Minnesota Public Radio features by Jay Gabler http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31265 en-us Copyright 2017 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:28:58 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jay Gabler http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Music News: 'Purple Rain' umbrellas from Minnesota Twins' Prince night going for $150 on eBay Today's top music news stories include high resale prices for Prince umbrellas, a CHVRCHES guest appearance with Paramore, and chart developments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/26/prince-umbrellas-minnesota-twins?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:53:00 -0500 Music News: Michelle Obama honors Chance the Rapper at BET Awards Today's top music news stories include Chance the Rapper receiving the BET Humanitarian Award, disputes over Prince's Vault, and a Prince-inspired song being pulled from the upcoming Chic album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/25/michelle-obama-honors-chance-rapper?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:42:00 -0500 Music News: Electric guitar sales plummet Today's top music news stories include plummeting electric guitar sales; the reunion of Eric B. and Rakim; and Chance the Rapper apologizing to Dr. Dre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/22/electric-guitar-sales-plummet?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:31:00 -0500 Music News: Owl City's 'Fireflies' becomes internet meme Today's top music news stories include 'Fireflies' becoming a meme, an all-star Grenfell Tower charity single, and Twyla Tharp creating a dance to the music of Bob Dylan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/21/owl-city-fireflies-meme?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:43:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: William McKeen's 'Everybody Had an Ocean' William McKeen's 'Everybody Had an Ocean' promises to tell the story of 'music and mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles,' and while it delivers much more music than mayhem, it's still a great read. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/20/everybody-had-ocean-william-mckeen?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: Mobb Deep's Prodigy dies at 42 Today's top music news stories include the death of Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy, a new satellite location for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and an album announcement from Foo Fighters. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/20/prodigy-mobb-deep?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:08:00 -0500 Music News: U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Prince 'dancing baby' case Today's top music news stories include two music-related U.S. Supreme Court cases and the return of JAY-Z's hyphen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/19/prince-dancing-baby-supreme-court?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:41:00 -0500 Music News: Controversial Tupac Shakur biopic does big box office on opening weekend Today's top music news stories include the opening of a Tupac Shakur biopic and Jimi Hendrix park. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/18/all-eyez-on-me-movie?refid=0 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:17:00 -0500 Music News: Jay Z becomes first rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame Today's top music news stories include Jay Z becoming the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Yoko Ono earning songwriting credit for 'Imagine,' and England honoring David Bowie's legacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/15/jay-z-songwriters-hall-fame?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:30:00 -0500 Enter for a chance to win tickets to 'Purple Rain' at Paisley Park Paisley Park is presenting a screening of Prince's iconic movie 'Purple Rain' on June 23. Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/15/win-purple-rain-paisley-park?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:21:00 -0500 Music News: Fillmore music theater planned near Target Field Today's top music news stories include new details about a planned music venue near Target Field, the death of a famous music muse, and Ariana Grande becoming Manchester's first-ever honorary citizen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/14/target-field-fillmore?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:40:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: David Weigel's 'The Show That Never Ends' In his new book 'The Show That Never Ends,' David Weigel tells a detailed history of one of pop music's most divisive sub-genres: prog rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/13/show-that-never-ends-david-weigel?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: Did Bob Dylan crib his Nobel speech from SparkNotes? Today's top music news stories include resemblances between Bob Dylan's Nobel speech and SparkNotes; the return of PWR BTTM; and a 'Tonight Show' tribute to Chuck Berry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/13/bob-dylan-nobel-sparknotes?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:31:00 -0500 Music News: Beck to open for U2 at U.S. Bank Stadium Today's top music news stories include Beck being named as a U2 opener, the founding of a new charitable foundation in Prince's honor, and a street being named for Aretha Franklin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/11/beck-opens-for-u2?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:07:00 -0500 Music News: Minnesota lightning forms Love Symbol on Prince's birthday Today's top music news stories include Prince lightning, SXSW staying in Austin, and Radiohead not caring about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/08/prince-lightning?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:02:00 -0500 Music News: Chicago gets Muddy Waters mural by Minneapolis Dylan mural artist Today's top music news stories include a new Muddy Waters mural in Chicago, the pianist who played for Bob Dylan's Nobel speech coming forward, and a historic designation for the Woodstock Music and Art Festival site. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/07/muddy-waters-chicago-mural?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:36:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: Ben Greenman's book about Prince In 'Dig If You Will the Picture,' rock critic Ben Greenman writes about various aspects of Prince's life and work: God. Sex. Music. Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/06/ben-greenman-dig-if-you-will-the-picture?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: Original 'Saturday Night Fever' dance floor goes up for auction Today's top music news stories include a couple of iconic items going up for auction, word of a new Cyndi Lauper musical, and a typically eye-popping video from Bjork. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/06/saturday-night-fever-dance-floor-auction?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:34:00 -0500 Music News: SpongeBob SquarePants musical moves to Broadway Today's top music news stories include a SpongeBob SquarePants musical, Roger Waters commenting on the Radiohead in Israel controversy, and criminal charges in the Oakland warehouse show fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/05/spongebob-squarepants-musical?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:19:00 -0500 'You have to open it up': How Minnesota Opera reaches new audiences Understanding young audiences is key to engaging them, say Minnesota Opera staff - but, they add, connecting their art form with new audiences doesn't just mean catering to millennials. Only a small fraction of all Americans attend opera in any given year, so there's room for growth across all demographics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/05/minnesota-opera-new-audiences?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:30:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra brings Strauss down to earth with 'Also sprach Zarathustra' The Minnesota Orchestra is presenting a program that combines Richard Strauss's 'Also sprach Zarathustra' with Wagner's 'Tannhauser' overture. Jay Gabler attended the concise 'Symphony in 60' program on Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/02/also-sprach-zarathustra-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:08:00 -0500 Music News: Arcade Fire announce new album, tour Today's top music news stories include an Arcade Fire album announcement, a Fleetwood Mac star coming to the State Fair, and a Spike Lee party honoring Prince. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/01/arcade-fire-everything-now?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:53:00 -0500 Actual Wolf announces Red House album, shares HALEY cover 'Hometown' Actual Wolf is set to drop his first Red House Records release, an album called 'Faded Days.' We're pleased to share a track from the album, the HALEY cover 'Hometown.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/01/actual-wolf-song-premiere?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:20:00 -0500 Music News: Here's Gillian Anderson as David Bowie Today's top music news stories include Gillian Anderson's appearance as David Bowie in 'American Gods,' Roger Waters sharing his candid views on the recent Bob Dylan albums, and plans for Gregg Allman's funeral. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/31/gillian-anderson-david-bowie?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 17:40:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: Jimmy Steinfeldt's 'Rock 'N' Roll Lens' Photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt, a Hopkins native, has released two books of his music photography - much of it shot in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/30/jimmy-steinfeldt-rock-roll-lens-books?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: Stars to join Ariana Grande for Manchester benefit concert on Sunday Today's top music news stories include the announcement of a date and lineup for a Manchester benefit concert, a Justin Vernon spat with Delta Air Lines, and a star-studded birthday party for Noel Gallagher. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/30/manchester-benefit-concert?refid=0 Tue, 30 May 2017 15:00:00 -0500 Music News: Chris Cornell laid to rest in Los Angeles Today's top music news stories include Chris Cornell being laid to rest, Ariana Grande announcing a Manchester benefit concert, and Elvis Presley's jet being sold. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/29/chris-cornell-remembered?refid=0 Mon, 29 May 2017 13:29:00 -0500 Southern rock legend Gregg Allman dies at 69 Gregg Allman, the singer-songwriter who helped shape a generation of southern rock with the Allman Brothers, has died at age 69. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/27/gregg-allman-dies-69?refid=0 Sat, 27 May 2017 14:49:00 -0500 Music News: Summer of Love turns 50 with special reissues Today's top music news stories include the announcement of special reissues celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/25/summer-love?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 15:58:00 -0500 Star Wars at 40: Ten ways George Lucas changed the world 40 years ago today, the original 'Star Wars' was released in movie theaters. The world would never be the same again. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/24/star-wars-40-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 09:15:00 -0500 Star Wars at 40: Ten ways George Lucas changed the world 40 years ago today, the original 'Star Wars' was released in movie theaters. The world would never be the same again. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/24/star-wars-40th-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 09:15:00 -0500 Music News: FBI releases Prince's file Today's top music news stories include a look inside Prince's FBI file, stars paying tribute to Bob Dylan, and continuing Chris Cornell memorials. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/24/prince-fbi-file?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2017 17:07:00 -0500 Music News: Solidarity and sorrow after Manchester concert attack Musicians and fans are expressing solidarity and support for their peers in the wake of a deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/23/manchester-attack-reactions?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2017 16:57:00 -0500 Music News: Moving new Elton John videos premiere at Cannes Today's music news stories include new videos for vintage Elton John hits, an interview with 'the guy who made concert tees cool,' and plans for a Rihanna movie based on a tweet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/22/elton-john-videos?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2017 17:26:00 -0500 Music News: Prince siblings officially named heirs Today's top music news stories include Prince's heirs being officially designated, a remarkable Solange performance at the Guggenheim, and continued Chris Cornell tributes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/21/prince-heirs-named?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2017 00:32:00 -0500 'Fargo' recap: You have to unchain me Everybody on "Fargo" had a rough night. Ray took his lookalike status to the extreme, Sy got a mugful and Nikki may be in over her head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/18/aw-jeez-fargo-episode-five?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2017 20:01:17 -0500 Music News: Chris Cornell remembered by peers and fans The music world is mourning Chris Cornell, a "singular and unmatched talent." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/18/chris-cornell-remembered?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2017 16:53:00 -0500 Chris Cornell, Soundgarden frontman, dies at 52 Chris Cornell, whose band Soundgarden helped to shape the sound of the '90s, has died at age 52. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/18/chris-cornell-dies-52?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2017 05:28:00 -0500 Music News: Michael Stipe dishes on beard care Today's top music news stories include Michael Stipe's beard care tips, James Corden returning to host the Grammys, and the first Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction in six years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/17/michael-stipe-beard-care?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2017 17:42:00 -0500 Twin Peaks: What we know about the 2017 revival and its rock-star guest stars The upcoming third season of 'Twin Peaks' will feature the return of many original cast members - and will feature guest stars including Eddie Vedder, Trent Reznor, and Minnesota's own Cactus Blossoms. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/16/twin-peaks?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2017 09:45:00 -0500 Music News: Loretta Lynn released from hospital following stroke Today's top music news stories include Loretta Lynn's release from the hospital, a Louis Vuitton tribute to Kansai Yamamoto, and a new Foo Fighters song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/16/loretta-lynn-leaves-hospital?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2017 17:01:00 -0500 Music News: Mazzy Star drummer Keith Mitchell dies In today's music news, we acknowledge the deaths of Mazzy Star's drummer and a groundbreaking female guitar player. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/15/mazzy-star-drummer-keith-mitchell-dies?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2017 16:55:00 -0500 Music News: Here's Paul McCartney in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Today's top music news stories include Paul McCartney in character as a pirate, PWR BTTM sidelined by sexual misconduct allegations, and new music from U2. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/14/paul-mccartney-pirates-caribbean?refid=0 Sun, 14 May 2017 20:40:00 -0500 Music News: Universal says Prince deal is off, wants $31 million back Today's top music news stories include the collapse of a deal between Universal and the Prince estate, PWR BTTM responding to assault allegations, and a 'Buena Vista Social Club' sequel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/11/universal-prince-deal?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2017 17:50:00 -0500 'Fargo' recap: Good luck with your homicide! "Fargo" puts its own twist on "Peter and the Wolf" as Gloria starts to connect the dots between Eden Valley and Eden Prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/11/aw-jeez-fargo-recap-episode-four?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2017 16:05:38 -0500 Music News: The National announce new album, 'Sleep Well Beast' Today's top music news stories include an album announcement from The National, the death of a legendary club manager, and the relaunch of eMusic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/10/national-new-album?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2017 16:39:00 -0500 Music News: Minnesota singer-songwriter Lonnie Knight dies at 68 Today's top music news stories include the passing of Lonnie Knight, the Grammys' move back to New York, and a planned Chuck Berry museum. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/09/lonnie-knight-dies-68?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2017 16:52:00 -0500 Music News: Minneapolis City Hall bells ring again Today's top music news stories include the Minneapolis City Hall clock tower bells getting back in action, Fyre Festival lawsuits piling up, and a first number one for Chance the Rapper. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/08/minneapolis-city-hall-bells-resume?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2017 15:51:07 -0500 Music News: Treehouse Records to close on Dec. 31 Today's top music news stories include the announcement of Treehouse Records' closure, Loretta Lynn suffering a stroke, and Jack White leading a tour of his new record plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/07/treehouse-records-closing-minneapolis?refid=0 Sun, 07 May 2017 23:36:00 -0500 Minnesota Opera's 'La Boheme' will make you happy to be sad It snows onstage in 'La Boheme,' but that's the least of the sorrows to be borne in Giacomo Puccini's famously weepy classic, which Minnesota Opera has brought to the Ordway in a production that hits all the highs and all the lows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/07/la-boheme-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Sun, 07 May 2017 11:36:00 -0500 Music News: 'Purple Rain' concert film and documentary reportedly sparks bidding war Today's top music news stories include a possible 'Purple Rain' concert film release, music angles on the House's Trumpcare vote, and Alanis Morissette's manager heading for the clink. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/04/purple-rain-concert-documentary?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2017 18:36:00 -0500 Music News: Legal Eagles ready a suit for the Hotel California Today's top music news stories include the Eagles suing the Hotel California, a second suit for the Fyre Festival, and the death of Grandaddy's bassist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/03/eagles-sue-hotel-california?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 17:16:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: Cyn Collins's 'Complicated Fun' Cyn Collins's 'Complicated Fun' is an oral history of Minneapolis indie rock from 1974 to 1984, with testimonials from artists like Curtiss A, Chan Poling, and Dave Pirner. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/02/complicated-fun-cyn-collins?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: Minnesota Twins to host Prince Night on June 16 Today's top music news stories include a Prince Night at Target Field, a super-deluxe edition of Beyonce's 'Lemonade,' and the biggest sellers of this year's Record Store Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/02/prince-night-minnesota-twins?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 17:51:00 -0500 Music News: Prince's brother disputes reality show claims Today's top music news stories include a supposed Prince family reality series, a mysterious message from Robert Plant, and the revelation that Tom Waits auditioned for 'Reservoir Dogs.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/01/prince-family-reality-show?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2017 16:52:00 -0500 Music News: Luxury music festival descends into chaos Today's top music news stories include the chaotic Fyre Festival, a good deed by Metallica, and Jack White's plans for a documentary about 1920s music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/30/fyre-festival-chaos?refid=0 Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:06:00 -0500 Music News: U2 join elite group including Michael Jackson, Madonna, and 'Weird Al' Today's top music news stories include U2 joining an elite club of hitmakers, a new study about drug references in music, and a Haim album announcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/27/u2-weird-al?refid=0 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:51:00 -0500 Music News: David Byrne remembers Jonathan Demme Today's top music news stories include David Byrne remembering Jonathan Demme, a wild new Father John Misty video, and a senatorial jam session for Tommy Stinson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/26/david-byrne-jonathan-demme?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:56:00 -0500 Music News: Madonna slams planned biopic Today's top music news stories include Madonna's criticism of a planned biopic, a special Lucinda Williams show at First Avenue, and a scholarship fund announced by Beyonce. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/25/madonna-biopic?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:08:00 -0500 Music News: Mac DeMarco hiring dank meme specialist Today's top music news stories include Mac DeMarco's assistant search, as well as Radiohead news items both heavy and light. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/24/mac-demarco-hiring-dank-meme-expert?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:35:00 -0500 Music News: Dead Man Winter fans lend support after band's van is robbed Today's top music news stories include Dead Man Winter's successful crowdfunding after a van robbery, Bon Iver inviting special guests to Coachella, and Neil Young announcing a high-quality streaming service. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/23/dead-man-winter-van-stolen?refid=0 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:11:00 -0500 Music News: George Clinton plays surprise Paisley Park show Today's top music news stories are all about Prince and Paisley Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/20/george-clinton-paisley-park?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:59:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: Coloring books feature Prince, Bowie, and...Lemmy? Music fans looking for adult coloring books can now choose from books featuring icons including Prince, David Bowie, and - yes - Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/17/prince-bowie-lemmy-coloring-books?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: Court documents shed light on Prince's health struggles Today's top music news stories include revelations about Prince's opioid addiction and a possible revision to his estate's deal with Universal Music Group. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/17/prince-prescriptions-labels?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:23:00 -0500 Music News: Bruce Langhorne, Dylan collaborator and 'Mr. Tambourine Man' inspiration, dies at 78 Today's top music news stories include the death of a key Bob Dylan collaborator, reports from Coachella, and the return of Monterey Pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/16/bruce-langhorne-dies-78?refid=0 Sun, 16 Apr 2017 22:47:00 -0500 Music News: Dave Chappelle and John Mayer pay tribute to Charlie Murphy Today's top music news stories include Dave Chappelle and John Mayer paying tribute to Charlie Murphy, continuing controversy over Pearl Jam's drummers, and the death of a longtime Johnny Cash sideman. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/13/dave-chappelle-john-mayer-charlie-murphy?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:09:00 -0500 Music News: Sigur Ros release THC-infused gumdrops Today's top music news stories include Sigur Ros edibles, a groundbreaking for the National Museum of African-American Music, and details on Lorde's sophomore album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/12/sigur-ros-edibles?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:58:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: Jimmy Webb's 'The Cake and the Rain' Singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb's new memoir takes a lurching journey through the world of pop music in the '60s and '70s. How did Webb, or anyone, survive? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/11/jimmy-webb-cake-rain?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: Coachella say actually, they would book Kate Bush Today's top music news stories include an update on the Coachella/Kate Bush sorta-scandal, the appointment of a new advisor to the Prince estate, and a new 'Outlaw Music Festival Tour.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/11/coachella-wants-kate-bush?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:05:00 -0500 'Did I dream that?': Artist Peyton remembers Prince, Glam Slam, Paisley Park in the '90s Artist Peyton Scott Russell first encountered Prince in the 1990s, when Peyton showed work at the Glam Slam nightclub and helped decorate Paisley Park for Prince's wedding reception. When Prince died last year, Peyton was moved to cover his First Avenue star in gold leaf. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/10/peyton-scott-russell-prince?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:45:00 -0500 Music News: Arnellia's, 'St. Paul's Apollo Theater,' to close Today's top music news stories include the closing of a St. Paul institution, a new all-star 7" series, and the opening of a Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/10/arnellias-closing?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:23:00 -0500 Music News: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts new class, remembers Prince and Chuck Berry Today's top music news stories include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a lawsuit over a Prince picture, and a release date for Kendrick Lamar's next album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/09/rock-roll-hall-fame-induction?refid=0 Sun, 09 Apr 2017 21:38:00 -0500 Music News: Matt & Kim tour derailed by onstage injury Today's top music news stories include an onstage injury sustained by Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim, the deaths of two music notables, and a surprising story about the origin of the new Gorillaz album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/06/matt-kim-injury?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:09:00 -0500 What's that Verdi in 'S-Town'? No spoilers! Except the fact that one of the subjects of the podcast 'S-Town' turns out to be a special fan of Giuseppe Verdi - as performed by Andrea Bocelli. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/06/verdi-s-town?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:34:00 -0500 Music News: Nye's lives again - in Legos Today's top music news stories include a Lego Nye's, a revealing Barry Manilow interview, and David Letterman stepping in for Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/05/lego-nyes-polonaise-room?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:26:00 -0500 UPDATED: Renee Fleming not actually retiring from opera stage Renee Fleming seemed to have announced her plans to retire from staged opera - but there's been a twist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/05/renee-fleming-retirement?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:00:01 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: John Oates's 'Change of Seasons' John Oates tells his side of the Daryl Hall and John Oates story in an amiable new memoir. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/04/john-oates-change-of-seasons?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: U2 producer now 'working for KFC,' as Bono puts it Today's top music news stories include Steve Lillywhite's Indonesia KFC connection, the cancellation of a Lil Wayne gig, and Ringo Starr discovering an unreleased George Harrison song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/03/steve-lillywhite-kfc?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:22:00 -0500 Music News: Bob Dylan accepts Nobel in private ceremony Today's top music news stories include Bob Dylan finally accepting his Nobel Prize in Literature, the Juno Awards results, and a philanthropic endeavor for Chance the Rapper. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/02/bob-dylan-accepts-nobel?refid=0 Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:44:00 -0500 Music News: Compact disc sales drop to 1986 numbers Today's top music news stories include a big drop in CD sales, information about Bob Dylan's recent whereabouts, and a new video from A Tribe Called Quest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/30/cd-sales-drop?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:00:00 -0500 Friday broadcast: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski memorial service On Tuesday, March 28, the Minnesota Orchestra hosted a memorial service and concert in honor of late conductor laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. We will broadcast the concert and service on Friday, March 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/23/skrowaczewski-memorial-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:18:00 -0500 Music News: You can buy David Bowie's apartment - and his piano with it Today's top music news stories include a Bowie apartment and a Lennon suit going up for sale. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/29/bowie-apartment-sale?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:58:00 -0500 Is a mood-altering electric forehead pod for you? New technology promises to induce relaxation (or, if desired, stimulation) by way of electric currents to the brain. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/29/mood-altering-headsets?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:58:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: 'Devil's Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies' 'Devil's Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies' is a concise and readable guide to the origins of rock and roll. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/28/devils-music-james-a-cosby?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:45:00 -0500 Music News: Bob Dylan archive opens in Oklahoma Today's top music news stories include the opening of a Bob Dylan archive, Frances Bean Cobain defacing her own billboard, and the death of a Foundations frontman. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/28/bob-dylan-archive-opens?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:38:00 -0500 Music News: Prince was 'a great supporter' of Bobby Z's heart health Today's top music news stories include a Bobby Z interview about Prince and heart health, an update on the NPG-Tidal lawsuit, and the cancellation of Modern English's tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/27/bobby-z-heart-attack?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:05:00 -0500 Dessa, Minnesota Orchestra members to perform National Anthem on Twins Opening Day When the Minnesota Twins return to Target Field next Monday, April 3, Dessa will be on hand to sing the National Anthem. Accompanying the Doomtree star will be a brass quintet from the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/27/dessa-minnesota-orchestra-twins-opening-day?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:54:00 -0500 Music News: 'Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' cover photographer Don Hunstein dies at 88 Today's top music news stories include the death of the 'Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' cover photographer, new music from Gorillaz, and a book announcement from Michael Stipe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/26/freewheelin-bob-dylan-photographer-dies?refid=0 Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:49:00 -0500 How lullabies evolved A new theory suggests that lullabies may confer an evolutionary advantage - and, in fact, that they may even be the basis of all music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/24/lullaby-evolution?refid=0 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:07:00 -0500 Music News: Gorillaz detail new album 'Humanz,' release four tracks Thursday was a big day for Gorillaz fans. Also in music news today: remembering a Boston drummer, and Kendrick Lamar teases his next album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/23/gorillaz-humanz?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:41:00 -0500 Hennepin County Library makes it easy to find Rock and Roll Book Club selections Your local library is a great place to find titles featured in our Rock and Roll Book Club - and the Hennepin County library system is making it especially easy, with an online list. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/23/rock-and-roll-book-club-hennepin-county-libraries?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:12:00 -0500 Music News: God save the Queen, says Johnny Rotten - in all sincerity Today's top music news stories include Johnny Rotten wishing health (!) to the Queen, a David Bowie sculpture failing to meet its crowdfunding goal, and plans for the 50th anniversary of 'Sgt. Pepper.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/22/john-lydon-god-save-queen?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:05:00 -0500 Music News: Record Store Day exclusives revealed Today's top music news stories include the release of the full Record Store Day exclusive vinyl list, Wyclef being detained in L.A., and the announcement of the first Missy Elliott show in years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/21/record-store-day-list?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:42:00 -0500 Music News: Tegan and Sara blast YouTube over 'restricted' designation of LGBT content Today's top music news stories include a YouTube controversy involving Tegan and Sara; a report on the cause of Chuck Berry's death; and a Bruce Springsteen appearance planned for the Tribeca Film Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/20/tegan-sara-youtube?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:07:00 -0500 Music News: Stars pay tribute to Chuck Berry Today's top music news stories include Chuck Berry memorials, another ironic release from Father John Misty, and a telling revelation from Chance the Rapper. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/19/remembering-chuck-berry?refid=0 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:42:00 -0500 The Current at SXSW: Friday, March 17 Hello from Austin! We're excited to be part of one of the world's biggest music discovery events, the SXSW Music conference. Every day this week, we've been sharing updates on what's news and what's next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/16/sxsw-friday?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:07:00 -0500 The Current at SXSW: Thursday, March 16 Hello from Austin! We're excited to be part of one of the world's biggest music discovery events, the SXSW Music conference. Every day this week, we'll be sharing updates on what's news and what's next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/16/sxsw-thursday?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:39:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: Peter Hook's 'Substance: Inside New Order' Peter Hook's 'Substance' covers the bassist's 27-year history with New Order. That's a lot of history - which is why it takes him 752 pages. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/10/peter-hook-substance?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:45:00 -0500 The Current at SXSW: Wednesday, March 15 Hello from Austin! We're excited to be part of one of the world's biggest music discovery events, the SXSW Music conference. Every day this week, we'll be sharing updates on what's news and what's next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/13/sxsw-wednesday?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:28:00 -0500 The Current at SXSW: Tuesday, March 14 Hello from Austin! We're excited to be part of one of the world's biggest music discovery events, the SXSW Music conference. Every day this week, we'll be sharing updates on what's news and what's next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/13/sxsw-tuesday?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:57:00 -0500 Six composers who were lucky in love Classical music's had more than its share of broken hearts - but not every composer was lovelorn! Here are six who found lasting happiness in committed relationships. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/09/composers-love?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:45:00 -0600 Music News: U2 announce 'Joshua Tree' 30th anniversary reissue Today's top music news stories include a deluxe reissue of U2's 'The Joshua Tree,' an album date for Lorde, and a first glimpse of the Beatles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/09/u2-joshua-tree-30th-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:51:00 -0600 Music News: Har Mar Superstar stars in Afghan Whigs video Today's top music news stories include Har Mar Superstar appearing in an Afghan Whigs video; an International Women's Day letter signed by music notables; and the death of the Bitter End coffeehouse founder. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/08/har-mar-afghan-whigs?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0600 Music News: Target Field books summer's most random lineup A July 29 show at Target Field will feature Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, and -- wait for it -- Backstreet Boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/07/florida-georgia-line-nelly-backstreet-boys-target-field?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:13:00 -0600 Music News: Wendy Melvoin on Revolution tour: 'No one will ever be Prince' Today's top music news stories include a Revolution reunion tour, a big education donation from Chance the Rapper, and Jack White's revelation about Bob Dylan's bowling ball. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/06/wendy-melvoin-revolution-reunion?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:26:00 -0600 Music News: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side' recording console up for auction Today's top music news stories include Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' recording console going up for auction, SXSW's response to a controversy over their artist contract, and the deaths of two music notables. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/05/pink-floyd-dark-side-console-auction?refid=0 Sun, 05 Mar 2017 23:59:59 -0600 Guillermo del Toro is 'At Home with Monsters' in new Mia exhibit A few years ago, Minneapolis Institute of Art director Kaywin Feldman was reading a magazine profile of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro when it occurred to her that his private collection could form the basis of a spectacular museum exhibit. That exhibit is now a reality - or, rather, a surreality. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/02/guillermo-del-toro-minneapolis-institute-art?refid=0 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 10:45:00 -0600 Music News: Prince tribute quilts to go on display in Minneapolis Today's top music news stories include a forthcoming Prince textile tribute, controversy over SXSW's artist contract, and a proposed Lou Reed Listening Room. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/02/prince-quilts-textile-center?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:16:00 -0600 How Satie's Gymnopedies became ubiquitous How did Erik Satie's Gymnopedies become the quintessential relaxation music? Of their time, they also seem to float above and beyond it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/24/satie-gymnopedies?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:07:00 -0600 Enter for a chance to win tickets to St. Vincent's directorial debut Annie Clark - a.k.a. St. Vincent - is making her directorial debut with a segment of 'XX,' a horror anthology film helmed exclusively by women. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/23/xx-ticket-giveaway?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:45:00 -0600 Music News: David Bowie wins big at BRIT Awards At Wednesday's BRIT Awards, David Bowie won two major honors. Also at the awards, Andrew Ridgeley paid tribute to George Michael, and Coldplay introduced a new collaboration with the Chainsmokers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/22/bowie-brit-awards?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:00:01 -0600 Rock and Roll Book Club: Marc Myers's 'Anatomy of a Song' Even if you think you know everything about rock and pop songwriting, you'll find some fascinating new insights in Marc Myers's 'Anatomy of a Song.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/21/anatomy-song-mark-myers?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Three-story lightning bolt sculpture planned as Bowie tribute Today's top music news stories include the planning of a giant David Bowie tribute, David Cassidy's retirement from touring, and H.R. recovering from surgery. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/21/david-bowie-brixton-sculpture?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:18:00 -0600 Music News: John Mellencamp to play Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Today's top music news stories include a new album and tour for John Mellencamp, a surprise song from Lana Del Rey, and an unreleased memoir by Mick Jagger. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/19/john-mellencamp-minnesota-state-fair?refid=0 Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:47:00 -0600 The Movies and the Music: Oscar-winning scores of the '90s The 1990s were a time of transition in movie music - although you wouldn't know that from the decade's list of Oscar winners. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/13/oscar-winning-scores-90s?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:01 -0600 Music News: Prince songs streamed 4.7 million times in two days Today's top music news stories include a rush to stream Prince's music, the Roots' NBA musical, and a new David Bowie documentary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/16/prince-streams?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:22:00 -0600 Enter for a chance to win Paisley Park tour and dance party tickets 20 winners and their guests will get free tours of Prince's legendary venue Paisley Park - with admission to a dance party afterwards! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/16/paisley-park-after-dark-giveaway?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:47:00 -0600 Music News: What happened to 'the Beatle who vanished'? Today's top music news stories include a possibly forthcoming film about 'the Beatle who vanished,' Chance the Rapper defending Chicago against presidential criticisms, and country artists fearing 'the Dixie Chicks effect.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/15/beatle-who-vanished?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0600 Rock and Roll Book Club: Johnny Marr's 'Set the Boy Free' Johnny Marr's autobiography is as blessedly beef-free as his diet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/14/johnny-marr-autobiography?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Will Minnesota commission a song for the State Capitol? Today's top music news stories include the prospect of a specially-commissioned song for the Minnesota State Capitol, the explanation between Metallica's failed mic, and a new enterprise for Passion Pit's leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/13/minnesota-state-capitol-song?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:07:00 -0600 Music News: Adele dominates Grammys Today's top music news stories include Adele's Grammys hat trick, remembering Al Jarreau, and Devo emoji. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/12/grammys-winners?refid=0 Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:48:00 -0600 The Movies and the Music: Oscar-winning film scores of the '80s The '80s are associated with swooning synths, but in cinemas, composers were riding high on symphonic sound championed by John Williams. For that reason, the decade's soundtracks included some of the greatest orchestral writing of the late 20th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/06/oscar-winning-scores-1980s?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:30:00 -0600 Music News: Streaming release of pre-1995 Prince music nears Today's top music news stories include developments with the Prince catalog, a Grammy Honors speech by Jack White, and Ryan Adams telling the story of the infamous 'Summer of '69' heckler. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/09/prince-music-wide-release?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:57:00 -0600 Get wrapped up - literally - in a new relaxation trend Count on Japan to be on the cutting edge of relaxation trends. What's hot right now for Japanese who want to de-stress? Adult wrapping. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/09/adult-wrapping-relaxation?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:18:00 -0600 Music News: Spinal Tap actors allege merch payments only totaled enough to buy 'one miniature Stonehenge' Today's top music news stories include the launch of a new vinyl subscription service, the confirmation of a Prince tribute at the Grammys, and an in-depth look at music history among the houses of North Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/08/vinyl-subscription-service?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:45:00 -0600 Rock and Roll Book Club: John Darnielle's 'Universal Harvester' 'Universal Harvester,' the new novel by Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle, has an uber-creepy premise - but the book's shocks turn out to be more emotional than physical. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/07/john-darnielle-universal-harvester?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Tegan and Sara note 'disappointing' number of women among Juno nominees Today's top music news stories include three sets of awards: Canadian, Swedish, and Minnesotan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/07/juno-nominees?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:02:00 -0600 'Fantasia' meets Degas in new NYC hippo ballerina statue Today, a giant sculpture of a hippopotamus in the pose of Degas's 'Little Dancer' is being unveiled across the street from Lincoln Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/07/hippo-ballerina-statue?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:04:00 -0600 Jain performs at The Current on whirlwind U.S. visit French singer-songwriter Jain, a rising star around the world, treated us to an intimate live performance during a U.S. visit that also included her late-night TV debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/06/jain-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:15:00 -0600 Music News: Eaux Claires begins lineup announcement countdown Today's top music news stories include an impending Eaux Claires announcement, details on Lady Gaga's Super Bowl show, and music services filing a brief against President Trump's travel ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/06/eaux-claires-lineup?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:16:00 -0600 Music News: Lady Gaga dives into Super Bowl history Today's top music news stories include Lady Gaga rocking the Super Bowl, new Bob Marley live recordings uncovered, and Black Sabbath saying goodbye. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/05/super-bowl-li-lady-gaga?refid=0 Sun, 05 Feb 2017 22:30:00 -0600 The Movies and the Music: Oscar-winning film scores of the '70s In the '70s, John Williams came roaring in to define the sound of blockbuster movies for decades. We look back at the Me Decade as part of our in-depth exploration of Oscar-winning film scores. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/30/oscar-winning-scores-1970s?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:45:00 -0600 Music News: Lady Gaga promises 'no meat dress' at Super Bowl LI The music world is preparing for the Super Bowl: the game, the halftime show, the ads. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/02/super-bowl-music?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:01 -0600 11 inspiring classical music flashmobs Sometimes it can be hard to get people to classical music concerts, so musicians have taken to bringing the music to people. Here are videos of 11 of the best recent classical music flashmobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/02/classical-music-flashmobs?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:12:00 -0600 Music News: Watch 1,200-person band cover 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Today's top music news stories include a Nirvana classic covered by 1,200 musicians (yes, at once); two forthcoming babes for Bey; and an upcoming Nas biopic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/01/1200-musicians-cover-nirvana?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0600 Rock and Roll Book Club: Woody Woodmansey's 'Spider from Mars' Drummer Woody Woodmansey looks back on an epochal era in 'Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/31/woody-woodmansey-spider-from-mars?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: 'Are we being punked?' ask musicians blocked by travel ban Today's top music news stories include reactions to President Trump's travel ban from musicians in Iraq, Iran, and other affected areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/31/travel-ban-musicians?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:06:00 -0600 In defense of Philip Glass Musical genius is about more than what music you write: it's about when you write it, and where you put it. Philip Glass has been in a lot of the right places, at a lot of the right times, for 80 years and counting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/30/defense-philip-glass?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Purple Spotify ads mean you know what Today's top music news stories include Prince's likely arrival on Spotify and other streaming services, as well as continued musicians' protests against President Trump's immigration ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/30/prince-spotify?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:39:00 -0600 Music News: Original members of the Time to play Grammys Today's top music news stories include an announcement about the Original 7ven at the Grammys, musicians reacting to new immigration restrictions, and the deaths of music notables. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/29/morris-day-time-grammys?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:22:00 -0600 The Movies and the Music: Oscar-winning scores of the 1960s As the Academy Awards approach, we're taking a decade-by-decade look back at Oscar-winning film scores. 1960s films reflected the tumultuous times. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/24/oscar-winning-scores-1960s?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:45:00 -0600 Music News: Science proves dogs love reggae Today's top music news stories include a study about dogs' favorite music, the requisite political drama, and a potential Car Seat Headrest collaboration with Smash Mouth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/26/dogs-reggae?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:53:00 -0600 Music News: Mary Tyler Moore fans turn to Husker Du to celebrate her memory Today's top music news items include the resurfacing of Husker Du's 'Love Is All Around' cover in memory of Mary Tyler Moore, as well as the deaths of three music notables. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/25/husker-du-mary-tyler-moore?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:38:00 -0600 Music News: Paris Jackson gives first in-depth interview Today's top music headlines include Michael Jackson's daughter giving her first in-depth interview, an album announcement from Father John Misty, and Ryan Adams action figures. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/24/paris-jackson-interview?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:38:00 -0600 Rock and Roll Book Club: Jim Walsh follows Prince through the '90s 'Gold Experience: Following Prince in the '90s' collects Jim Walsh's Pioneer Press coverage of the Purple One from 1994 to 2002. It's full of amazing details that even some hard-core Prince fans might have forgotten. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/23/jim-walsh-gold-experience-prince?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:45:00 -0600 'La La Land' dominates Oscar nominations, including for music As expected, this year's Oscar nominations were dominated by the Hollywood romance 'La La Land,' which earned nominations for Best Original Score and, twice, for Best Original Song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/24/original-score-oscar-nominations?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:38:00 -0600 Music News: Album covers get Meitu makeovers Today's top music news stories include album covers getting Meitu makeovers, the xx selling more albums than anyone (but not hitting the top of the Billboard 200), and Sprint buying a third of Tidal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/23/meitu-album-covers?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:42:00 -0600 Five years on, Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project is going strong In 2012, Carnegie Hall launched a 'Lullaby Project' to help young mothers write lullabies for their babies. Five years later, the project is spreading across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/23/lullaby-project?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0600 Music News: Local musicians play for Coachella-size crowd at Minnesota Women's March All anyone was talking about this weekend was the inauguration of President Donald Trump - and the response that quickly followed in the form of rallies around the world. Musicians performed, participated, and reacted. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/22/minnesota-womens-march-music?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:29:00 -0600 The Movies and the Music: Oscar-winning scores of the 1950s As the Academy Awards approach, we're taking a decade-by-decade look back at Oscar-winning film scores. 1950s films featured big scores for splashy widescreen spectaculars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/20/oscar-winning-scores-1950s?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:02:00 -0600 Music News: Bruce Springsteen played secret White House concert Today's top music stories are all about the president(s): Bruce Springsteen plays a private concert for Obama staffers, Arcade Fire and Gorillaz release protest songs, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/19/springsteen-white-house-concert?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:45:00 -0600 Music News: Selfie with mystery man Nick Cave goes viral Today's top music news stories include a viral photo of a seemingly unrecognized Nick Cave, political protests, and performers announced for the Grammys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/18/nick-cave?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:14:00 -0600 Rock and Roll Book Club: Steve Jones's 'Lonely Boy' Guitarist Steve Jones shares all the dirty details about the birth of punk in 'Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/17/steve-jones-lonely-boy?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: George Harrison's birthday to be celebrated with vinyl box set, turntable Today's top music news stories include a new George Harrison vinyl box set, updates on the BPM Festival shooting, and a booking for Friday's inauguration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/17/george-harrison-box-set?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:45:00 -0600 The Movies and the Music: Oscar-winning scores of the 1930s and '40s As the Academy Awards approach, we're taking a decade-by-decade look back at Oscar-winning film scores. The first years of Oscar-winning movie music were dominated by some of the biggest names in Hollywood history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/09/oscar-winning-scores-1930s-1940s?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0600 Music News: AARP welcomes 50-year-old musicians with 'birthday covers' Today's top music news stories include AARP honoring 50-year-old musicians, a Duluth musician surviving a dangerous accident, and even more inauguration updates. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/12/aarp-musicians-50?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:22:00 -0600 Music News: Bon Jovi to pick local opener for St. Paul show Today's top music news stories include Bon Jovi picking a local opener for a concert at the Xcel Energy Center, a slew of politics-related news, and a looming tax bill for Prince's estate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/11/bon-jovi-xcel-energy-center-opener?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:05:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Kate Tempest British phenom Kate Tempest is the latest poet-performer to cross over into music. Jay Gabler writes about Tempest's novel 'The Bricks That Built the Houses' and her book-length poem 'Let Them Eat Chaos.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/10/kate-tempest-books?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Who's playing Target Field this summer? Today's top music news stories include a mystery performer at Target Field, developments with the Prince estate, and Eddie Vedder's plans to play Obama's farewell speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/10/target-field-concert-surprise?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:41:00 -0600 Music News: Prince music could hit streaming services in conjunction with Grammy tribute Today's top music news stories include a prospective Prince streaming deal, the latest from Paisley Park, and word that David Bowie considered writing fake Bob Dylan songs for a musical. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/09/prince-spotify?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:07:00 -0600 'La La Land' wins Golden Globes for Best Original Song, Score At Sunday night's Golden Globes, 'La La Land' composer Justin Hurwitz collected awards for best original score and best original song as the film took a record seven trophies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/09/la-la-land-hurwitz?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:35:00 -0600 'La La Land' wins Golden Globes for Best Original Score, Song At Sunday night's Golden Globes, 'La La Land' composer Justin Hurwitz collected awards for best original score and best original song as the film took a record seven trophies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/09/la-la-land-golden-globes?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:03:00 -0600 Recording in Prince's studio: Jill Riley sings 'Raspberry Beret' Visitors to Paisley Park can, at certain times, now record themselves singing in Prince's studio. The Current's Jill Riley and Brian Oake visited Paisley Park last week, and Jill laid down a take on 'Raspberry Beret.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/06/recording-paisley-park?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:45:00 -0600 Music News: Jazz critic Nat Hentoff dies at 91 Today's top music news stories include the death of a legendary jazz critic, a new David Bowie video, and an inventory of Prince's estate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/08/nat-hentoff-dies?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 14:27:00 -0600 Music News: New music venue planned near Target Field Today's top music news stories include a new venue planned for downtown Minneapolis, an amphitheater project moving forward, and criticism directed at the owner of Coachella. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/05/music-venue-planned-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:21:00 -0600 'Beethoven's Skull': Tim Rayborn chronicles classical trivia A new book chronicles 'dark, strange, and fascinating tales from the world of classical music and beyond.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/05/beethovens-skull-book?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:46:00 -0600 What I've learned in ten years tracking my listening on Last.fm For the past decade, Jay Gabler has tracked all of his digital music listening via the social network Last.fm. Looking back at the data collected, he sees some interesting patterns - and some things he maybe didn't want to know about his own listening habits. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/04/last-fm?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: 'New Barbarians' A new book chronicles the short but eventful history of the New Barbarians, a Rolling Stones spinoff project that toured America in 1979. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/03/new-barbarians-book?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Coachella names first solo female headliner in 10 years Today's top music news stories include the Coachella lineup, a Sleater-Kinney album announcement, and protests against gospel singer Kim Burrell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/03/beyonce-radiohead-kendrick-lamar-coachella?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:19:00 -0600 Music News: What happened to Mariah Carey on New Year's Eve? Today's top music news items include New Year's Eve performances by Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney, as well as Sleater-Kinney paying tribute to George Michael and David Bowie. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/02/mariah-carey-new-years-eve?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:35:00 -0600 Music news: Run-D.M.C. sue Walmart and Amazon for $50 million Today's top music news items include Run-D.M.C. suing retailers for copping their look, memories of Debbie Reynolds, and an album announcement from Dan Auerbach. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/29/run-dmc-sue-walmart-amazon?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:35:00 -0600 Music News: Paul Simon remembers former wife Carrie Fisher Today's top music news stories include Paul Simon remembering Carrie Fisher, a Kennedy Center tribute to Mavis Staples, and today's inauguration update. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/28/paul-simon-remembers-carrie-fisher?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:21:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Johnny Cash's 'Forever Words' A new book of poems by Johnny Cash shows just how deep the themes of the Man in Black's lyrics ran. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/27/johnny-cash-forever-words?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Eddie Vedder helps struggling family Today's top music news stories include Eddie Vedder's spontaneous generosity, the latest details on George Michael's death, and further explanation for why so few musicians are planning to perform at next month's presidential inauguration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/27/eddie-vedder-helps-family?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0600 Film icon Carrie Fisher dies at 60 Carrie Fisher, an actor and writer best-known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' movies, has died at age 60. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/27/carrie-fisher-dies-at-60?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:02:00 -0600 Film icon Carrie Fisher dies at 60 Carrie Fisher, an actor and writer best-known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' movies, has died at age 60. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/27/carrie-fisher-dies-60?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:51:00 -0600 Music News: George Michael remembered as 'brilliant artist' Musicians around the world are remembering the late George Michael as a trailblazing pop star. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/26/george-michael-remembered?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:12:00 -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, 23 Dec 2016 09:05:00 -0600 Music News: Paul McCartney joins the Roots and friends for 'Wonderful Christmastime' Today's top music news stories include a 'Wonderful Christmastime' rendition by Paul McCartney and friends, Jack White renovating Bob Dylan's couch, and Bon Iver's engineer talking about how '22, A Million' was made. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/21/paul-mccartney-wonderful-christmastime?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:28:00 -0600 Music News: Richard Marx swings into action to restrain violent airline passenger Today's top music news stories include an unexpected in-air altercation for Richard Marx, a loss for the Turtles in landmark copyright case, and today's music-in-politics news. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/20/richard-marx-airplane-attack?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:01:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: OMG Posters A new book showcases creative gig posters from the collection of a Minneapolis blogger. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/20/omg-posters?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:45:00 -0600 Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez among 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The latest round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees has been announced, and it includes two big names from the '90s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/20/rock-roll-hall-fame-inductees?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:18:00 -0600 Music News: Black Keys relent, put music on Spotify Today's top music news stories include the Black Keys coming to Spotify; and new-release updates from Chic, Broken Social Scene, and Dirty Projectors. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/19/black-keys-spotify?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:29:00 -0600 Semisonic announce Turf Club show, may record new music soon This morning, John Munson told Brian Oake and Jill Riley that Semisonic have another gig coming up - and hinted that they might just be heading into the studio to record new music in 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/19/semisonic-new-music?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0600 Music News: New 'Baby It's Cold Outside' tops Spotify viral chart Today's top music news stories include a viral success for two Minnesota musicians, an explanation for why David Bowie wasn't Gandalf, and Chance the Rapper on SNL. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/18/lydia-liza-josiah-lemanski-baby-its-cold?refid=0 Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:06:00 -0600 Will 'La La Land' save the movie musical? 'La La Land,' a captivating new musical, is already being mentioned as a surefire Oscar contender. Will Damien Chazelle's beautifully made film inspire other moviemakers to follow suit? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/09/la-la-land?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0600 Music News: Chubby Checker releases new mix of biggest song in chart history Today's music news highlights include a remix of 'The Twist,' Dolly Parton helping fire victims, and the year's biggest tours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/15/chubby-checker-twist?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:03:00 -0600 We're the color of the year! Every year, Pantone picks a "color of the year." 2017's color has been announced, and it happens to be a shade of green that's very familiar to Classical MPR listeners. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/15/color-of-the-year?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:13:00 -0600 Minnesota music: 2016 in review This year in Minnesota music was of course defined by the unexpected death of Prince, but lots more happened too. Look back with our interactive timeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/15/year-in-review-minnesota-music?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:41:00 -0600 Music News: Iconic music movies inducted into National Film Registry Today's top music news stories include films with iconic soundtracks being inducted into the National Film Registry, election-related news, and the release of Apple AirPods. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/14/national-film-registry?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:21:00 -0600 2016 CD sales: Mozart beats Adele Believe it or not, there were more Mozart CDs sold this year than discs by any pop artist. The reason? A massive new box set. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/14/mozart-cd-sales?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:20:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Ed Ward's history of rock, 1920-1963 Ed Ward's new book is titled 'The History of Rock & Roll, Volume One: 1920-1963,' but it primarily focuses on the incredibly fertile period from the early '50s to the early '60s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/13/history-rock-roll-ed-ward?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Ben Gibbard to release 'Bandwagonesque' cover album Today's top music news stories include an unusual new vinyl subscription service, Lorde covering Robyn, and Kanye West meeting the president-elect. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/13/ben-gibbard-teenage-fanclub-covers?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:17:00 -0600 'Rogue One' tells a Star Wars story for a new generation Michael Giacchino's challenge, in taking the composer's seat for a film in the Star Wars franchise, is representative of that faced by everyone involved with 'Rogue One.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/13/rogue-one-star-wars?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0600 Music News: Bob Dylan books Sweden concerts Today's top music news stories include a planned Bob Dylan trip to Sweden, the 2017 Golden Globe Nominees, and the Revolution's memories of Prince. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/12/music-news-bob-dylan-sweden-concerts?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:10:00 -0600 Music News: Patti Smith sings on behalf of Bob Dylan at Nobel ceremony Today's top music news stories include Patti Smith's performance on behalf of Bob Dylan at the Nobel Prize ceremony, word of Prince's plans for a reality series, and underground venues facing new scrutiny. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/11/bob-dylan-nobel-patti-smith?refid=0 Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:35:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra's movie music season climaxes with Harry Potter This weekend, the Minnesota Orchestra is playing the score to 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' in front of huge crowds at the Minneapolis Convention Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/10/minnesota-orchestra-harry-potter?refid=0 Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:15:00 -0600 'Hamilton' coming to Minneapolis in 2018-19 season 'Hamilton,' the Broadway musical Michelle Obama calls 'the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life,' is coming to Minneapolis. We just have to wait a couple of years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/09/hamilton-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:22:00 -0600 Music News: Prince's friends share hilarious stories Lots of Prince news today - from stories shared by his friends to the latest developments in his estate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/08/prince-stories?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:09:00 -0600 Six questions for 'Mozart in the Jungle' Season 3 to answer The third season of 'Mozart in the Jungle' will be released tomorrow, Dec. 9. Here are ten questions we're burning to know the answers to. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/08/mozart-jungle-season-3?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0600 Music News: Justin Vernon, Ryan Adams, Shins, Regina Spektor booked for Prairie Home Companion Today's top music news stories include a slew of big 'Prairie Home Companion' bookings; Bob Dylan day to be declared in Minnesota; and planned memorials for David Bowie and Sharon Jones. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/07/bob-dylan-day-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:10:00 -0600 Are live musicals relevant again? One of the most unexpected developments in recent years is the return of the live theatrical musical to a buzzworthy position in pop culture. What's going on? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/07/live-musicals?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:35:00 -0600 Music News: Study finds MP3s make music sound sadder Today's top music news stories include a new study about the emotional attributes of music on MP3, two big benefit announcements, and a surprise top-seller among CDs in 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/mp3-emotion?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:23:00 -0600 59th annual Grammy nominations announced The nominations for the 59th annual Grammy awards were announced this morning. Beyonce leads the pack with a total of nine nominations for 'Lemonade,' and many classical artists are honored as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/grammy-nominations-classical?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:25:00 -0600 Beyonce leads Grammy nominees The nominees for the top categories in the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning. Beyonce leads this year's nominees with nine nods for her acclaimed album 'Lemonade.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/grammy-nominations?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:33:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jay Gabler, digital producer The Current's digital producer Jay Gabler shares his top albums and songs of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/top89-staff-picks-jay-gabler?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Music News: Epic holiday lights display honors Prince Today's top music news stories include an epic Prince lights display - and a potential (if unlikely) new heir. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/05/prince-holiday-lights?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:29:00 -0600 Does Ravel's 'Bolero' still seduce? Ravel's 'Bolero' is one of the most famously erotic pieces of classical music. To some 21st century ears, though, it's become the musical equivalent of shag carpeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/05/ravel-bolero?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:10:00 -0600 Music News: Keith Richards plays amp from Willie's on new Rolling Stones record Today's top music news stories include Keith Richards playing an amp he bought in Minnesota, a tragic fire at an Oakland warehouse party, and a lobbying effort to change copyright law. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/04/keith-richards-willies-guitar?refid=0 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0600 O Come, All Ye Jedi: Organist mixes Star Wars and carols A New Zealand organist has elegantly combined holiday carols with John Williams's 'Star Wars' score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/01/organist-star-wars-carols?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0600 Music News: Prince estate worth $200 million, court filings indicate Today's top music news stories include a valuation of Prince's estate, a Hamilton Drunk History with rock star cameos, and a forthcoming Marvin Gaye miniseries. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/30/prince-estate-200-million?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: David Bowie's 'Lazarus' script The script to David Bowie's musical 'Lazarus' has now been published in book form, and it's an essential aid to understanding the music icon's life and work in the last years of his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/29/david-bowie-lazarus-script?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Prince documentary to be released in 2017 Today's top music news stories include word of a forthcoming Prince documentary, a settlement in the Turtles suit, and controversial political comments by Kate Bush. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/29/prince-documentary?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:00:00 -0600 Music News: Rolling Stone names Beyonce's 'Lemonade' best album of 2016 Today's top music news stories include Rolling Stone's list of the best albums of the year, a best-videos list from Pitchfork, and an update on Kanye West's condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/28/beyonce-lemonade-best-album-2016?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:17:00 -0600 Andrea Bocelli to cameo in his own biopic The inspiring true story of Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is coming to a theater near you, in the form of a biopic that will include a cameo by the singer himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/28/andrea-bocelli-biopic?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:45:00 -0600 Music News: Paisley Park selling replicas of Prince's Cloud guitar Today's top music news stories include Paisley Park selling replicas of Prince's Cloud guitar, the burning of punk memorabilia, and Elton John denying reports of a presidential inauguration booking. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/27/prince-guitar-sale?refid=0 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:44:00 -0600 'Manchester By the Sea,' classical music, and cinematic reverie The new Kenneth Lonergan movie, sure to be a top Oscar contender, is suffused with classical music that contributes to its mood of poignant reverie. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/23/manchester-sea-classical-music?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Jenna Miles's 'Beginner's Guide to Vinyl' With Record Store Day Black Friday coming up, our book club is spotlighting a new guide to collecting and playing vinyl. Bonus: take an online quiz to see how well you know your vinyl! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/22/jenna-miles-beginners-guide-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:45:00 -0600 Music News: Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross receive Presidential Medals of Freedom Today's top music news stories include Presidential Medals of Freedom to music legends, a letter from Morrissey to General Motors, and the latest updates on Kanye West's condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/22/morrissey-vegan-leather?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:30:00 -0600 Music News: Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' hits Hot 100 for first time Today's top music news stories include a Hot 100 hit for Leonard Cohen, a canceled tour for Kanye West, and a new Kate Bush video. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/21/leonard-cohen-hallelujah-hit?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:02:00 -0600 Dad recovers his late wife's lullaby with help from the internet There's a lot of hate on the internet - but there's a lot of love, too, as one dad discovered when Reddit users helped him recover some songs recorded by his late wife. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/21/lullabies-recovered?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:46:00 -0600 Minnesota Opera's 'Das Rheingold' captures Wagner's stormy power There's a reason they call it 'Wagnerian.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/18/minnesota-opera-das-rheingold?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:20:00 -0600 Music News: 'Drift Away' songwriter Mentor Williams dies at 70 Today's top music news stories include a planned tour for A Tribe Called Quest, a 'Last Waltz' tribute tour, and the death of the man who wrote 'Drift Away.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/17/atcq-final-album-tour?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:00:00 -0600 Classical news: U.S. orchestras now rely more on donations than ticket sales This week's top classical music news stories include a new report on the changing finances of U.S. orchestras, the rise of a new leader at Lincoln Center, and a cellist campaigning against brothels. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/17/us-orchestras-revenue?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:53:00 -0600 Music News: Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom Today's top music news stories include recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the breakup of the Presidents of the United States of America, and a thank-you concert for President Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/16/diana-ross-bruce-springsteen-medal-freedom?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:04:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Daniel Corrigan's 'Heyday' Daniel Corrigan's 'Heyday' chronicles 35 years of Minneapolis music photography by the man who's produced some of the scene's most iconic imagery. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/15/daniel-corrigan-heyday?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0600 Music News: Rolling Stones' dirty apartment becomes a museum exhibit Today's top music news stories include the recreation of a Rolling Stones hotel room, the release of a new Elvis documentary, and the deaths of two music notables. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/15/rolling-stones-exhibit?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:04:00 -0600 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski in stable condition after stroke The Minnesota Orchestra says that Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, a venerated presence in the classical music world, is in stable condition after suffering a stroke. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/15/stanislaw-skrowaczewski?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:01:00 -0600 Music News: Tidal claims exclusive right to Prince streaming Today's top music news stories include Tidal claiming exclusive streaming rights over Prince's catalog, Bowie tribute concerts being planned, and Neil Young spending his birthday at Standing Rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/14/tidal-prince-catalog?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:17:00 -0600 Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes politically pointed operatic debut On Saturday night, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the stage with the Washington National Opera to perform a speaking role in Donizetti's 'The Daughter of the Regiment.' Her dialogue, which Ginsburg wrote herself, turned out to be pointed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/14/ruth-bader-ginsburg-opera?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:57:00 -0600 Music News: Bataclan reopens with Sting performance Today's top music news stories include the reopening of Paris's Bataclan nightclub, Bruce Springsteen being rescued by veterans on Veterans' Day, and Leonard Cohen being laid to rest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/13/bataclan-reopens-sting?refid=0 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:44:00 -0600 Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dies at 82 Leonard Cohen, a singer-songwriter acclaimed for his poetic lyrics and poignant melodies, has died at the age of 82. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/10/leonard-cohen-dies-82?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:45:00 -0600 Music News: Kraftwerk show falls victim to electronic music ban in Buenos Aires Today's top music news stories include album announcements from the xx and Childish Gambino, as well as the first Kate Bush interview in years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/10/new-music-xx?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:35:00 -0600 From Beethoven to the 'millennial whoop' A simple note pattern - heard in Beethoven, among other places - has become ubiquitous in today's pop music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/10/beethoven-millennial-whoop?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:51:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Bob Dylan's 'Lyrics: 1961-2012' A new collection of Bob Dylan's lyrics is a chronological, up-to-date collection of every original song by the Nobel laureate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/08/bob-dylan-lyrics-book?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0600 Music News: Lorde promises 'intimate, empire-sized' new album Today's top music news stories include a birthday post from Lorde on her new album, the latest on the Blind Melon lawsuit, and a shakeup among Brit Awards voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/07/lorde-new-album?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:45:00 -0600 Classical news: Met Opera ash-thrower apologizes This week's top news stories in the classical music world include an apologetic ash-thrower, the death of a great pianist, and a literary award for a famed composer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/07/met-opera-ash-scatter?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:26:00 -0600 Music News: As election nears, music stars urge fans to vote Today's top music news stories include a flurry of get-out-the-vote shows, the death of an electronic music pioneer, and a performer announcement for the reopening of Paris's Bataclan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/06/music-stars-get-out-vote?refid=0 Sun, 06 Nov 2016 16:25:00 -0600 How long has it been since the Cubs won the World Series? How long has it been since the Cubs won the World Series? We look back to 1908 in classical music: Barber wasn't born yet, Faure was still alive, and Ives premiered 'The Unanswered Question.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/04/cubs-world-series-1908-classical-music?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:50:00 -0500 Music News: Take a VR tour of Bob Dylan's art exhibit Today's top music news stories include a virtual-reality tour of Bob Dylan's London art exhibit, a first look at sketches of a nude Iggy Pop, and what Alicia Keys learned from Prince. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/03/bob-dylan-london-exhibit?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:22:00 -0500 When the Cubs won the World Series at Orchestra Hall What was the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing the last time the Cubs won the World Series? Nothing - because Chicago's Symphony Hall was full of baseball fans following the game. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/03/cubs-1908-orchestra-hall?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:23:00 -0500 'The Shining': Listen to the Minnesota Opera's complete production We're pleased to present, for a limited time, the exclusive opportunity to listen to a recording of the Minnesota Opera's complete production of 'The Shining.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/28/shining-minnesota-opera-listen?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:45:00 -0500 In 'Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation,' Mia looks at an epochal anniversary A new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art brings together an unprecedented collection of artifacts related to the life of Martin Luther. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/30/martin-luther-mia-exhibit?refid=0 Sun, 30 Oct 2016 11:41:00 -0500 'E.T.' and the magic of the orchestra How do you make Steven Spielberg's classic film 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' even more magical? Add a live orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/29/et-extra-terrestrial-live-orchestra?refid=0 Sat, 29 Oct 2016 05:16:00 -0500 Classical news: Composers of color are 'effectively silenced,' says Eleanor Alberga This week's top classical news stories include a composer speaking out against racism in classical music; a piano prize for Benjamin Grosvenor; and a tragedy in the family of one of the Piano Guys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/26/eleanor-alberga-composer?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:08:00 -0500 Coming this Halloween: 'The Shining' For one month starting on Halloween, you'll be able to listen to a stream of Paul Moravec's opera 'The Shining,' presented by the Minnesota Opera, on our website. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/26/shining-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:49:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: 'Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks' The irony of Ronin Ro's Prince biography is that, despite its title, Ro doesn't try very hard to peer behind Prince's mask. In some ways, that's a good thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/25/prince-ronin-ro-biography?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: David Hajdu's 'Love for Sale' In his new book 'Love for Sale,' acclaimed music writer David Hajdu combines personal stories with historical accounts of the evolution of popular music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/18/david-hajdu-love-for-sale?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Indian village teaches classical music to every child - for a century In one Punjabi village, every child for the past century has been taught how to play Indian classical music - as a means of both spiritual devotion and personal development. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/17/bhaini-sahib?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:15:00 -0500 Max Rebo: Baroque composer? In 'Return of the Jedi,' Jabba the Hutt's house band plays an eerie piece that's considered 'Baroque,' if you read the soundtrack titles. We asked our staff to review Jabba's taste in tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/14/jabbas-baroque-recital?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:50:00 -0500 Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature Bob Dylan, the Minnesota native who has transformed the expressive possibilities of popular music through his singular career as a singer-songwriter, has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy said the award recognizes Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/13/bob-dylan-nobel-prize?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:52:00 -0500 Classical news: Hear Tchaikovsky's voice This week's top classical music news items include a rare recording of Tchaikovsky's voice, the Philadelphia Orchestra ending its strike, and Homer Simpson visiting the Sydney Opera House. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/05/classical-news-tchaikovsky-voice?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' Bruce Springsteen's new book is a rock memoir like none other, a strange and extraordinary book that just might be counted as one of his greatest achievements. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/27/bruce-springsteen-book-review?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:52:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Matt Pinfield's 'All These Things That I've Done' In his new book 'All These Things That I've Done," MTV veteran Matt Pinfield tells amazing stories and shares his love of music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/19/pinfield-book?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:38:00 -0500 What were composers' day jobs? Composing classical music: it's a living...if you're lucky. Throughout music history, composers have had to take other jobs to make ends meet, particularly at the beginnings of their careers. Take a look at what some of these famous names have had to do for money. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/16/composers-day-jobs?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0500 Music News: Watch Bon Iver play '8 (circle)' on 'The Tonight Show' On Wednesday night, Bon Iver played their new song '8 (circle)' on 'The Tonight Show.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/15/bon-iver-fallon?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:38:00 -0500 Classical news: Philip Glass to receive National Medal of Arts Today's top stories in the classical music world include the announcement of this year's National Medal of Arts recipients; the death of an acclaimed tenor; and a strike in Forth Worth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/15/classical-music-news?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:08:00 -0500 Why do movies keep using the same pieces of classical music? A video supercut reveals just how many movies tend to fall back on the same few classical compositions. Why don't filmmakers use a wider variety of pieces? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/12/movies-classical-music?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:44:00 -0500 Why 'Next Generation' was 'Star Trek' at its best On the 50th anniversary of the debut of 'Star Trek,' Jay Gabler remembers how he - like many of his gen-X counterparts - discovered the franchise through 'The Next Generation' (and why that's still the best 'Star Trek' series). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/07/gen-x-star-trek-tng?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0500 Pretenders announce new album, 'Alone,' recorded with Dan Auerbach The Pretenders have announced their first all-new studio album since 2008. 'Alone' was recorded with Dan Auerbach - who, like Chrissie Hynde, hails originally from Akron, Ohio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/06/pretenders-new-album?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:48:00 -0500 Classical news: What luxury car company sponsors your concertmaster? Among this week's top news stories in the classical music world: a concertmaster is sponsored by a luxury car company, the New York Times may be cutting arts coverage, and a new opera house opens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/01/classical-news-sponsored-concertmaster?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:50:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: 'Before You Judge Me' looks at last weeks of Michael Jackson's life Jay Gabler reviews 'Before You Judge Me,' a novelistic new book that tries to get inside the head of Michael Jackson during the last weeks of the music icon's life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/31/before-you-judge-me?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:15:00 -0500 'Bach in the Subways' cellist Dale Henderson takes off on tour Dale Henderson, the cellist known for bringing Bach to subway platforms, is taking the great composer's cello suites on tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/31/bach-dale-henderson-tour?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Celebrate the National Park Service centennial with Performance Today The National Park Service was signed into existence 100 years ago this month. Performance Today has a musical celebration of the rich history of our national parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/31/national-park-service?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:00 -0500 Fury Things added to The Current's Music-on-a-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair We're psyched to announce that local rockers Fury Things have been added to the bill for The Current's Music-on-a-Stick next Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. Weezer are headlining the show, which also features the Struts. Tickets are now available. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/26/fury-things-music-on-a-stick?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0500 'Mozart 225': Biggest box set of all time? A new box set from Decca will contain the complete works of Mozart. At 200 discs, it's being called the largest box set of all time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/26/mozart-box-set?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:54:00 -0500 Classical news: 'Bagpipe lung' claims British man's life Among this week's top news items in the classical music world: a UK man died of an infection that apparently festered in his bagpipes, this year's first Gramophone Classical Music Award winners have been announced, and the BSO sets a record for most married couples performing at once. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/24/classical-news-bagpipe-lung?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:45:00 -0500 Harmonica great Toots Thielemans dies at 94 Toots Thielemans, whose harmonica playing has been heard on decades of jazz recordings and movie soundtracks, has died at age 94. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/22/toots-thielemans-dies-94?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:18:00 -0500 Classical music helps horses relax A new study shows that classical music can help to reduce horses' anxiety at potentially stressful times. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/22/horses-classical-music?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:57:00 -0500 Hear sportscaster Vin Scully sing a baby to sleep Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully was inspired, when he saw a shot of a fussing baby, to try to sing the child to sleep. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/18/vin-scully-lullaby?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 -0500 Classical news: Operas get trigger warnings Among this week's top news stories in the world of classical music: operas are increasingly being labeled for sensitive content, a horn great passes away, and Pekka Kuusisto gets jokey at the Proms. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/18/classical-news-operas-trigger-warnings?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Eaux Claires organ sculpture to remain in city permanently One of the most striking features of this past weekend's Eaux Claires music festival was the organ music emanating from a giant mesh sculpture right in the center of the festival grounds. Now, the sculpture will have a permanent home somewhere in the city of Eau Claire. http://www.yourclassical.org/story/2016/08/17/eaux-claires-organ-sculpture?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:47:00 -0500 Eaux Claires organ sculpture to remain in city permanently One of the most striking features of this past weekend's Eaux Claires music festival was the organ music emanating from a giant mesh sculpture right in the center of the festival grounds. Now, the sculpture will have a permanent home somewhere in the city of Eau Claire. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/17/eaux-claires-organ-sculpture?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:24:00 -0500 John Williams will return to score Star Wars Episode VIII Speaking from the stage at a Boston concert, John Williams confirmed that he will return to compose the score for the forthcoming 'Star Wars Episode VIII.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/16/john-williams-episode-viii?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:45:00 -0500 Top five film scores that capture the agony and the ecstasy of athletic competition Writing a score for a movie about sports competition is a challenge, but several great composers have risen to the occasion. Here are five scores that explore the highs and lows surrounding both fictional and nonfictional sports meets. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/05/film-scores-sports?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:48:00 -0500 Who needs 'Bad Moms' in movies? Opera is full of them Today, 'Bad Moms' hits theaters. It's a new movie, but bad moms are nothing new to operagoers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/29/bad-moms-opera?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:21:00 -0500 Watch Rufus Wainwright and a choir of 1,500 sing Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' Choir! Choir! Choir! are at it again - this time, wrangling 1,500 singers to accompany Rufus Wainwright in a performance of Leonard Cohen's classic 'Hallelujah.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/28/rufus-wainwright-hallelujah-choir?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:35:00 -0500 Where has classical music gone on mainstream TV? Famous classical musicians are lining up to appear on 'Mozart in the Jungle.' Why has the Amazon series about classical music become such a rarity? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/25/mozart-in-the-jungle-guest-stars?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:40:00 -0500 Classical music inspired by lakes Are you hanging out by a lake this summer? Here's some classical music to set the mood. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/20/classical-music-inspired-by-lakes?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:30:00 -0500 'Reverie': Lauren E. Rico turns up the heat in sexual thriller Lauren E. Rico, a classical radio host, has written a novel of sex and intrigue set in a conservatory. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/21/lauren-e-rico-reverie-review?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Study says classical calms A new study has found that classical music calms the body even more than simple silence does. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/07/study-says-classical-calms?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:20:00 -0500 What classical musicians are on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? It was just announced that Gustavo Dudamel will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He joins a long, eccentric list of classical musicians so honored. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/30/classical-musicians-hollywood-walk-of-fame?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:52:00 -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 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:40:00 -0500 Swede dreams: Cecilia Bartoli and Max Martin win Polar Music Prize Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is one of two Polar Music Prize winners this year; the other one is pop superproducer Max Martin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/17/polar-prize-cecilia-bartoli-max-martin?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:13:00 -0500 'Fargo' year two soundtrack hits vinyl The score and selected songs from the second season of 'Fargo' are now out on vinyl - including 1,000 copies that are ice white. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/14/fargo-year-two-soundtrack-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:00:00 -0500 Yannick Nezet-Seguin named Metropolitan Opera music director Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin has been named to succeed James Levine as music director at the Met. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/02/yannick-nezet-seguin-metropolitan-opera?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:49:00 -0500 Elephants love lullabies too Watch video of an elephant in Thailand falling asleep as her caretaker sings to her. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/31/elephant-lullaby?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2016 10:44:00 -0500 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' soundtrack coming out on hologram vinyl 'The Force Awakens' soundtrack is being released on vinyl - with an eye-popping special feature. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/27/star-wars-force-awakens-vinyl-hologram?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2016 10:23:00 -0500 The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours: Live blog Deutsche Grammophon have released a 24-disc box set titled 'The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours.' How better to listen to it than in 24 straight hours? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/24/history-classical-music-24-hours?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 09:01:00 -0500 Minnesota Music Day: All-local, all day May 21 is The Current's annual Minnesota Music Day - our playlist will be all-local, all day long. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/20/minnesota-music-day?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2016 00:00:01 -0500 Premiere: Fort Wilson Riot, 'How Do We Go' Listen to 'How Do We Go' - a sunny, synthy new single from the local band Fort Wilson Riot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/19/premiere-fort-wilson-riot-how-do-we-go?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 -0500 A newspaper deleted an opera review, and everyone's freaking out about it Critic Arthur Kapitainis has resigned from Canada's National Post after the paper deleted his online review of an opera. The incident is now the talk of the classical music world. Here's what happened, and why everyone's buzzing about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/19/canadian-opera-review-controversy?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 09:38:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Libby Cudmore's 'The Big Rewind' Jay Gabler reviews Libby Cudmore's new novel: a mystery that turns on a mixtape. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/16/libby-cudmore-big-rewind?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Astronautalis performs in The Current studio Astronautalis came by our studio to perform new songs from his album 'Cut the Body Loose.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/09/astronautalis-performs-in-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 14:01:00 -0500 Watch a 1,999-voice choir sing Prince's 'When Doves Cry' The people behind drop-in choral-singing series Choir! Choir! Choir! convened a choir of 1,999 voices to sing Prince's 'When Doves Cry' at Massey Hall in Toronto. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/09/prince-when-doves-cry-chorus?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 13:25:00 -0500 Minnesota Opera premieres a scary 'Shining' The Minnesota Opera's premiere of a new adaptation of Stephen King's novel 'The Shining' surges forward on the strength of Paul Moravec's electrifying music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/08/shining-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Sun, 08 May 2016 08:04:00 -0500 Why 'The Shining' is the best psychological horror film ever As the Minnesota Opera presents the world premiere of a new opera based on Stephen King's novel 'The Shining,' Jay Gabler writes about why the movie adaptation (which King has never liked) is such a classic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/05/shining-best-psychological-horror-film?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 11:06:00 -0500 How K-tel got the world 'Hooked on Classics' K-tel founder Philip Kives has died at age 87. The entrepreneur will be remembered among music fans as the man who got the world 'Hooked on Classics' with a series of novelty disco LPs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/29/hooked-on-classics?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:33:00 -0500 Music legend Prince dies at age 57 Prince, a multitalented musician who came out of the Minneapolis scene and changed the world of music forever, has died at age 57. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/21/prince-dies-57?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:11:00 -0500 Marian Anderson to appear on five-dollar bill The U.S. Treasury has announced new plans for American currency. Among the figures to be honored on the new currency is singer Marian Anderson, who will be featured on the five-dollar bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/20/marian-anderson-five-dollar-bill?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:15:00 -0500 'Hamilton,' Henry Threadgill win Pulitzer Prizes The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. Composer Henry Threadgill won the Pulitzer Prize for music, and the musical 'Hamilton' took the prize for drama. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/18/threadgill-hamilton-pulitzers?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:58:00 -0500 James Levine to retire from the Met The Metropolitan Opera has announced that, after 40 years as music director, conductor James Levine will retire from the role at the end of the current season. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/14/james-levine-retires-met?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:07:00 -0500 Tax day relaxation tips In the United States, April 18 is the day tax returns are due. Stressed out? Here are some tips for decompressing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/14/tax-day-relaxation-tips?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:12:00 -0500 Queen Elizabeth's 1947 letter about Prince Philip romance to be auctioned "The first time I remember meeting Philip was at the Royal Naval College." That's how a 1947 letter from Queen Elizabeth to writer Betty Shew begins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/13/queen-elizabeth-love-letter-auction?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:45:00 -0500 DMA's perform in The Current studio After playing for a rapt crowd at the Triple Rock Social Club, DMA's stopped by our studios to play a few songs and talk about their debut album 'Hills End.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/07/dmas-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:00:00 -0500 What do college students need to relax? What can colleges and universities do to help students stay calm, collected, and healthy? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/24/college-relax?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:44:00 -0500 What does Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla's CBSO appointment mean? 29-year-old Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla has been appointed music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. What does this herald for classical music? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/21/mirga-grazinyte-tyla-cbso?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:59:00 -0500 Coloring: Not just for kids anymore Adult coloring books are all the rage for people who want to escape...well, rage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/18/adult-coloring-books?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:09:00 -0500 Learning about your limitations as a musican: Readers respond Gwendolyn Hoberg's recent essay about being a musician who wonders whether she really wants to know how well she's playing struck a chord with our readers. Here are two responses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/15/musican-responses?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:19:00 -0500 How to get in shape? Try retiring A new study shows that retired people spend significantly more time exercising each week than do people who are working. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/14/retirement-fitness?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:08:00 -0500 Composer Peter Maxwell Davies dies at 81 Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, one of the most respected British composers of his generation, has died at age 81. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/14/peter-maxwell-davies-dies?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:26:00 -0500 Enter for a chance to win Michelle Leon's memoir 'I Live Inside' Michelle Leon, a founding member of Babes in Toyland, tells her story in a new memoir. You can enter for a chance to win a copy from The Current! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/14/michelle-leon-book-giveaway?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:44:00 -0500 What does relaxation smell like? What's the most relaxing smell? According to a German study, one scent can have an effect as strong as benzos. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/10/relaxation-smell?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:00:00 -0600 SNES to sleep: 'Secret of Mana' music turned to lullabies Video game composer Norihiko Hibino and pianist AYAKI have reimagined the music from the 1993 action game 'Secret of Mana' as an album of lullabies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/07/secret-of-mana-lullabies?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:16:00 -0600 Jade and Sean sign off as Morning Show co-hosts After 15 weeks, Jade and Sean are signing off as Morning Show co-hosts as Oake and Riley get ready to take over. Go 'Behind the Mic' as we explore the brief but (sort of) distinguished history of this dynamic duo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/03/jade-sean-morning-show?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 05:00:00 -0600 Australian prime minister tears up over Aboriginal lullaby Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was moved to tears during an interview in which he recalled a Ngunnawal lullaby while discussing the country's Indigenous Affairs policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/29/malcolm-turnbull-aboriginal-lullaby?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:48:00 -0600 Ennio Morricone wins Oscar for Best Original Score On Sunday night, legendary composer Ennio Morricone won his first non-honorary Academy Award: for his 'Hateful Eight' score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/28/ennio-morricone-oscar-win?refid=0 Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:05:00 -0600 Isolation tanks making a comeback Now called 'flotation therapy,' isolation tanks are making a comeback among those who want to relax by shutting the whole world out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/26/floatation-therapy?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:12:00 -0600 Composer Georg Friedrich Haas opens up about unconventional marriage Acclaimed composer Georg Friedrich Haas has opened up to the public about his unconventional marriage, which he says has transformed his work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/24/georg-friedrich-haas-sexuality?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:43:00 -0600 Listen to a haunting new recording of a 112-year-old Irish lullaby The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin recently released their first album, and it includes a gorgeous Irish lullaby that dates from 1904. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/22/irish-lullaby?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:40:00 -0600 Tantrums, LLC: Houston hole-in-the-wall sells relaxation via devastation Some people need to let steam off before they can relax. A new business in Houston is taking pillow-punching to a new level. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/19/tantrums-llc-houston?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:01:00 -0600 Check out this 'Star Wars Episode II' vinyl reissue John Williams's score for 'Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones' is getting a limited-edition vinyl reissue -- with disc colors to match Jango Fett's. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/19/star-wars-episode-ii-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0600 The broken heart behind Brahms's lullaby In a nifty -- and poignant -- video, the CBC tells the true story of the personal heartbreak that inspired Brahms's famous lullaby. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/18/brahms-lullaby-secret-love?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:08:00 -0600 113-year monopoly by male composers at the Met broken In its upcoming season, New York's Metropolitan Opera will stage Kaija Saariaho's 'L'Amour de Loin' -- the first opera written by a woman to be presented at the Met since 1903. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/18/metropolitan-opera-kaija-saariaho?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:49:00 -0600 Stephen Paulus leads 2016 classical Grammys winners The late Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus led 2016 Grammy winners in the classical categories, earning a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and having his work featured in the Best Classical Compendium. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/15/classical-grammys-winners?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:20:00 -0600 What's the difference between romantic music and Romantic music? Romantic music is often romantic, but it's always Romantic. Wait -- what? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/12/romantic-music?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:02:00 -0600 Cute alert: Watch a baby fall asleep to Brahms's lullaby Watch an adorable baby fall right to sleep when his dad plays the world's most famous lullaby. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/04/brahms-lullaby-video?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:38:00 -0600 The best wedding music playlist ever We've turned our stream of music for weddings into a playlist for you to enjoy whether you're choosing the music for your big day or just happily reminiscing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/03/wedding-music-playlist?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0600 Liquid Music: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra series melds genres and blows minds When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Think again, though. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/02/liquid-music-spco?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:00:00 -0600 GIFs: Little gateways to relaxation GIFs -- animated image files -- are becoming increasingly popular as relaxation aids. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/27/relaxation-gifs?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:41:00 -0600 Thula Mama: Composer Helen Yeomans leads U.K. mums in baby-on-board singalongs All parents enjoy singing to their babies -- but in the U.K., moms are getting organized and forming babes-in-arms choirs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/26/thula-mama?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:11:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: 'Everybody's Heard About the Bird' Rick Shefchik tells 'the true story of 1960s rock 'n' roll in Minnesota' in his new history 'Everybody's Heard About the Bird.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/21/everybodys-heard-about-the-bird-rick-shefchik?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:00:00 -0600 Caffeinated toothpaste? Yep, that's a thing now Does the world need caffeinated toothpaste? The inventors of a new tooth-care product are betting that people are looking for a buzz with their morning brushing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/20/power-toothpaste?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:10:00 -0600 Opinion: 2016 Oscar nominations are embarrassing for Hollywood With no actors of color nominated, and the year's indisputable popular favorite shut out in major categories, this year's Oscar nominations aren't going to slow Hollywood's slide away from relevance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/14/oscar-nominations-2016?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:50:00 -0600 Iconic musician David Bowie dies at age 69 One of the towering greats of 20th century music, Bowie influenced composers such as Philip Glass. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/11/david-bowie-dies-age-69?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:02:00 -0600 Rock icon David Bowie dies at age 69 Bowie was one of the towering greats of rock history, with an influence that extended far beyond the music world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/11/david-bowie-dies-69?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:35:00 -0600 'Mozart in the Jungle' wins two Golden Globes The Amazon series about classical music is sure to gain a wider audience after winning two 2016 Golden Globe Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/10/mozart-jungle-golden-globe?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jan 2016 19:28:00 -0600 Ennio Morricone wins Golden Globe for 'Hateful Eight' Ennio Morricone has won the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, for "The Hateful Eight." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/10/golden-globe-ennio-morricone?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:00:00 -0600 Did Pierre Boulez inspire Paul Simon's 'You Can Call Me Al'? According to multiple sources, Paul Simon's hit 'You Can Call Me Al' drew its most memorable lyrics from a meeting with the late composer Pierre Boulez. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/06/pierre-boulez-paul-simon-you-can-call-me-al?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:23:00 -0600 Pierre Boulez dies at 90 Pierre Boulez, one of the greatest composers and conductors of his time, has died at age 90. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/06/pierre-boulez-obituary?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:17:00 -0600 Ten tips for relaxing at work It's easy to get caught up in the stress of the work day. Here are some tips for catching your breath and renewing your focus on the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/05/tips-relax-work?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:22:00 -0600 Was the Force with Sir Malcolm Arnold? A reader has identified an English Dance by Sir Malcolm Arnold that sounds uncannily similar to John Williams's 'Force theme.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/31/malcolm-arnold-star-wars?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:22:00 -0600 In defense of 'Fantasia 2000' The 'Fantasia' follow-up, 60-plus years in the making, has been maligned by trufans. Still, argues Jay Gabler, 'Fantasia 2000' has much to recommend it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/30/in-defense-of-fantasia-2000?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:30:00 -0600 15 classical music stories everyone was talking about in 2015 Some people think of classical music as stately and unchanging -- but far from it, every year brings its share of drama. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/29/classical-music-stories-everyone-was-talking-about?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:34:00 -0600 'The Hateful Eight': Quentin Tarantino and Ennio Morricone revive the Spaghetti Western Enlisting storied film composer Ennio Morricone for his first Western score in 40 years, Quentin Tarantino brings the Spaghetti Western genre back with verve and style in 'The Hateful Eight.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/25/hateful-eight-review?refid=0 Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:01:00 -0600 When opera greats sing silly Christmas songs What happens when great opera singers perform some of the lighter numbers in the Christmas canon? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/24/opera-greats-sing-silly-christmas-songs?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:30:00 -0600 Who shot first? A quiz about the Star Wars trilogy before George Lucas tinkered with it How much do you remember about the ORIGINAL original Star Wars trilogy -- before the 'Special Edition' re-release in the '90s? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/17/star-wars-original-trilogy-quiz?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:33:00 -0600 Movies stream to play every Star Wars soundtrack on Dec. 18 To celebrate the release of 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,' YourClassical's Movies stream is playing nothing but Star Wars music on Dec. 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/16/star-wars-music-marathon?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:58:00 -0600 'The Force Awakens' opening and closing music was conducted by Gustavo Dudamel John Williams wrote and (mostly) conducted the music for the new 'Star Wars' film -- except for the iconic opening title and closing credits music, which was conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/15/dudamel-conducts-star-wars?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:35:00 -0600 A rousing rendition of Brahms's lullaby A satirical video demonstrates how Brahms's famous lullaby sounds when accompanied by snare drum. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/14/brahms-lullaby-snare-drum?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:45:00 -0600 Ennio Morricone, David Lang among 2016 Golden Globe nominees The 2016 Golden Globe nominees were announced on Dec. 9 -- and for fans of movie music, there were some exciting names on the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/11/golden-globe-music-nominations?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:00:00 -0600 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens': Ten things we know about the music John Williams's score has been kept under wraps as tightly as everything else about the new Star Wars movie 'The Force Awakens.' Here are ten things we know about the film's music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/10/star-wars-episode-vii-force-awakens-music?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:00:00 -0600 Tom Jones chronicles life in new autobiography, releases companion album As a gritty but evocative vocalist, Tom Jones helped lay the groundwork for generations of pop soul singers, and at 75, he's still rocking. He paired his new autobiography with a new album, and this is your chance to win an autographed copy of the record and memoir. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/09/tom-jones-over-the-top-and-back-giveaway?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:50:00 -0600 'Fargo' recap: It's just a flying saucer, honey The promise of a massacre at Sioux Falls is finally fulfilled. The "Fargo" body count hits double digits at the Motor Motel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/aw-jeez-fargo?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 13:07:06 -0600 Stephen Paulus leads Minnesota's Grammy nominees The late composer Stephen Paulus has work nominated in three categories of the 2016 Grammy Awards, and he's just one of several musicians with local ties who are in contention this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/08/stephen-paulus-grammy-nominations?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:05:00 -0600 Have John Williams's Star Wars prequel scores been thrown under the bus? Say what you will about the Star Wars prequels, one indisputably great thing about them is the score by returning hero John Williams. Has that music been unfairly neglected? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/03/star-wars-prequel-scores?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 11:11:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: John Fogerty's 'Fortunate Son' John Fogerty's new memoir 'Fortunate Son' is an informative and readable map through the long career of a great American musician. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/john-fogerty-fortunate-son-book-review?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:00:00 -0600 Classical music house-party organizer Groupmuse plans expansion Groupmuse, a service that facilitates the organization of classical music house shows, has launched a Kickstarter to expand its network -- warning that "Groupmuse will die" if the goal isn't reached. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/02/groupmuse-kickstarter?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:28:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jay Gabler, digital producer The Current's digital producer Jay Gabler shares his top songs and albums of 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-jay-gabler?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:50:00 -0600 How to take better baby photos Frustrated with the poor results you're getting when you try to photograph your baby? A few simple tricks can help improve your pics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/30/taking-baby-photos?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:45:00 -0600 Local Current to go all-Prince as soon as it snows Some Minnesotans dread the coming of the fall's first snow, and others look forward to it with excited anticipation. We've chosen the latter route. In fact, the first time it snows, we're going to have a party: a Prince party. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2015/10/local-current-to-go-all-prince-as-soon-as-it-snows/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:20:56 -0600 How to stay active on Turkey Day Enjoying a family feast on Thanksgiving isn't incompatible with staying active and sweating off at least a little bit of that stuffing. Here are a few easy ways to keep your body moving on Turkey Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/24/stay-active-thanksgiving?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:25:00 -0600 'Fargo' recap: The undertaker is coming Show creator Noah Hawley said last night's episode of 'Fargo' was one of his favorite in the series -- it was also one of the most brutal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/aw-jeez-fargo-episode-seven?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:17:45 -0600 Rufus Wainwright talks about 'Prima Donna' and the future of opera Rufus Wainwright, well-known as a pop vocalist, has just released a recording of his debut opera 'Prima Donna.' He told us about the inspiration for the opera, why he's proud of the new recording, and what he has planned next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/23/rufus-wainwright-interview?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:15:00 -0600 Who's who in the 'Star Wars' scores: Your guide to John Williams's musical motifs Get ready for 'The Force Awakens' by boning up on the musical motifs that composer John Williams has used to identify characters in the 'Star Wars' movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/18/star-wars-music-motifs?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:30:00 -0600 Itzhak Perlman to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom Violinist Itzhak Perlman is among 16 leaders from various fields who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on Nov. 24. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/17/itzhak-perlman-presidential-medal-freedom?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:00:00 -0600 The genius of the Minnesota Opera's 'Magic Flute' Jay Gabler says that the Minnesota Opera's reprise production of Mozart's 'Magic Flute,' with an innovative staging conceived by the theater company 1927, is a must-see. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/15/minnesota-opera-magic-flute-1927?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:25:00 -0600 From 'Bald Mountain' to 'Ave Maria': The hell-to-heaven 'Fantasia' climax 'Fantasia' had its world premiere 75 years ago today. As the climax of our anniversary coverage, Jay Gabler looks at the Mussorgsky-Schubert segment that ends the landmark animation classic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/13/fantasia-bald-mountain-ave-maria?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:01:00 -0600 Pentatonix to sing 'Star Wars' score at American Music Awards The classically-trained pop vocal group Pentatonix plan to sing - yes, SING - excerpts from John Williams's 'Star Wars' score on this year's American Music Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/12/pentatonix-star-wars-american-music-awards?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:09:00 -0600 'Fargo' music supervisor Marguerite Phillips talks about capturing the sound of Minnesota circa 1979 The FX series 'Fargo' is now in its second season. Music supervisor Marguerite Phillips told us about how she and showrunner Noah Hawley selected the many unforgettable music selections that are heard on the show -- from Gustav Mahler to Burl Ives. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/11/fargo-music-supervisor-marguerite-phillips-interview?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:25:00 -0600 'Fargo' recap: A rendezvous with destiny In episode five, it's all out war -- and Ronald Reagan has arrived, just in time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/fargo-aw-jeez-episode-five?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:55:49 -0600 Charlie Kirby: America's favorite ten-year-old conductor At ten years old, Charlie Kirby has been conducting professional symphony orchestras for 40% of his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/10/charlie-kirby-conductor?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:00:00 -0600 'Dance of the Hours': Inside the tongue-in-cheek 'Fantasia' ballet tribute The 'Dance of the Hours' segment in 'Fantasia' is the film's only direct parody of classical conventions - but it's also a loving tribute. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/04/dance-of-the-hours-fantasia?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:30:00 -0600 How Meco made 'Star Wars' music a disco sensation How did John Williams's 'Star Wars' music reach number one on the pop charts? Meco's hit single 'Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band' was just one of a number of pop interpretations of the score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/03/star-wars-top-40?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:00:00 -0600 Martin Scorsese planning Leonard Bernstein biopic Legendary director Martin Scorsese is planning to direct a movie about the life of Leonard Bernstein. Who should star? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/02/martin-scorsese-leonard-bernstein-biopic?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 10:54:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra has a 'Nightmare Before Christmas' The Minnesota Orchestra is one of several orchestras across the country that are celebrating the season by accompanying 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' with live performances of its score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/31/nightmare-before-christmas-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:18:00 -0500 Beethoven in 'Fantasia': Awesome, or awkward? When Disney's 'Fantasia' was originally released, the most controversial segment wan't the bit about evolution - it was the segment that had the temerity to change Beethoven's story for his Sixth Symphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/29/fantasia-beethoven-pastoral?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:54:00 -0500 Handel and Hendrix: Neighbors in London George Frederic Handel and Jimi Hendrix lived, during their respective lifetimes, in adjoining buildings in London. Now, a Hendrix shrine is being added to the existing Handel museum. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/28/handel-hendrix-london?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:28:00 -0500 Star Wars music: What were John Williams's classical influences? As 'The Force Awakens' extends John Williams's remarkable 'Star Wars' series score, we look at the classical compositions that influenced the great film composer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/20/star-wars-john-williams-influences?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:00:00 -0500 'Fargo' recap: A real 'High Noon' day Not only is there crime and chaos on the prairie, those mysterious lights in the sky keep dancing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/27/fargo-recap-episode-three?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:43:00 -0500 Maureen O'Hara, 'Queen of Technicolor,' dies at 95 Maureen O'Hara, one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Cinema, has died at age 95. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/26/maureen-ohara-dies?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:27:00 -0500 Violinist Mia Matsumiya exposes a decade of online harassment Many women are subject to online harassment - and classical musicians are no exception. One professional violinist is sharing some of the profoundly offensive messages she's received over the course of her career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/21/mia-matsumiya?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:36:00 -0500 Elvis Costello chronicles life in new memoir and companion soundtrack Elvis Costello paired his new memoir with a two-disc "soundtrack album" that includes some of his greatest hits as well as rarities, an early recording, and two previously unreleased songs, and you could win an autographed copy with The Current's <em>Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink</em> Grand Prize Giveaway. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/14/elvis-costello-unfaithful-music-disappearing-ink-giveaway?refid=0 Sat, 17 Oct 2015 14:50:00 -0500 YouTube's highest-earning music star is a violinist Violinist Lindsey Stirling has made over $6 million from YouTube streams over the past 12 months. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/16/youtube-highest-paid-music-star-lindsey-stirling?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Iconic record store wants to turn classical section into marijuana dispensary Amoeba Music has applied to turn the classical and jazz room of its famous Berkeley store into a dispensary for medical marijuana. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/13/amoeba-classical-marijuana?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0500 Ten great Halloween costumes for babies 'Tis the season for everyone to don scary apparel - or, if you're a baby, super cute spooky looks. Here are ten great ideas for Halloween costumes for the youngest family members. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/12/great-baby-halloween-costumes?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:45:00 -0500 Ten things wedding guests actually SHOULD be charged for A pair of Minnesota newlyweds got national attention when they actually sent two no-show guests a bill for the meals they didn't eat at. As long as we're drafting invoices, here are a few other things newlyweds might consider charging guests for. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/06/things-to-bill-for-wedding?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:00:00 -0500 More than music: The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club The Current is about more than music: we like to read, too, and we know many of our listeners do as well. That's why we created The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/06/rock-and-roll-book-club?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:42:00 -0500 'Rite of Spring': A classic 'Fantasia' segment, whether Stravinsky liked it or not In 'Fantasia,' Walt Disney used Igor Stravinsky's infamous ballet to soundtrack the sweep of early evolution. Stravinsky grew to hate it, but the segment's impact is undeniable. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/05/rite-spring-fantasia?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:11:00 -0500 'The Events' at the Guthrie Theater: Local choirs help tell a tragic tale Local choirs take turns sharing the stage with the actors in 'The Events,' a dramatic exploration of mass shootings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/03/events-guthrie-theater?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 09:21:00 -0500 Kendrick Lamar to perform with National Symphony Orchestra Pop stars have been performing with orchestras since as long as there have been pop stars, but an upcoming orchestral collaboration featuring hip-hop pathbreaker Kendrick Lamar looks to be particularly exciting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/29/kendrick-lamar-national-symphony-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:22:00 -0500 Clash at Carnegie Hall: Why is the famous venue's chairman resigning? After less than a year as chairman of Carnegie Hall, Ronald Perelman is stepping down. Why? He's pointing a finger at his fellow board members, who are defending themselves against charges of financial mismanagement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/28/carnegie-hall-dispute-perelman?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:35:00 -0500 What's the Pope's anthem? With the Pope in America, we're hearing a lot of the Pontifical Anthem. Did you know it was written by classical composer Charles Gounod? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/24/national-anthem-holy-see-pope?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0500 Gramophone Awards 2015: Abbado's Bruckner bags top prize This year's Gramophone Award for Recording of the Year went to Claudio Abbado's recording of Bruckner's Ninth with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Paavo Järvi scooped Artist of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement award went to Bernard Haitink. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/22/gramophone-awards-abbado-bruckner?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:37:00 -0500 Rufus Wainwright opera 'Prima Donna' comes to disc Rufus Wainwright says that his opera "Prima Donna" was "written and performed during the most dramatic period of my life to date, and considering my life, that's pretty dramatic." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/21/rufus-wainwright-prima-donna?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:23:00 -0500 "Symphony for the City of the Dead": M.T. Anderson tells the story of Shostakovich for young readers A new book for young adult readers tells the gripping story of the Siege of Leningrad and Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/18/symphony-city-dead-mt-anderson-shostakovich?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:52:00 -0500 Was Liszt the sexiest composer of all time? Who's the hunkiest composer in the classical canon? One writer says that it's got to be Franz Liszt, a virtuoso whose heyday made crowds swoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/17/liszt-sexiest-composer?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:18:00 -0500 Did this Minnesota couple invent the wedding hashtag? Almost every wedding now has its own hashtag, encouraging guests to share their experiences on social media. What couple started this trend? BuzzFeed thinks it's found the pair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/16/first-couple-wedding-hashtag?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:28:00 -0500 Putting your baby to sleep - with light? New developments in lighting technology may help many - including babies - get a sounder night's sleep. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/15/sleepy-baby-lightbulb?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:00:00 -0500 #WeddingPhotoGate: When are a photographer's rights violated? A wedding DJ ignited a social media firestorm when he shared photos of a wedding, inspiring a protest by the official wedding photographer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/14/wedding-photos-dj-controversy?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:00:00 -0500 Tommy Stinson performs in The Current studios Just before playing a sold-out show at the Turf Club, Tommy Stinson stopped by The Current to play some new music (and an Arthur-Crudup-via-Elvis cover) and to talk with Jim McGuinn about his life and his bands - both his current touring band and another one you might have heard of, the Replacements. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/13/tommy-stinson-performs-in-the-current-studios?refid=0 Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:21:00 -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 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:00:00 -0500 Hilary Hahn announces birth of daughter Zelda Violinist Hilary Hahn has announced the birth of her first child: a daughter named Zelda. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/09/hilary-hahn-daughter-zelda?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:42:00 -0500 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 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 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 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