Minnesota Public Radio features by Jay Gabler http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31265 en-us Copyright 2015 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:22:08 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jay Gabler http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Minnesota Fringe Festival 2015: Five musicals not to miss This year's Minnesota Fringe Festival opens on July 30, and as always, there are many musicals in the mix. From Gilbert & Sullivan to an all-female opera, here are five great picks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/29/minnesota-fringe-festival-musicals?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:40:00 -0500 50 years since Bob Dylan went electric at Newport: Why it mattered, and still does 50 years ago Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival carrying an electric guitar. He probably guessed he was about to create a minor ruckus&#8212;but he couldn't have known that he was actually creating one of the most iconic moments in rock history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/22/50th-anniversary-of-bob-dylan-going-electric-giveaway?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:15:00 -0500 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice': The genesis of 'Fantasia' As we continue our 75th anniversary celebration of Disney's classic "Fantasia," Jay Gabler tells the story of how the iconic "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment came to be. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/15/fantasia-sorcerers-apprentice?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 -0500 Ennio Morricone to return to the wild west with Tarantino score Ennio Morricone, one of the most famous composers of music for Westerns, will return to the genre for the first time in over 40 years - with a score for a Quentin Tarantino film. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/13/ennio-morricone-quentin-tarantino?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:30:00 -0500 Bastards of young: Replacements lullaby album soothes lil rockers to sleep The "Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star" series of rock-based lullabies has added a new volume, featuring alt rock heroes the Replacements. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/10/replacements-lullabies?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:45:00 -0500 James Horner, Oscar-winning film composer, dies in plane crash at age 61 James Horner, a prolific and acclaimed film composer, died when a small plane he was piloting crashed in California. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/23/james-horner-plane-crash?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 06:41:00 -0500 'Back in Time': New box set celebrates 1985's movie music '80s kid Jay Gabler takes a listen to a six-CD set featuring the music of "Back to the Future," "The Goonies," "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," and many more movies from 1985. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/22/back-in-time-1985-at-the-movies-review?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Christopher Lee dies at 93 The British actor appeared in some of the most acclaimed - and some of the least acclaimed - fantasy films of all time. He also had an idiosyncratic music career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/11/christopher-lee-dies-93?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:20:00 -0500 Al Church performs in The Current studio Al Church stopped by The Current to chat with David Campbell and play a few songs from his new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/08/al-church-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Wise Blood: 'Opera exhibition' at the Soap Factory is a stunner Anthony Gatto's world-premiere opera based on Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel unfolds in an immersive set created by artist Chris Larson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/05/wise-blood-soap-factory?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Naxos founder Klaus Heymann on music, streaming, and the vinyl fad In a long interview, Naxos founder Klaus Heymann discusses a wide range of subjects including his label's history, their CDs' iconic white cover design, the status of classical music today, and the "nostalgia" craze for vinyl. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/28/naxos-klaus-heymann-interview?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500 Angelo Badalamenti to return as 'Twin Peaks' composer "Twin Peaks" fans will be relieved to know that Angelo Badalamenti, who created the signature music for the 1990-91 series, will return for the series' forthcoming return. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/28/angelo-badalamenti-twin-peaks?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 11:40:00 -0500 Is the era of the celebrity maestro ending? With the Berlin Philharmonic saying they'll take as long as another year to choose their new chief conductor, The New Yorker's Alex Ross asks a "heretical" question: does it even matter who gets the job? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/15/berlin-philharmonic?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 14:40:00 -0500 Perfect wedding music from every era From Gabrieli to Perri, here are some tried and trusted pieces of wedding music spanning the last five hundred years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/08/wedding-music-from-every-era?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 10:30:00 -0500 What's the slowest classical music ever? Our staff list some of the slowest musical compositions of all time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/06/slowest-classical-music-ever?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0500 The top ten tidbits in Philip Glass's 'Words Without Music' There's a lot of information in Philip Glass's long-awaited memoir 'Words Without Music.' Here are ten notable passages. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/15/philip-glass-words-without-music-memoir?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Soloing with Stevie Wonder: Violinist Jill Olson Moser talks about improvising at Target Center During Stevie Wonder's recent concert at Target Center, he asked whether any members of his Minnesota string section wanted to take a solo. Violinist Jill Olson Moser raised her bow. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/06/jill-olson-moser-stevie-wonder-interview?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0500 'Interstellar' soundtrack to be released on vinyl The double LP will have a beautiful gatefold sleeve. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/02/interstellar-soundtrack-vinyl-release?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:50:00 -0500 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 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:25:00 -0500 How Disney turned Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' into a ballet of the seasons As we continue to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Disney's classic "Fantasia," Jay Gabler explores one of the most beautiful animated sequences ever created: the nature scene set to the music of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/30/fantasia-nutcracker?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Lynne Warfel: From the silver screen to the Silver City For our Member Appreciation Week, I asked our host Lynne Warfel to share the story of how she got her start in radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/27/lynne-warfel?refid=0 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Naxos responds to criticism of Pandora deal Jeff Von Driel, CEO for Naxos of America, has issued a statement in response to questions raised about a recent deal struck between his label and the streaming service Pandora. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/27/naxos-pandora-statement?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:30:00 -0500 Hunting for Prince's Vault A BBC reporter comes to Minnesota in search of Prince's storied vault of unreleased recordings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/26/prince-vault-paisley-park?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0500 Emily Reese: Living her dream of talking about music for a living Get to know our host Emily Reese, who talks about her journey from a childhood in Iowa and college in Colorado to a job where she gets to do what she loves: talk about music all day long. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/26/emily-reese?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500 'Jeux' people play: Classical music inspired by sports When it comes to classical music inspired by sports, Debussy's famous "Jeux" is only the crack of the bat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/25/classical-music-inspired-sport?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Macy's Flower Show: Classical music is part of the mix Despite the snow, the surest sign of spring has arrived: the brightly-blooming Macy's Flower Show in downtown Minneapolis. It's not just a sight to behold and a scent to whiff, though: it's suffused with classical music as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/23/macys-flower-show-music?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra's 'Carousel' is all about the music The semi-staged production now being presented by the Minnesota Orchestra under the confident baton of Sarah Hicks does the orchestra the service of lifting them out of the pit. The audience gets the treat of hearing and seeing the players at center stage, where the details of Rogers's brilliant score come to life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/19/carousel-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Should classical musicians worry about the 'Blurred Lines' verdict? According to at least one experienced critic, classical musicians may have even more at stake in the legal battle over a 2013 hit song than pop musicians do. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/16/blurred-lines-classical-music?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Soloists who slalom: Which classical musicians are the best athletes? Just because you can make your strings sing, that doesn't mean you can't also be an all-star athlete. Here are some classical musicians who prove exactly that. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/12/athletic-classical-musicians?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Review: Minnesota Opera's 'Manchurian Candidate' is a winner In the world premiere of Kevin Puts's new Cold War thriller, all that's missing is the popcorn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/08/minnesota-opera-manchurian-candidate-review?refid=0 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 09:55:00 -0500 Who were the most athletic composers? Being skilled on the stave doesn't necessarily mean being clumsy on the pitch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/06/athletic-composer?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:40:00 -0600 Bach's Toccata and Fugue: The 'Fantasia' opener that drove Disney to abstraction With the "Toccata and Fugue" animation, Walt Disney planted a stake. "We have worlds to conquer here," Disney explained in discussing this segment, a masterpiece of abstract animation unlike anything else in his oeuvre. "We've got more in this medium than making people laugh." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/27/bach-toccata-fugue-fantasia?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:00:00 -0600 Disney's 'Fantasia' at 75: Why there's still nothing like it In the first of a monthly series of posts commemorating the anniversary of 'Fantasia,' we'll look at the bold conception and rocky launch of what many still consider Disney's greatest masterpiece. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/30/disney-fantasia-75?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:00:00 -0600 String quartets play wedding songs: Would you walk down the aisle to these pop melodies? String quartets - and other chamber groups - are often hired to play at weddings. There are plenty of selections from the classical repertoire appropriate to fill a ceremony, but many couples also like to include chamber arrangements of pop songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/31/wedding-processional-songs-string-quartet?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 11:00:00 -0600 Which Nutcracker recording is for you? Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker has always been one of my favorite pieces of classical music, and come December, I'm ready to listen to the best recording of the 1892 ballet. Wait...which recording is that? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/10/best-nutcracker-recordings?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0600 My first St. Olaf Christmas Festival Friday's excursion to Northfield was, for me, an entry to a new world: a world of those Lutheran traditions that I'd heard Garrison Keillor talk about but I'd rarely experienced firsthand. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/09/first-st-olaf-christmas-festival?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:00:00 -0600 Stephen Paulus nominated for Grammy Award Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, who died this year at the age of 65, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Classical Composition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/05/stephen-paulus-grammy-nomination?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:56:00 -0600 James Galway's legacy: Crossover isn't a four-letter word Though the idea of a career straddling classical and popular music is as old as classical music itself, James Galway blazed the trail for crossover artists in the album-based, media-saturated music industry of the late 20th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/02/james-galway-man-golden-flute?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:30:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jay Gabler, digital producer Jay Gabler shares his top 10 albums and top 10 songs of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-jay-gabler?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0600 Fantasia at 75: Classic film comes alive at Orchestra Hall Celebrating its 75th anniversary next year, Disney's Fantasia holds a unique place in 20th century film. One of the pinnacles of pre-digital animation, Fantasia is also one of the most satisfying intersections of classical music and popular culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/fantasia-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 09:38:00 -0600 Fiddler Aria Stiles: From Apple Valley to Nashville, via Minnesota Varsity Apple Valley native Aria Stiles, a violinist, has traveled far and fast in the music world: at 20, she's a regular member of Pam Tillis's touring band as well as a full-time student at Nashville's Belmont University. As if that wasn't enough evidence that she's been embraced by the capital of country music, she's also the current Miss Music City, in line to compete for the title of Miss Tennessee. Before she hit the big time, though, Stiles participated in Minnesota Varsity. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/11/fiddler-aria-stiles-from-apple-valley-to-nashville-via-minnesota-varsity/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:52:00 -0600 Black Label Movement and Bakken Trio give life to John Adams's Alleged Dances An audience at MacPhail got a sneak preview of Carl Flink's new dance set to the music of John Adams, performed by a live string quartet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/17/bakken-trio-black-label-movement-johns-book-alleged-dances?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:00 -0600 Why does pianist Dejan Lazic want to be forgotten? Citing a recent European Union ruling, pianist Dejan Lazic has asked that a negative review be unpublished. The Washington Post says no way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/04/dejan-lazic-right-forgotten?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0600 Theater Latte Da's Master Class: Eight things to expect Theater Latte Da is presenting Terrence McNally's Master Class at MacPhail Center for the Arts' Antonello Hall. If you're considering attending this play about the later years of legendary soprano Maria Callas, here are eight things to expect. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/10/master-class-theatre-latte-da?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Album(s) Review: Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL, 'ART OFFICIAL AGE' and 'PLECTRUM ELECTRUM' Last week saw the U.S. release of Prince's new albums ART OFFICIAL AGE and, with his band 3RDEYEGIRL, PLECTRUMELECTRUM. Even for an artist who's put out plenty of albums in his three-and-a-half decade career, these releases stand out. Jay Gabler provides a track-by-track guide to the albums. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/09/the-new-prince-albums-a-track-by-track-guide/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Violinist Francesca Anderegg follows her passion from Juilliard to St. Olaf There was a moment in grad school, said Anderegg, where she realized her life was at a crossroads - that she was about to begin a life as a professional musician and music teacher. She asked herself, she said, "Is this what I want to do?" The answer: yes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/03/francesca-anderegg-violin-st-olaf?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:55:00 -0500 Christopher Hogwood dies at 73 Conductor and harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood has died at the age of 73 following a prolonged illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/24/christopher-hogwood-died?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:19:00 -0500 What's the best classical music to listen to in the fall? As the leaves change and the sweaters come out, what classical music will suit the season? Here are a few selections. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/23/classical-music-for-fall-autumn?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500 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 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