Minnesota Public Radio features by Vaughn Ormseth http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=51 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 22 May 2018 01:29:44 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Vaughn Ormseth http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Bring the Sing draws vocal community to Iowa's Luther College On April 14, Bring the Sing ventured outside Minnesota for the first time for the final event of its 2017-18 season in an undisputed hotbed of choral music: Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Check out the photos and audio from this wonderful vocal get-together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/10/bring-the-sing-draws-vocal-community-to-luther-college-in-decorah-iowa?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Bring the Sing makes triumphant return to Duluth, the city where it began Bring the Sing made its third visit to Duluth's College of St. Scholastica on March 24, drawing community singers from around Minnesota's Northland and elsewhere to blend their voices with the college's own singers. Check out the photos and audio from this wonderful vocal get-together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/18/bring-the-sing-makes-triumphant-return-to-duluth?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Ice music on frozen instruments reverberates at Luminary Loppet in Minneapolis Perhaps the Twin Cities' most magical event all year is the Luminary Loppet, a highlight of the urban cross-country ski festival's string of winter events. This year's event on Saturday, Feb. 3, added some quintessentially Minnesota attractions, including music performed solely on instruments carved of frozen water. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/02/ice-music-on-frozen-instruments-will-reverberate-at-luminary-loppet?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Mirandola Ensemble visits Minnesota State Academy for Blind as Class Notes Artists Class Notes Artists made its first visit to the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind on Monday with a performance by the Mirandola Ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/01/mirandola-ensemble-visits-minnesota-state-academy-for-the-blind?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Varsity oboist goes viral with 'Toxic' video Oboist Sarrah Bushara first came to our attention as a Minnesota Varsity Showcase Artist in 2014 and '15. But these days, she and two colleagues at the Curtis Institute of Music are scoring millions of views thanks to a video that has gone viral on social media. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/22/minnesota-varsity-oboist-goes-viral-with-toxic-video?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Varsity's Nygel Witherspoon reaches new heights Cellist Nygel Witherspoon has enjoyed more success since his performance last spring at the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert, including an appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra and a front-page newspaper profile. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/08/minnesota-varsitys-nygel-witherspoon-reaches-new-heights?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0600 Bring the Sing draws the circle wide in Fargo-Moorhead On Oct. 14, the mass choral event Bring the Sing brought another community together as one voice, two cities famous for their choral traditions: Fargo and Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/15/bring-the-sing-draws-the-circle-wide-in-fargomoorhead?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0600 Highlights from Bring the Sing in Collegeville In April, Bring the Sing brought its community-choir magic to the birthplace of Classical MPR, Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., capping a two-day celebration there of MPR's 50th anniversary. G. Phillip Shoultz, III led choirs from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, as well as nearly 400 singers drawn from central Minnesota and from around the state. Listen to audio highlights and view a slideshow of photos from the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/22/highlights-from-bring-the-sing-in-collegeville?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0500 Meet Class Notes Artists: Gaelynn Lea Duluth's Gaelynn Lea has led a fast-paced and widely-traveled life since winning NPR's Tiny Desk Concert competition in March of 2016. She recently toured Minnesota schools as one of Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/22/meet-class-notes-artists-gaelynn-lea?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:50:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra's Roderick Cox describes what inspires him On Friday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m., Classical Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast the concert debut of Minnesota Orchestra Associate Conductor Roderick Cox. Earlier this month, at an event at MPR, Cox spoke about how he became a conductor, what inspires his work, and his evolving connection to the ensemble. Listen to Cox's interview with 'Performance Today' host Fred Child. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/20/minnesota-orchestras-roderick-cox-describes-what-inspires-him?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:30:00 -0600 Exploring the kinship between baroque and jazz On the surface, early music and jazz don't appear to have so much in common, but the two share a deep kinship. On Friday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 13, Consortium Carissimi perform concerts that consciously explore this kinship through an alternating series of early Baroque madrigals and newly commissioned settings by jazz composer Jeremy Walker. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/11/exploring-the-kinship-between-baroque-and-jazz?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:30:00 -0600 Class Notes: Teacher Tutorial This video -- produced with and for teachers -- gives an overview of Classical MPR's Music for Learning resources, demonstrating how to use and adapt them for your unique classroom needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/03/class-notes-teacher-tutorial?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:50:00 -0500 Rose Ensemble concerts provide powerful points of connection Classical MPR's Vaughn Ormseth recently attended the Rose Ensemble's 'Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land' concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall. 'I was not expecting to be quite so moved,' Ormseth writes. Read his reaction to this concert program, which continues this week with dates in the Minnesota cities of Detroit Lakes, Marshall and Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/28/rose-ensemble-concerts-provide-powerful-points-of-connection?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:50:00 -0500 Highlights from 2016 Bring the Sing 2016 was the first year for Classical MPR's Bring the Sing -- a community event that is equal parts sing-along and community gathering. Peruse our gallery of photos and see video highlights from this year's events in Duluth and St. Paul! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/01/highlights-from-2016-bring-the-sing?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:50:00 -0500 A purple tribute at Los Angeles' Disney Hall After hearing the news on Thursday that Prince had died, a choir of high school singers, led by American Public Media's choral maestro Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and the Los Angeles Master Chorale's artistic director Grant Gershon, paid tribute to Prince with a version of 'Purple Rain.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/22/a-purple-tribute-at-los-angeles-disney-hall?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:00:00 -0500 Watch video of a global choir's Hallelujah Chorus Last month, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir invited singers from around the world to upload video performances in their own voice parts of the Hallelujah Chorus to a specified tempo. More than 2,500 singers from countries as wide ranging as Kiribati, Chile, Russia, and England (among dozens of others), did so. Watch the video of the resulting virtual chorus. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/15/watch-video-of-a-global-choirs-hallelujah-chorus?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:30:00 -0500 Classical MPR brings instruments to Central High School After hearing about Classical MPR's instrument sharing program, Play It Forward, long time music teacher and bandleader David Rasmussen willed his extensive instrument collection to Central High School's band program. Students received 18 instruments from that collection last Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/09/classical-mpr-brings-instruments-to-central-high-school?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:20:00 -0600 Derrick Stevens lends his talents to coaching kids at FAIR School Along with Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, The Current's Production Manager Derrick Stevens lent his skills and stories to a rehearsal of the vocal-music students at the FAIR School in Minneapolis. The students will soon be performing 'Glory,' the Oscar-winning song by John Legend and Common. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/17/derrick-stevens-lends-his-talents-to-coaching-kids-at-fair-school?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:30:02 -0600 Public radio producer coaches kids at FAIR School Along with Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, The Current's Production Manager Derrick Stevens lent his skills and stories to a rehearsal of the vocal-music students at the FAIR School in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/17/public-radio-producer-coaches-kids-at-fair-school?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:20:00 -0600 Vigil for Paris terror victim inspires recording of Minnesota composer's piece Jonathan Talberg, director of the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir at California State University, Long Beach, led his choir in song at a vigil for CSULB student Nohemi Gonzalez, who died in the Paris terror attacks. Afterwards, Talberg was inspired to record a performance of Minneapolis composer Jake Runestad's 'Let My Love Be Heard.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/18/minnesota-composers-music-helps-memorialize-paris-terror-victim?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:50:00 -0600 VIDEO: a choral performance in an Icelandic hot spring When the host of a French travel program asked if a group of men in an Icelandic hot spring knew one another, it turns out they did: All are members of a men's choir. The choir treated the TV crew to an impromptu choral performance, even as they were up to their shoulders in steaming water. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/03/video-a-choral-performance-in-an-icelandic-hot-spring?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:20:00 -0600 Kenneth Jennings: 1925-2015 We were saddened to learn that Kenneth Jennings, the third conductor of the renowned St. Olaf Choir, which he led from 1968 until 1990, died early on Thursday. As more details become available, we'll share them here. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/20/kenneth-jennings-19252015?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:40:00 -0500 Class Notes: Mexican Music In the Class Notes video Mexican Music: Celebration, Rhythm, and History we meet Mexican composer Julio Morales, who gives us a taste of the music from the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, where he was born in Tampico, and Veracruz, where he currently lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/28/class-notes-mexican-music-?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500 A tenor's-eye view of choral music Sociologists speak of class envy, students of grade envy, and Freudians speak of penis envy - but in the choral world (and is what is the choral world, after all, but a trembling microcosm of the very world itself?) it's tenor envy that seethes just beneath the surface, erupting now and then in sometimes cruel, other times amusing ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/01/tenors-eye-view-choral-music?refid=0 Sat, 23 May 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Class Notes: Give & Take -- How to Respond to Feedback The Class Notes video "Give & Take: How to Respond to Feedback" uses humor and contrast to show what feedback looks like and how it helps musicians perform their best. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/07/class-notes-give--take-how-to-respond-to-feedback?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Class Notes: How do composers compose? In the Class Notes video "How Do Composers Compose?" we are given a glimpse into the creative process with composer Jake Runestad, who answers a range of questions from "What do composers do?" to "Where do you like to compose?" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/28/class-notes-how-do-composers-compose?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0500 Class Notes: Major and Minor -- What's the Difference? In the Class Notes video "Major and Minor: What's the Difference?" Jack the Lumberjack and Oliver, his tiny feathered friend, help us understand these ideas and how they can create a particular mood, atmosphere, or intensity in a piece of music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/13/class-notes-major-and-minor--whats-the-difference?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:00:00 -0500 Composer Kevin Puts is making a mark in Minnesota Composer Kevin Puts's ties to Minnesota continue to grow. This weekend, his Minnesota Opera commission -- The Manchurian Candidate -- premieres in St. Paul. Puts recently spoke with Classical MPR's Emily Reese. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/04/composer-kevin-puts-is-making-a-mark-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:45:00 -0600 Class Notes: The Musical Round: A Roundabout Tale In the Class Notes video "The Musical Round: A Roundabout Tale," we learn how rounds work, and how in turn they welcome us to engage in harmony and polyphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/03/class-notes-a-roundabout-tale?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:40:00 -0600 Class Notes: The Woodwinds Family In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Woodwinds Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of woodwind instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/10/class-notes-the-woodwinds-family?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:40:00 -0600 Class Notes: The Brass Family In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Brass Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of the trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/20/class-notes-the-brass-family?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:50:00 -0600 Class Notes: The Percussion Family In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Percussion Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/18/class-notes-the-percussion-family?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:50:00 -0600 Class Notes: The Strings Family In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Strings Family," we are introduced to an eccentric, outdated computer named Tommis, who provides an overview of the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and the harp. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/25/class-notes-the-strings-family?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:50:00 -0600 Class Notes: Dvorak in the New World In our latest Class Notes video, we follow the travels of Antonin Dvorak from Europe to New York City and the American Midwest, arriving at last at Minnehaha Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/04/class-notes-dvorak-in-the-new-world?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:50:00 -0600 Class Notes: What Music Shares with Art This Class Notes video is a short, vibrant tour of several of the connections between art and music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/23/class-notes-what-music-shares-with-art?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Class Notes: A Look Inside the Score In this Class Notes video, we get an overview of what's in a score: clefs, notes, signatures, instrumentation, and other elements that musicians refer to when they perform. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/23/class-notes-whats-in-a-score?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Class Notes: What to Do at a Concert The Class Notes video What To Do at a Concert is designed to help teachers clarify some of the expectations for classical audiences. It uses humor to get at the heart of why classical music calls for a more expansive share of our attention than other kids of performance do, and why it's worth doing so. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/23/class-notes-what-to-do-at-a-concert?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Class Notes: What Does a Conductor Do? This Class Notes video answers the question "What Does a Conductor Do?" The vibrant American conductor Sarah Hicks interacts directly with the young students in the video to spark their interest in the conductor's art and give them a taste of the great music it expresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/19/class-notes-what-does-a-conductor-do?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Class Notes: What's in a Title? The Class Notes video What's in a Title? offers teachers a fun way to dispel some of the confusion classical titles can cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/19/class-notes-whats-in-a-title?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Class Notes: Freeing Music Improvisation This Class Notes video, Freeing Music: Improvisation, is designed to help teachers introduce students the kind of improvisation and ornamentation typical of Baroque music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/19/class-notes-freeing-music-improvisation?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:50:00 -0500 Class Notes: How to Sing Well Singing is a natural act, and using a few basic practices from this new video from Classical MPR, we can establish the foundation for a lifetime of the joy and richness it brings ourselves and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/17/class-notes-how-to-sing-well?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:20:00 -0500 Teaching appreciation and understanding for Native American music and culture with Lyz Jaakola As a composer, singer, instrumentalist, and leader, Lyz Jaakola is an extraordinary ambassador for Ojibwe-Anishinaabe music and culture. In this video, Jaakola takes us through various kinds of Ojibwe musical expression, and offering historical and traditional insights along the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/29/teaching-appreciation-and-understanding-for-native-american-music-and-culture-with-lyz-ja?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:06:52 -0500 Class Notes: How Notes and Beats Go Together Teaching and learning about the duration of musical notes can be challenging. This new video from Classical MPR makes that process 'upbeat' and fun without oversimplifying the basic concepts behind note duration and rhythm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/26/class-notes-how-notes-and-beats-go-together-?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:20:00 -0500 New All the Time Now just emerging from the winter of 2012/13, which bared its teeth well into May, Minnesotans are perhaps the best-equipped in the lower 48 to appreciate what Igor Stravinsky was up to when he composed <em>The Rite of Spring</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/29/stravinsky-bernstein-la-sacre-du-printeps-rite-of-spring?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 10:00:00 -0500 For the Love of Michael American Public Media's Vaughn Ormseth considers what Michael Steinberg's work meant to his readers and the artists he championed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/30/for_the_love_of_michael_steinberg?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 16:50:19 -0500 Free Download of Thomas Hampson's 'Song of America' recital! Thomas Hampson chose America's heartland - specifically Minnesota's bluff country - to kick off his Song of America tour. He gave a spectacular recital from three centuries of song at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona. You can download the concert for free as well as Hampson's musings on the music he loves so dearly. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/10/thomas_hampson_winona?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:15:46 -0500 Dale Warland Singers visit Saint Paul Sunday for the last time Dale and his singers have brought twelve programs to Saint Paul Sunday, each one demonstrating the depth, beauty, and scrupulous craft that have become their signature. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/24_sps_dws_final/?refid=0 Sun, 23 May 2004 09:00:00 -0500 The Spirit Lives Minnesota festival presents a premier work by one of the world's leading composers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/12_ormsethv_composer/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600