Minnesota Public Radio features by Jay Gabler http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31265 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:41:24 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jay Gabler http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Sarah Charness goes from chamber recitals to fashion runways, hot pink electric violin in hand Sarah Charness is using her classical training to rock fashion shows and sports stadiums with a signature pink electric violin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/17/sarah-charness-pink-violin-interview?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0500 Strumply Peter: Open Eye Figure Theatre creates a toy opera about a very bad boy Early on, two children are ground into dough that's put into an oven to bake into a cake; at the end of the show, that cake is fed back to alternate-universe versions of those children. Probably don't bring your kindergarteners. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/12/strumply-peter-open-eye-figure-theatre?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Four pieces of classical music to power-up your day Does your day need a power-up? Choose one of these four classical compositions to play in your earbuds: within an hour, you'll be raring and ready to face whatever life throws at you. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/29/classical-music-charge-up-your-day?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Composer Mohammed Fairouz blends Hebrew and Arabic in "Poems and Prayers" Just 28 years old, Mohammed Fairouz is an acclaimed and widely-performed composer. Having been raised as a world traveller, Fairouz - in the words of his official biography - "integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/08/mohammed-fairouz-interview?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Photos: Target Field gets ready for Paul McCartney Getting Target Field ready for Paul McCartney's Saturday concert has been a multi-day process--building a giant stage in the outfield is just one of many steps being taken to welcome thousands of music fans to the home field of the Minnesota Twins. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/07/photos-target-field-gets-ready-for-paul-mccartney/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:41:29 -0500 Musical theater at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival: Ten shows not to miss Among the 169 shows being featured in this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival are dozens of musicals. Here are ten to put at the top of your list. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/29/musical-theater-minnesota-fringe-festival?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Julian Gregory to join King's Singers, as Benedict Hymas withdraws In a bittersweet announcement, the King's Singers have announced that Julian Gregory will be joining their ranks as tenor; Benedict Hymas, the previously-announced replacement for departing Paul Phoenix, has withdrawn from the position for personal reasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/18/julian-gregory-kings-singers?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:47:00 -0500 Bob Dylan acetate trove unearthed in Greenwich Village In a remarkable discovery related to one of Minnesota's greatest musicians, California record collector Jeff Gold--a former Warner Bros. executive who now runs a music memorabilia business called Recordmecca--has purchased a previously unknown trove of 149 acetate records pressed during the making of Bob Dylan's albums Nashville Skyline (1969), Self Portrait (1970), and New Morning (1970). http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/07/bob-dylan-acetate-trove-unearthed-in-greenwich-village/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:37:06 -0500 LIVE VIDEO: Metro Transit's Green Line is here! After years of planning and construction, the Twin Cities are finally ready to welcome Metro Transit's Green Line, providing direct light rail service between the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Here at Classical MPR, we're proud that the line rolls right past our doorstep. Here's a bird's-eye view of the line, as seen from the fourth floor of Minnesota Public Radio's St. Paul studios. Watch the trains go! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/13/metro-transit-green-line-live-video?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:45:00 -0500 Here's how Target Center could look after renovations This afternoon, a Minneapolis City Council panel approved the hiring of Sink Combs Dethlefs to renovate Target Center, a $97 million project to be co-funded by the City of Minneapolis ($48.5 million), the Timberwolves and the Lynx ($43 million), and AEG ($5.5 million). It will be a welcome facelift for a venue famously described by Martin Devaney as looking like "a Cosby sweater." http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/05/heres-how-target-center-could-look-after-renovations/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 16:15:35 -0500 Two Harbors perform in the Current's studios Two Harbors, already a successful and acclaimed local rock outfit, are taking their sound to the next level with their new album The Natural Order of Things, just released on Record Store Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/09/two-harbors-in-studio?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 16:05:00 -0500 Sonny Knight and the Lakers perform live in the Current studios This world isn't fair, but every once in a while, good things happen to good people - and that's definitely the case with Sonny Knight, the Minnesota soul music veteran who's reaching a new career peak in his mid-60s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/02/sonny-knight-lakers-live-studios?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 14:30:00 -0500 MaLLy performs in the Current studios For the past several years, MaLLy has been one of Minnesota's busiest and best MCs. His new album "The Colors of Black," produced by Last Word - MaLLy's longtime concert DJ - is an ambitious effort featuring wide-ranging lyrical reflections on the artist's life and times, and has already attracted national attention from the likes of Chuck D. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/22/mally-in-studio?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:09:00 -0500 New book raises question: Is Handel's "Messiah" anti-Judaic? "Writing this book was not fun," says Michael Marissen at the end of the introduction to his new book, "Tainted Glory in Handel's 'Messiah'" (Yale University Press). Marissen is referring both to the arduous historical research the volume required and to the fact that being its author puts him in the role of splashing cold water on the world's adoration for one of the most popular musical works of all time: Handel's towering oratorio on the life of Christ. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/22/is-handel-messiah-anti-judaic?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:40:00 -0500 Prince returns to Warner Bros., promises new music In a press release, Warner Bros. describes its new deal with Prince as "an exclusive global licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the nineties." A detail that's likely crucial for the artist is that he'll take ownership of the master recordings of his previous Warner Bros. releases, giving him more control over how that music will be used and released in the future. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/04/prince-makes-friends-with-warner-bros-promises-new-music/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:01:59 -0500 GRRRL PRTY Perform in The Current Studios People tend to think of GRRRL PRTY as a party band--which is understandable, they acknowledge, given that they do have "PRTY" in their name--but there are dark dimensions beneath the group's bouncy beats. They don't have much music available to hear on your headphones, but this week they helped to bridge that gap with a fiery performance in the Current's studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/09/grrrl-prty-live?refid=0 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Arcade Fire live at the Target Center in Minneapolis Given a whole arena to play with, Arcade Fire gave their fans an experience quite unlike the typical Target Center show, and not just because of the ironic references to the venue's name. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/09/arcade-fire-live-target-center-minneapolis-march-8?refid=0 Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:00:00 -0600 Frankie Teardrop performs in The Current's studio Frankie Teardrop is the mystery man of local rock 'n' roll -- not least because the Minneapolis musician's biggest single is called "Chicago" -- and his interview with the Current's Dave Campbell didn't do much to lift the veil that hides a man who says he wasn't born from any mother, he just &quot;crawled out of a sewer pipe.&quot; http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/02/frankie-teardrop?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Reasons to be excited about the future of classical music Classical music is a living art, always changing and growing. We asked classical musicians and fans from across the country - including some from our staff - to tell us why they're excited about the future of classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/28/future-classical-music?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:00:00 -0600 Maria Schneider on her fan-funded, Grammy-winning "Winter Morning Walks" Classical MPR's music library has thousands of CDs, organized by label: rows of Deutsche Grammophon, shelves of Harmonia Mundi, piles of Philips. Among all this music there's only one disc filed under "ArtistShare" - but it's one very fine disc. It's Winter Morning Walks, the Grammy-winning result of a collaboration between composer Maria Schneider, soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/07/maria-schneider-winter-morning-walks-interview?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0600 Gergiev at Sochi: A controversial conductor in the long shadow of history The XXII Olympic Winter Games will proceed with all the typical drama and pageantry. They'll also, however, be among the most politically charged Olympics in recent memory - and classical musicians, as part of the opening ceremony, will be right in the middle of the controversy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/04/sochi-winter-olympics-classical-music-gergiev-politics?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:00:00 -0600 Daedalus Quartet to play the music of composers persecuted by Nazi regime The Daedalus Quartet is playing in St. Cloud this Saturday. The program is unusual: works by mid-twentieth century composers who were ostracized by, oppressed by, or even killed by the Nazi regime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/31/daedalus-string-quartet-nazi-regime?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:00:00 -0600 Prince sues 22 fans for $1M each over bootlegs Prince has always been extremely protective of his copyrights, and the Minnesota megastar has just lobbed a lawsuit at 22 fans for "massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material." http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/01/prince-sues-22-fans-1-million-each-for-sharing-bootleg-recordings/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:26:33 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra lockout: What have we learned? After 15 long months, the lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians has ended. We asked some of our staff here at Classical Minnesota Public Radio to share their thoughts: What have we learned? What's the takeaway? Are there lessons for the future? What are the next steps? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/15/minnesota-orchestra-lockout-what-have-we-learned?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:35:00 -0600 Infographic: How long have orchestra labor disputes lasted? It's been widely noted that the Minnesota Orchestra's 15-month lockout was the longest in American orchestral history &#8212; but by how wide a margin? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/15/orchestra-labor-disputes-infographic?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:45:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra lockout ends: Twitter reacts As news broke on January 14 that the 15-month lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians had ended, music lovers around the world took to Twitter to share their reactions. Here's a selection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/15/minnesota-orchestra-lockout-ends-twitter-reacts?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 -0600 Handel's "Messiah": FAQ As we prepare to broadcast the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance of Handel's "Messiah" (December 31, 10:00 a.m.), we answer a few questions you might have about this perennially popular masterwork. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/30/handel-messiah-faq?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 "Folk piano" by way of John Cage: George Winston defies musical stereotypes George Winston has described his best-known music as "rural folk piano." That always struck me as odd, since a Steinway grand is not a rural folk instrument; when pianos do crop up in rural folk settings, it's fairly rare that they're used to play spacious and urbane original compositions influenced by minimalism and jazz. So why "folk"? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/23/george-winston-review?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Mindy Ratner, Classical MPR's voice of Christmas Day for 30 years "I've always worked Christmas," says Mindy. "I think I should! It's not my holiday, but I know it's so important to so many people." After 30 years, she says, "I hope a have a few more Christmases in me. I'm not ready to hang up my headphones quite yet." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/13/mindy-ratner-christmas?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0600 What does "holiday music" mean for a classical radio station? While pop music stations roll out the "Rudolph" and cue up the Carey, the definition of "holiday music" in the classical world is a bit more complex. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/13/classical-holiday-music?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Classical music BFFs: What composers were the best buddies? Friendships have helped to sustain and inspire composers for centuries. Who among repertoire composers were the best BFFs? Here are three pairs that might qualify. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/12/composer-friends?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Nelson Mandela and classical music: "A great blessing" As the world fondly remembers and pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, we're thinking about some of the music that the great South African leader loved. "Music is a great blessing," said Mandela. "It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/11/nelson-mandela-classical-music?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:45:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jay Gabler, Digital Producer Jay Gabler shares his top albums and songs of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/10/top-89-staff-picks-jay-gabler?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:52:22 -0600 What composer are you? Find your personality type match Of course, we don't know the actual personality types of most composers in the repertoire &#8212; but it's fun to speculate! Take a look at our chart and see what composer we imagine might line up with your personality type. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/10/composers-personality-type?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:25:00 -0600 What composer are you? Find your personality type match Of course, we don't know the actual personality types of most composers in the repertoire &#8212; but it's fun to speculate! Take a look at our chart and see what composer we imagine might line up with your personality type. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/10/composers-personality-type?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:25:00 -0600 Osmo Vanska to return for re-opening of Northrop Auditorium A recreation of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra's first-ever performance at Northrop Auditorium &#8212; climaxing with the 1812 Overture &#8212; will be performed by the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of returning conductor Osmo Vanska on May 2, 2014 at the newly renovated Northrop, the University of Minnesota announced on Thursday at a press conference focused on the campus landmark's coming rebirth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/22/osmo-vanska-minnesota-orchestra-northrop-auditorium?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:35:00 -0600 Classical music wasn't JFK's favorite, but composers loved him anyway As we mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, many classical music listeners are revisiting the haunting audio of Erich Leinsdorf announcing the news of the president's death to an audience at Symphony Hall in Boston. In the years since that terrible day, number of classical composers have written musical tributes to Kennedy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/15/classical-music-john-f-kennedy-jfk?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Awards other Twin Cities music venues' restrooms should win Here are a few suggestions as to other local music venues that deserve to have their restrooms recognized. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/11/awards-other-twin-cities-music-venues-bathrooms-should-win/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:02:36 -0600 Music inspired by "the Great War" As we acknowledge Veteran's Day and prepare to rebroadcast a moving St. Olaf performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (November 14, 8:00 p.m.), we're looking at the many ways composers were touched by the conflagration that was known as "the Great War" before being eclipsed just a few decades later by a conflict that was even more terrible. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/07/music-inspired-world-war-one?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:00:00 -0600 11 things you might not know about the Minnesota Orchestra's 110-year history The Minnesota Orchestra's first performance took place on November 5, 1903. Here are 11 things you might not know about the orchestra &#151; one for each of the orchestra's 11 decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/04/minnesota-orchestra-100-years?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Review: L.A. Philharmonic premieres Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' When the evening started with the entire Los Angeles Philharmonic doing the wave, Classical MPR's Jay Gabler knew that October 23 wasn't going to be an ordinary night at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Read his review of the LA Phil's premiere of Frank Zappa's <i>200 Motels</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/24/review-la-philharmonic-premieres-frank-zappas-200-motels?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 What is Classical Music? Jay Gabler, the newest member of the Classical MPR team, writes about how classical music became "classical music" and explains how he'll be helping to expand our coverage of this living tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/15/what-is-classical-music?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:30:00 -0500