpr-choir?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR stage: treVeld On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., treVeld will perform at the MPR booth; Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel hosts. Get to know this trio of musicians who blend classical and roots-music elements, and learn what State Fair food they can't resist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/25/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-treveld?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:30:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR stage: Minnesota Boychoir Ahead of the performance at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Aug. 25, we asked Minnesota Boychoir Artistic Director Mark Johnson about the boys' favorite fair foods and exhibits. Johnson also shares a few of his own Fair favorites and his thoughts about performing at the Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/24/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-minnesota-boychoir?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500 First Listen: 'Take the Last Train to Midway' Celebrating their final season at Midway Stadium, the Saint Paul Saints will give away this vinyl album to the first 1,000 fans in attendance at Saturday's game. Get a preview of the album by streaming these tracks by local artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/12/first-listen-take-the-last-train-to-midway?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jeremy Ylvisaker In The Current's studio to do a session with the band Alpha Consumer, Jeremy Ylvisaker spoke to us about one of his guitars, a Squier Jazzmaster, that he bought in Minneapolis a couple years ago, just before heading out on tour with Andrew Bird. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/16/the-current-s-guitar-collection-jeremy-ylvisaker?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:20:00 -0500 Find a Summer Music Festival Summertime in the Upper Midwest brings a number of classical music festivals and other seasonal offerings to Classical MPR's listening region. Use our list and maps to find a festival near you -- or to find a musical reason to take a summer road trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/cms/summermusicfestivals/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:20:00 -0500 Bassist Francois Rabbath loves to share the "beautiful sound" In St. Paul to teach master classes at the Twin Cities Bass Camp and to perform a concert on Thursday, July 10, at the History Theatre, inspiring bassist Fran&#231;ois Rabbath stopped by Classical MPR to share his thoughts about teaching and performing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/08/bassist-francois-rabbath-loves-to-share-the-beautiful-sound?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Benjamin Booker When Benjamin Booker stopped in to The Current for an in-studio session, he took some time to tell us about the hollow-body guitar he purchased without even playing it. Fortunately, it's worked out very well for him. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/02/the-current-s-guitar-collection-benjamin-booker?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Bob Mould During the week his new album, 'Beauty & Ruin', released, Bob Mould visited The Current to do an in-studio session with Steve Seel, to visit with David Campbell on The Local Show, and to perform on 'Wits' alongside author and comedian Jen Kirkman. Despite his busy schedule, Mould took some time to tell us about his signature blue Stratocaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/18/the-current-s-guitar-collection-bob-mould?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Browan Lollar of St. Paul and the Broken Bones St. Paul and the Broken Bones visited The Current's studio following their show at the Varsity Theater. At the end of the band's rollicking in-studio set, guitarist Browan Lollar took some time to talk about his Reverend Gil Parris signature guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/11/the-current-s-guitar-collection-browan-lollar-of-st-paul-and-the-broken-bones?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Lyz Jaakola receives Sally Award in education Lyz Jaakola, one of Classical MPR's 2013-2014 Class Notes Artists, has received the Education Award for a her work in raising awareness and appreciation of Native music and culture throughout Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/09/lyz-jaakola-receives-sally-award-in-education?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes On tour with Conor Oberst as both his opening act and backing band, Dawes stopped by The Current's studio during a two-night stand at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes took some time to tell us about his trusty Gibson acoustic guitar -- and about an important life lesson he learned from a taxi trip in Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/04/the-current-s-guitar-collection-taylor-goldsmith-of-dawes?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Brett Smith Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Brett Smith, who teaches music at O.H. Anderson Elementary School in Mahtomedi, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/03/music-teacher-feature-brett-smith?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Amanda Patton Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Amanda Patton, who teaches music at Little Mountain Elementary School in Monticello, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/20/music-teacher-feature-amanda-patton?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Meet the 2014-2015 Class Notes Artists Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists will be performing in schools throughout Minnesota during the 2014-2015 academic year. Join us at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., and at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m., as we introduce each Class Notes Artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/19/meet-the-20142015-class-notes-artists?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 08:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Valerie June Valerie June visited The Current's studio on August 10, 2013, to play a few songs and to chat with Mac Wilson. After the session, the Memphis singer-songwriter took some time to talk about her then-new acoustic guitar and the mystical connection she felt with it. Valerie June plays Rock the Garden on Sunday, June 22, 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/28/the-currents-guitar-collection-valerie-june?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 10:00:00 -0500 'Pipedreams' fans explore the pipe organs of Switzerland Led by host Michael Barone, a group of 45 travelers are spending two weeks visiting more than 50 pipe organs throughout Switzerland. Get a taste of what they're experiencing amidst the Alps. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/13/pipedreams-fans-explore-the-pipe-organs-of-switzerland?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 16:45:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Angel Olsen When Angel Olsen stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs the day after her gig at The Cedar Cultural Center, she took a few minutes to tell us about her Gibson guitar and about the cool shop in Nashville, Tenn., where she bought it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/07/the-currents-guitar-collection-angel-olsen?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 10:20:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Eric Sayre Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Eric Sayre, who originally taught music in Minnesota and is now executive director of the Guyana Lutheran Music Academy in New Amsterdam, Guyana. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/06/music-teacher-feature-eric-sayre?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Kids in the Hall: youth ensembles take over Orchestra Hall this weekend Season-finale concerts by Angelica Cantanti youth choirs and by Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies bring more than 700 kids onto the Orchestra Hall stage the weekend of May 3 and 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/02/kids-in-the-hall-youth-ensembles-take-over-orchestra-hall-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 12:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jamie MacColl, Bombay Bicycle Club When Bombay Bicycle Club were in The Current's studio ahead of their show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Jamie MacColl took a few moments to talk about the band's custom-built Farida guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/30/the-currents-guitar-collection-jamie-maccoll-bombay-bicycle-club?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Osmo Vanska back as Minnesota Orchestra music director MPR News has confirmed the Minnesota Orchestra board of directors approved a two-year contract for Osmo V&#228;nsk&#228; to return as music director. He will start May 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/24/osmo-vanska-back-as-minnesota-orchestra-music-director?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:26:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: G. Love When G. Love stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off his new album, 'Sugar', he had a few moments to tell us about his guitar before heading off to First Avenue. It turns out G. Love's guitar is more than an instrument; it's his autograph collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/23/the-current-s-guitar-collection-g-love?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Dan Rothman of London Grammar London Grammar's Dan Rothman, after playing a session in The Current's studio, took some time to tell us about his guitar, a circa 1980 Gretsch BST he recently acquired in Los Angeles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/16/the-current-s-guitar-collection-dan-rothman-of-london-grammar?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Stephen Hough to perform on 'A Prairie Home Companion' The world-renowned pianist will bring his music to Lake Wobegon while he hopes to discover some new things himself. 'A Prairie Home Companion' airs on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/11/stephen-hough-to-perform-on-a-prairie-home-companion?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Steve Harris of Gary Numan's band Steve Harris, the guitarist for Gary Numan, spoke to us about his Gibson Les Paul guitar, including how he found it and the bit-crush effects he uses when playing with Numan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/09/the-current-s-guitar-collection-steve-harris-of-gary-numan-s-band?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Terry Brau Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Terry Brau, band director at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/08/music-teacher-feature-terry-brau?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Martin Courtney of Real Estate Real Estate front man Martin Courtney's sea-foam green Fender Stratocaster certainly catches the eye. Courtney tells us how it also caught his ear. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/02/the-current-s-guitar-collection-martin-courtney-of-real-estate?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Sam Roberts When the Sam Roberts Band stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with Jill Riley and to play a few songs off their new album, <i>Lo-Fantasy</i>, we had some time at the end to ask Sam Roberts about his guitar. He was happy to tell us about two guitars that he likes so much, he calls them "a couple of good friends." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/27/the-currents-guitar-collection-sam-roberts?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jeremy Messersmith Jeremy Messersmith and his band stopped by The Current to play an in-studio set in MPR's Forum, hosted by Steve Seel. Just before they packed up the van for their trek to SXSW in Austin, Texas, Jeremy took some time to talk to us about his guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/19/the-currents-guitar-collection-jeremy-messersmith?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:15:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Thomas Savage of Kins When dream-pop four-piece Kins stopped in to The Current's studio for a session ahead of their gig at the Turf Club in St. Paul, front man Thomas Savage took some time to tell us about his guitar, including why he hasn't clipped the excess off his strings just yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/12/the-currents-guitar-collection-thomas-savage-of-kins?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Woody Woodward Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. In this week's spotlight is Woody Woodward of The Blake School's Highcroft Campus in Wayzata, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/11/music-teacher-feature-woody-woodward?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Peter Lalish of Lucius Lucius guitarist Peter Lalish took some time to tell us about how he enjoys finding vintage gear to help him create a '60s garage sound with authenticity. He also explains why he loves Minnesota so much -- you just might come think of him as a local musician once removed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/05/the-currents-guitar-collection-peter-lalish-of-lucius?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Stephen Malkmus When he was in the studio with his band The Jicks a couple weeks ago, indie rock paragon Stephen Malkmus took a few minutes to talk to us about his guitar (and how he bought it from a friend) and about his approaches to performing and songwriting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/26/the-currents-guitar-collection-stephen-malkmus?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:05:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Rikka Dick Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Rikka Dick of Pine Island Public School in Pine Island, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/25/music-teacher-feature-rikka-dick?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog When Dr. Dog came to town to play a couple shows at First Avenue, they also stopped by The Current for an in-studio session. We asked Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken if he had a few minutes to talk to us about his guitar. It turns out he had been on a bit of a quest to find it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/19/the-currents-guitar-collection-scott-mcmicken-of-dr-dog?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:30:00 -0600 Lucius check in from the road Brooklyn, N.Y.-based five-piece Lucius were last in The Current's studios in October 2013, and they have been touring aggressively since that time. They'll be back in town next week for a sold-out show at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, and they recently checked in with us from the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/13/lucius-check-in-from-the-road?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jean-Philip Grobler of St. Lucia When New York-based band St. Lucia visited The Current's studios, front man Jean-Philip Grobler took a few minutes to tell us about his Fender Jaguar guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/12/the-currents-guitar-collection-jeanphilip-grobler-of-st-lucia?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Julie Schramke Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Julie Schramke of Achieve Language Academy in St. Paul, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/11/music-teacher-feature-julie-schramke?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Kollin Johannsen of The Colourist Kollin Johannsen is a guitarist with of The Colourist, a pop-fuelled indie-rock band out of Orange County, Calif. When The Colourist played an in-studio session at The Current, Johannsen took a few minutes to tell us about his guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/05/the-currents-guitar-collection-kollin-johannsen-of-the-colourist?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Ross Clark of St. Lucia Ross Clark is a guitarist and bassist with New York-based band, St. Lucia, who recently visited The Current for an in-studio session. For Clark, it was a homecoming of sorts; he attended McNally-Smith College of Music from 2004 to 2006, and he lived off Wabasha Street just a few blocks from Minnesota Public Radio. He took a few minutes to tell us about his Fender Jazzmaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/29/the-currents-guitar-collection-ross-clark-of-st-lucia?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:45:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Adrian Davis Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Adrian Davis of Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/28/music-teacher-feature-adrian-davis?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0600 How the Grammys Work This Sunday, Jan. 26, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (also known as The Recording Academy) will host its 56th annual Grammy Awards presentation. Awards will be given in 82 categories, but how does it all work? Here's an infographic and an article to explain it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/24/how-the-grammys-work-cmpr?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Adam Castilla of The Colourist Adam Castilla is the front man of The Colourist, a cheekily self-described "math pop" band out of Orange County, Calif. When The Colourist played an in-studio session at The Current, Castilla took a few minutes to tell us about his Gibson hollow-body guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/22/the-current-s-guitar-collection-adam-castilla-of-the-colourist?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jason Loewenstein Jason Loewenstein is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Sebadoh and the Fiery Furnaces. When Jason visited The Current's studio with Sebadoh, we had a chance to talk to him about his red Telecaster guitar -- and he enjoyed telling us about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/15/the-currents-guitar-collection-jason-loewenstein?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:15:00 -0600 'Strings Attached' celebrates music teacher Jerry Kupchynsky's 'benign dictatorship' A music teacher whose idiosyncratic approach inspired his students is now an inspiring story: 'Strings Attached' is a nonfiction account that reads like a novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/24/strings-attached-celebrates-music-teacher-jerry-kupchynsky-benign-dictatorship?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Luke Taylor, Digital Producer Luke Taylor shares his picks for top songs of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/24/top-89-staff-picks-luke-taylor-digital-producer?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Juliana Hatfield Indie singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield stopped in to The Current's studios a few weeks ago with her friend Matthew Caws as part of their collaborative project, Minor Alps. We asked Hatfield about her guitar; she told us about it and she also shares some advice for women who want to go guitar shopping. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/18/the-currents-guitar-collection-juliana-hatfield?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:15:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Brad Lambrecht Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Brad Lambrecht of Alexandria, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/17/music-teacher-feature-brad-lambrecht?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:00:00 -0600 The John Williams of Nickelodeon: Mick Cooke talks about composing for kids Mick Cooke is a busy composer for screen and stage, but he's best known as a longtime member of the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian. I spoke with Cooke about his past and present projects, including his music for the new Nickelodeon series Zack and Quack. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/11/mick-cooke-interview?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Interview: Mick Cooke (formerly) of Belle & Sebastian Mick Cooke, the erstwhile trumpet player, bassist, guitarist and arranger for Belle & Sebastian, talks about why he left the band, about his blossoming composing career and about where we can hear his music next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/11/interview-mick-cooke-formerly-of-belle-and-sebastian?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Mason Jennings When Mason Jennings stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with Jill Riley and perform a few songs, we asked him about his guitar. He told us how way he found it, who his influences are and which tuning he prefers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/04/the-currents-guitar-collection-mason-jennings?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:15:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Brad Ollmann Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Brad Ollmann of St. Anthony Park Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/03/music-teacher-feature-brad-ollmann?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 05:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Matthew Caws Matthew Caws (Nada Surf, The Minor Alps) was in The Current's studios a couple weeks ago. We asked him about his guitar, and he remembered exactly where he got it and what he immediately loved about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/the-currents-guitar-collection-matthew-caws?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:15:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Lou Barlow Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion) was in The Current's studios with Sebadoh a couple weeks ago. We asked him about how he found his guitar, and he described how it was influenced by 80s band the Neats and by a dream. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/20/the-currents-guitar-collection-lou-barlow?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:15:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Christopher Fogderud Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Christopher Fogderud of Brainerd High School in Brainerd, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/19/music-teacher-feature-christopher-fogderud?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Arsenal gain more ground at the top The weekend's game highlights: Minnesota United FC finish their season with a goal fest; MLS Cup playoffs; and lots of Premiership action including a goal by a goalkeeper, a south Wales derby and a clash of the titans in North London. And naturally, a music pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/04/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-arsenal-gain-more-ground-at-the-top?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:45:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jonathan Russell of The Head and the Heart When The Head and the Heart visited The Current for an in-studio session and an interview with Mac Wilson, the band's Jonathan Russell took some time to tell us about his guitar, including where he bought it and how he uses it in the band's songwriting process. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/30/the-currents-guitar-collection-jonathan-russell-of-the-head-and-the-heart?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:15:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: an action-packed weekend An exciting weekend that featured the Tyne and Wear derby, Portland clinch a vital spot in MLS, and Minnesota United FC mainstay Kevin Friedland plays in a glorious victory at home as he prepares to hang up his boots. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/28/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-an-actionpacked-weekend?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Till Timm of King Khan and the Shrines When King Khan and The Shrines stopped in to The Current studios for an in-studio session and an interview with Mary Lucia, the band's lead guitarist Till Timm took a few minutes after the set to talk about his vintage guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/23/the-currents-guitar-collection-till-timm-of-king-khan-and-the-shrines?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:15:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Jon Larson Classical MPR's new series, the Music Teacher Feature, highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, our featured teacher is Jon Larson, director of high school orchestras at Moorhead High School in Moorhead, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/22/music-teacher-spotlight-jon-larson?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper When Blitzen Trapper stopped in for an in-studio session at The Current, we asked front man Eric Earley about his vintage Gibson SG. Here's what he had to say. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/17/the-currents-guitar-collection-eric-earley-of-blitzen-trapper?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Black Joe Lewis The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. This week, Black Joe Lewis tells us about his custom-built, bright red guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/09/the-currents-guitar-collection-black-joe-lewis?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:00:00 -0500 A Distinguished Discography: Minnesota Orchestra recordings with Osmo V&#228;nsk&#228; As Osmo Vanska departs for the next chapter of his career, he leaves a powerful legacy of recordings with the Minnesota Orchestra. Here is a rundown of those works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/04/minnesota-orchestra-recordings-with-osmo-vanska?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Anthony Harty of The Selecter Anthony Harty is a Grammy-winning guitarist currently touring with The Selecter. When The Selecter were visiting The Current's studios, Harty spent some time to tell us about his specially designed guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/25/the-currents-guitar-collection-anthony-harty-of-the-selecter?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Another city, another story: Chicago's take on The Replacements The Replacements' final gig happened in 1991 in Chicago's Grant Park. Now reunited for RiotFest, the Replacements' first U.S. date happens in the Windy City. Ahead of the Replacements' gig in Chicago this Sunday, we talked to some Chicagoans about their memories of and thoughts about the band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/chicago-views-on-the-replacements?refid=0 Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Max Kakacek of Smith Westerns The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it. This week's guitar belongs to Max Kakacek of Smith Westerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/11/the-currents-guitar-collection-max-kakacek-of-smith-westerns?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:00:00 -0500 A Last Night First Marin Alsop 'honored to be the first woman' to conduct Last Night of the Proms. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/08/a-last-night-first?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Bryce Dessner of The National The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it. This week, we talk to Bryce Dessner of The National. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/04/the-currents-guitar-collection-bryce-dessner-of-the-national?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Cover Me Impressed: the story behind the 'Tim' album art Deborah DeStaffan of New York was the art director of the Replacements' <i>Tim</i> album. She shares insights about the artwork and about the creative community from which it emerged. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/23/cover-me-impressed-the-story-behind-the-tim-album-art?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:45:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jake Bugg The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/09/the_currents_guitar_collection_jake_bugg?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Meet the Men's Chorale of Luxembourg The 45-member choir is making its first U.S. tour, which includes stops in Winona, Minn., and in Minneapolis before heading off to Los Angeles and New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/12/meet-the-mens-chorale-of-luxembourg?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Elysium' MPR Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a new sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Diego Luna. It's directed by Neill Blomkamp ('District 9'). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/09/movie_maven_elysium?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Fringe Festival continues; Walker "tears up the lawn" Marianne Combs joins Steve and Jill to talk about the Minnesota Fringe Festival and about a Walker Art Center artist-in-residence who is all about replacing front lawns with vegetable gardens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/08/weekend_arts_roundup_fringe_haeg?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Jake Bugg performs an acoustic set live in The Current studios It was a gift from an uncle that launched singer-songwriter Jake Bugg's career. Until he was 12 years old, Bugg was only interested in playing soccer. But when an uncle presented the preteen Bugg with a guitar, Bugg "knew it was what [he] wanted to do." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/06/jake-bugg-live?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:50:43 -0500 Writing thriller novels with Beethoven Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver &#151; whose latest book, <i>The Kill Room</i>, is the next in the series featuring forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme &#151; finds story structure in symphonic music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/05/jeffery_deaver_author_beethoven_connection_simon_mayo?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:49:04 -0500 Cube Critics with Euan Kerr: 'Smurfs 2' MPR Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about 'Smurfs 2' -- and how adults won't feel deep regret if they have to see it with their kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/02/cube_critic_smurfs_2?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Minnesota Fringe Festival Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about the Minnesota Fringe Festival and how to get the most out of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/01/weekend_arts_minnesota_fringe_festival_2013?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pop-Up Art MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr (filling in for Marianne Combs) joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about art that's popping up all over: puppets in Minneapolis, dancing in St. Paul, a play in Albert Lea and cat-video voting online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/weekend_arts_barebones_dumpster_duel_ordway_dance_luverne_seifert_cat_video?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'RED 2' MPR Arts Reporter Euan Kerr reviews this action-comedy sequel starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Byung-hun Lee and Anthony Hopkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/19/movie_maven_red_2_bruce_willis?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bikes, Comics and a Road Trip Recommendation MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Bike Night (and cuttlefish) at the MIA, a comic-book retrospective at MCAD, and three reasons to consider a road trip to Winona, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/18/weekend_arts_bike_night_jaime_hernandez_winona?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'The Way, Way Back' MPR's Movie Maven, Stephanie Curtis, joins Jill Riley and Jade (filling in for Steve Seel) to review a new coming-of-age film that stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Liam James -- and features music by Duluth's Trampled by Turtles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/12/movie_maven_the_way_way_back?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Happy Beautiful Summer MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about about the first in a series of three new plays and about two outdoor dance events that are perfect for summertime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/11/weekend_arts_leslye_orr_fresh_ink_groundbreaker_battle_dances_at_the_lakes?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pride and a Pair of Plays MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Twin Cities Pride Festival and two plays: one dealing with race and class and the other taking a humorous look at post-apocalyptic potties. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/27/weekend_arts_twin_cities_pride_clybourne_park_urinetown?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'World War Z' Stephanie Curtis reviews the new zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and featuring music by Muse. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/21/movie_maven_world_war_z_brad_pitt?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Conceptual and Cool Marianne Combs talks about Bertold Brecht, Galileo, Joseph Campbell, Evel Knievel, the power of happy Tweets -- and what they all have to do with the arts this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/20/weekend_arts_rehearsing_failure_brecht_herocycle_evel_knievel_secret_city_minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Man of Steel' Stephanie Curtis reviews a summer blockbuster: the new Superman film, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/14/movie_maven_man_of_steel?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Veneer versus Veracity Marianne Combs talks about stage productions and a photography exhibit that explore the differences between what we project to the world and what's going on behind the scenes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/13/weekend_arts_gamma_rays_gremlin_red_eye_theater_mary_ellen_mark_weinstein?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Participatory Art Marianne Combs talks about Northern Spark in St. Paul and Arts on Chicago (Ave.) in Minneapolis -- two arts events where you can get involved in what's happening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/06/weekend_arts_northern_spark_arts_on_chicago?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'After Earth'; 'Stories We Tell' MPR Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the new Will Smith sci-fi film and about a new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/31/movie_maven_after_earth_will_smith_stories_we_tell_sarah_polley?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dance Concert, Play Excerpts, T-Shirt Printing Marianne Combs talks about three distinct arts events happening in the Twin Cities this weekend, ranging from dance to short plays to silk-screening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/30/weekend_arts_tu_dance_red_eye_theater_art_hounds_t-shirts?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'The Hangover Part III' MPR's Movie Maven, Stephanie Curtis, joins Jill Riley and Steve Seel to review the final installment in 'The Hangover' trilogy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/24/movie_maven_the_hangover_part_iii_cooper_helms_galifianakis?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: On the Green and On the Boards Marianne Combs talks about artist-designed mini-golf and about two new plays -- one set in Denmark, the other in a cul-de-sac. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/23/weekend_arts_mini_golf_hamlet_cul_de_sac?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Stephanie Curtis reviews the new Star Trek film, directed by JJ Abrams. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/17/movie_maven_star_trek_into_darkness?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Galleries Galore Marianne Combs talks about arts events happening at galleries all over Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/16/weekend_arts_art-a-whirl_hottea_bad_art?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'The Great Gatsby' Stephanie Curtis reviews director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's signature work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/10/movie_maven_the_great_gatsby?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Drama Club Marianne Combs talks about three new stage productions in Minneapolis -- including one at the Guthrie Theater, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/09/weekend_arts_drama_club_an_iliad_guthrie_james_beard_tesla_nimbus?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Stephanie Curtis reviews a new film from director Mira Nair ('Monsoon Wedding', 'The Namesake') and also talks about 'Iron Man 3'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/03/movie_maven_reluctant_fundamentalist?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Friday, Saturday, Sunday Marianne Combs talks about an arts event for each day of this upcoming weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/weekend_arts_moving_company_cinco_de_mayo_heart_of_beast_mayday?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Blancanieves' Stephanie Curtis reviews a silent-film retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/26/movie_maven_blancanieves?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bring on Spring Marianne Combs talks about three arts happenings that celebrate our long-awaited springtime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/25/weekend_arts_art_in_bloom_art_crawl_interact_theater?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Oblivion' Stephanie Curtis reviews a new sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/move_maven_oblivion_tom_cruise?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Fish and Fatherhood Marianne Combs talks about three innovative shows taking the stage this weekend -- with themes piscine or paternal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/18/weekend_arts_roundup_nice_fish_niiccugni_word_becomes_flesh?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 The cellist on the bestseller list Edward Kelsey Moore, author of 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat,' talks about music, writing and a story shaped by sonata. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/10/edward_kelsey_moore_supremes_author_profile?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:00:00 -0500 Movie Maven: Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Stephanie Curtis talks about a number of films screening at MSPIFF, including the Italian film, 'Caesar Must Die'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/12/movie_maven_mspiff_caesar_must_die?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:35:00 -0500 Movie Maven: A film review and a tribute to Roger Ebert Stephanie Curtis, Steve Seel and Jill Riley reflect on the life and career of Roger Ebert, and Stephanie reviews Federico Alvarez's reboot of Sam Raimi's classic 1981 horror film. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/05/movie_maven_federico_alvarez_roger_ebert?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pedals, Posters, Pen Pals and Pondering Perdition Marianne Combs talks about Artcrank and two new plays opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/04/weekend_arts_artcrank_bowler_letters_duty_misterman?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'From Up on Poppy Hill' Stephanie Curtis reviews this new Japanese anime film from director Goro Miyazaki. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/movie_maven_miyazaki_from_up_on_poppy_hill?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:35:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bain Boehlke; Shapiro and Smith; Pride and Prejudice Marianne Combs describes three very different types of stage performances happening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/weekend_arts_death_trap_shapiro_and_smith_scrimshaw_obsessed?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:40:00 -0500 The Current Presents: Blues Highway Revisited Blues Highway Revisited features music from such artists as Gary Clark Jr., Muddy Waters and Lightnin' Hopkins. Local musicians share their thoughts on the blues, and Southampton, England, band the Dodge Brothers talk about recording at Sun Studio and share two tracks off their forthcoming album -- a U.S. radio premiere. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/22/blues_highway_revisited_mcclenney_scheiber_dodge_brothers_sun_studio?refid=0 Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'On the Road' This week, MPR News Arts Reporter (and Cube Critic) Euan Kerr reviews the new film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/22/movie_maven_on_the_road_salles_hedlund_stewart_kerouac?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:40:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Blurring the Lines Marianne Combs talks about three arts happenings that blur the boundaries in various ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/21/weekend_arts_roundup_truthiness_jackie_and_me_ragmala?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:16:24 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Stoker' Park Chan-wook directs this Gothic horror film http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/15/movie_maven_stoker?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:09:31 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Beating the Odds Three great stories about overcoming the odds are behind three new shows opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/14/weekend_arts_penumbra_pao_houa_her_hmong_bollywood?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:19:54 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Dead Man Down' MPR's Movie Maven, Stephanie Curtis, reviews 'Dead Man Down', a new film set in the New York underworld that stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/movie_maven_dead_man_down?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 08:25:16 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: 'Yellow Fever', Women's Poetry Slam and an artistic exploration of the N-word 'Yellow Fever' opens at the Guthrie, Minneapolis hosts the Women of the World Poetry Slam and Sh&#225; Cage leads an artistic exploration of a provocative word http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/weekend_arts_yellow_fever_poetry_slam_n-word?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:26:12 -0600 Movie Maven: 'The Gatekeepers'; Kids Film Festival Oscar-nominated documentary 'The Gatekeepers' explores the Israeli secret service; a Kids Film Festival at Walker Art Center http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/01/movie_maven_gatekeepers_walker_kids_film_fest?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 09:23:59 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Beyond Ballroom Dance Company, a play set in reality TV, and 'How to Swear Like a Minnesotan' Beyond Ballroom Dance Company celebrates its tenth anniversary; a reality-TV set is turned upside down by 'Six Characters in Search of an Author'; and Joseph Scrimshaw explores 'How to Swear Like a Minnesotan' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/28/beyond_ballroom_gremlin_thtr_swear_minnesotan?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:30:12 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: ice instruments and local poetry This weekend features a poetry reading from local poets Mike Finley and Danny Klecko, while Norwegian musician Terje Isungset searches the area's frozen lakes for the right ice to make his instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/21/weekend_arts_ice_instruments_poetry_finley_klecko?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:47:03 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Walking and Singing, Hip Hop and Greek tragedy, 'The Honeymooners' revisited This weekend brings a dance and theater production that takes a fresh look at everyday life, a mash-up of hip hop and Greek tragedy, and an innovative re-imagining of a classic TV show http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/14/weekend_arts_stuart_pimsler_the_seven_to_the_moon?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:40:54 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Red Riding Hood, Headless Horseman and animated underpants This weekend brings a film festival of Minnesota-made animation, a staging of the Gothic 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and a re-imagining of 'Little Red Riding Hood.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/07/weekend_arts_sleepy_hollow_red_riding_hood_minnanimate?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:23:30 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: a theater-rich weekend Three new stage productions open this weekend in Minneapolis and St. Paul http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/31/weekend_arts_theater_walker_jungle_dreamland?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:41:05 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Art sleds, play premiere, choir concert This week, MPR News Arts Editor Marianne Combs talks to The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about an art sled rally, a world premiere of a play and a choir's silver anniversary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/24/weekend-arts-powderhorn-sled?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Video-game music advances to next level Popularity of Top Score inspires Classical MPR's on-air playlist this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/14/videogame-music-advances-to-next-level?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' turns 30 Thirty years after its release, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' continues to fascinate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/30/michael-jackson-thriller-turns-30?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Citizen Mark: DJ Mark Wheat reflects on becoming a U.S. citizen On Thursday, Sept. 6, The Current's Mark Wheat became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He recently sat down to share his thoughts about his decision and about his experience of becoming an American. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/06/citizen-mark?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Kicking it Copper-Street Style The Copper Street Brass Quintet bring a bold approach to their new album and to the State Fair http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/24/kicking-it-copperstreet-style?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Capturing the Castle Meet John Lunn, composer for TV's "Downton Abbey" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/09/capturing-the-castle?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Forging a musical friendship Norway-based composer Andrew Smith enjoys a rewarding partnership with New York Polyphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/06/forging-a-musical-friendship?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 12:38:38 -0600 Gratitude Attitude John Birge's Thanksgiving program about fall, food and gratitude is touching more people than ever. Hear "Giving Thanks" on Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m. and again at 8 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/15/gratitude-attitude?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Sung by a Choir New York Polyphony bring their distinct vocal sound to Minnesota for a Christmas concert on Dec. 9 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/10/new-york-polyphony?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Facing the Music Why John Birge is grateful for "falling into" being a host of classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/07/facing-the-music?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Much More Than Dinner Music Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse first heard violinist Chad Hoopes as accompaniment to dessert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/13/much-more-than-dinner-music?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Game Show The new podcast from Classical MPR, Top Score, explores and celebrates the classical music composed for video games. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/01/game-show?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:33:42 -0500