Minnesota Public Radio features by Michael Barone http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=95 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 22 May 2018 01:25:46 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Michael Barone http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Join us Saturday for Before Bach's Birthday Bash On Saturday, March 17, 2018, we'll celebrate the 333rd birthday of Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach a little early with a daylong event we call Before Bach's Birthday Bash! This year's activities feature five free hourlong public concerts of Bach's music, presented at five St. Paul churches. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/12/join-us-for-before-bachs-birthday-bash?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Onetime Classical MPR host Bill Parker dies Bill Parker, a popular host at Classical Minnesota Public Radio in the 1970s and '80s, died on Jan. 15. Host Michael Barone fondly recalls Parker's time at MPR and working with him. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/18/onetime-classical-mpr-host-bill-parker-dies?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Before Bach's Birthday Bash On Saturday, March 18, 2017, we'll celebrate the 332nd birthday of Baroque master, Johann Sebastian Bach, with a day-long Before Bach's Birthday Bash! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/16/before-bachs-birthday-bash?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:01:00 -0500 From the Mailbag: Alain in Africa? Some insight into Jehan Alain's Second Fantasy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/05/alain?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:17:10 -0500 A Before Bach's Birthday Bash On Saturday, March 19, 2016, we'll celebrate the 331st birthday of Baroque master, Johann Sebastian Bach, with a day-long Before Bach's Birthday Bash! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/18/a-before-bachs-birthday-bash-?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:50:00 -0500 Remembering David Willcocks On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at 1 p.m. Central, the Memorial Concert for Sir David Willcocks will air on our Choral Stream. Willcocks, who died in September at age 95, was one of the great choral directors of King's College, Cambridge. Classical host Michael Barone reflects on the life and music of Willcocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/03/remembering-david-willcocks?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:50:00 -0600 Remembering Organist and Music Director John Gavin Scott John Gavin Scott -- director of music at St. Thomas Church, New York City, and one of the world's most highly regarded musicians, organists, and choral conductors -- passed away this week at the age of 59. Michael Barone remembers Scott's extraordinary career and lasting legacy in this heartfelt tribute. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/13/remembering-organist-and-music-director-john-gavin-scott?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:43:34 -0500 A conversation with Andrew Carwood Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral, London, since 2007, Andrew Carwood has been conducting choirs since he was 16 years old. He recently described what it's like to sing at St. Paul's Cathedral and the music program he oversees there. "It's very exciting for me," he says. "I like to encourage the boys to sing as well as they possibly can." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/21/a-conversation-with-andrew-carwood?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:50:00 -0500 La musica bonita del Cuarteto Latinoamericano Dedicated to the works of Latin American composers, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano will be performing in St. Cloud, Minn., this weekend. Michael Barone chatted with violinist Saul Bitran shortly after he arrived at the MSP airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/20/la-musica-bonita-del-cuarteto-latinoamericano?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:20:00 -0500 Bach's Birthday Bash proves progressive party As Michael Barone makes clear, one does not skimp on J.S. Bach's 330th birthday. Barone details a series of performances in honor of the great composer, held at various venues throughout the city of Minneapolis on Saturday, March 21. The first hour of festivities will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/20/bachs-birthday-bash-proves-progressive-party?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:50:00 -0500 How a Pipe Organ Works Behind the Facade: A Listener's Guide to the Pipe Organ http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/15/how-a-pipe-organ-works?refid=0 Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:30:55 -0500 In Memoriam: Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares his personal reflection on the life and work of Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus (Aug. 24, 1949 - Oct. 19, 2014). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/20/in-memoriam-minnesota-composer-stephen-paulus?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Happy Birthday, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski Last February, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota hosted a huge 90th birthday celebration at Orchestra Hall for Emeritus Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Listen to this concert broadcast on Classical MPR on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/03/happy-birthday-stanislaw-skrowaczewski?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:50:00 -0500 A Bach's Birthday Summit Friday, March 21, is the birthday of J.S. Bach. Last Saturday, a number of musicians celebrated a progressive birthday party in a number of venues along St. Paul's Summit Avenue. Relive the experience in audio and pictures. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/21/a-bachs-birthday-summit?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:50:00 -0500 Interview: Tapestry vocal ensemble Members of the Boston-based vocal ensemble Tapestry join Classical MPR's Michael Barone for a fun and casual conversation ahead of their concert on Saturday, March 15, in St. Cloud, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/14/interview-tapestry-vocal-ensemble?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:50:00 -0500 Before Bach's Birthday Bash For Michael Barone, one day is not enough to celebrate the birthday of J.S. Bach. It's why he began the tradition of Before Bach's Birthday Bash. Read about what's in store for this year's festivities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/13/before-bachs-birthday-bash?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:00:00 -0500 An early Samuel Barber cantata is premiered Iain Quinn, Associate Professor of Organ at Florida State University in Tallahassee, recently completed a reconstruction of an early work by American composer Samuel Barber. It's a miniature holiday cantata titled "Christmas Eve". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/19/an-early-samuel-barber-cantata-is-performed-for-first-time?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:30:00 -0600 Bemidji concert bridges 'Between Two Cultures' Hear the combined power of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji State University Concert Choir and Bemidji Chorale performing Brahms' Requiem Op. 45 followed by music celebrating the Native American culture and tradition, including Russell Peterson's symphonic suite <i>Between Two Cultures</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/18/bemidji-symphony-orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:30:00 -0500 Bach Looks Back It is perhaps worth remembering that on July 28 back in 1750, one of the great musical minds of western culture closed his eyes for the last time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/26/js-bach-pipedreams?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:42:57 -0500 Westminster Cathedral Choir in Concert Tune in on April 9 at 8 p.m. for an encore broadcast of the Westminster Choir performing in Collegeville as part of the 50th anniversary of the Saint John's Abbey and University Church. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/05/westminster-cathedral-choir-in-concert?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:45:00 -0500 The Flanders Recorder Quartet at St. Mary's Cathedral Flanders is a lively center for recorder playing and building, so (not unexpectedly) this ensemble represented the best of the best. With charming music and an engaging personal delivery, three guys blew on their little wooden sticks and made for magical moments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/11/flanders-recorder-quartet?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov conquers Twin Cities Daniil Trifonov's Twin Cities debut on Sunday for the Chopin Society proved him a compelling advocate for the grand romantic repertoire, and a virtuoso of the highest order. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/05/young-russian-conquers-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Images from the Dark Land: An experimental take on tradition Michael Barone and Samuel Kjellberg give us a look behind the Miro String Quartet's performance of George Crumb's experimental 1970 piece "Black Angels." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/11/images-from-the-dark-land?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:26:45 -0500 Party on Saturday for Johann Bach's Birthday is Monday and we celebrate all day this Saturday with a cycle of free hour-long concerts at five Saint Paul churches. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/18/bach_birthday_bash?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 In the queue at King's College Last year, Michael Barone was in Cambridge for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College Chapel. In the few hours before the show began, he talked with a number of people who had stood in line for hours during some particularly nasty weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/23/kings-college-queue?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:10:21 -0600 Christopher Herrick in Wayzata As a young chorister called out of study-hall to turn pages for the organist at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Christopher Herrick was captivated by the power and variety of sound that an organist commands and decided on the spot that he wanted to become an organist himself. This world-travelling recitalist plays in Wayzata this Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/20/christopher-herrick?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:08:23 -0500 Chelsea Chen's joy-filled organ recital this Friday in Saint Paul Whether in the traditional repertoire, new music, orchestral transcriptions or her original compositions, organist Chelsea Chen conveys a joyful musicianship and infectious delight in the infinite possibilities of the King of Instruments. She's in town for a recital this Friday night at Bethel University. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/30/chelsea_chen?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Barbara Dennerlein pulls out all stops for jazz The organ is not unknown in the jazz world, but few jazz organists use their feet to play the bass line. Barbara Dennerlein is one of a kind, in that she plays it all. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/07/barbara_dennerlein?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:00:34 -0500 Beyond the Blue Tango Keyboard player Jelani Eddington has made special transcriptions of the popular orchestral music of Leroy Anderson in celebration of the composer's upcoming birth centenary on June 29. You can understand why the American Theater Organ Society voted Eddington Organist of the Year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/23/pipedreams_eddington?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:23:19 -0500 Behind the regal voices of the King's College Chapel Choir For more than 20 years, Stephen Cleobury has been director of music at King's College in Cambridge, England, and directs the King's College Choir. Minnesota Public Radio's Michael Barone spoke with Cleobury about his life as the leader of the world-renowned boys' choir. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/kingscollegechoir?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 The sound of Wendy When the Ordway Center in St. Paul, Minn., announced recently that Wendy Knox would be directing the holiday production of "The Sound of Music," it raised a lot of eyebrows - including her own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/soundofwendy?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Gene Gutche: He did it his way The University of Minnesota and Schubert Club of St. Paul salute this colorful figure in the Twin Cities' classical music pantheon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/12/gene_gutche?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:49:01 -0500 Minneapolis organist premieres 70-year-old symphony A 70-year-old organ symphony will receive its Midwest premiere this weekend in Minneapolis. Minnesota Public Radio's Michael Barone talks with Raymond Johnston, the organist who'll perform the piece. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/johnstononfriedell?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:00:00 -0500 Reflections on Bach's Birthday Cellist Pablo Casals called Bach's creations &quot;the greatest and purest music of all time.&quot; We'll be hearing a lot of Bach's music this week as we celebrate his 319th birthday. Five Minnesota Public Radio hosts share personal reflections. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0403_bach/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2004 09:00:00 -0600 The St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, MN Spanning nine centuries of history, the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London, has established itself as one of the major forces in British church music today. The group visited the Twin Cities' own Cathedral of Saint Paul in October 2003, and we'll hear a broadcast of that performance. The program includes outstanding British repertoire, plus the world premiere of a new work by VocalEssence composer-in-residence Cary John Franklin, based on Psalm 8 http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0401_st_pauls/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Berlioz 200th birthday celebration Hector Berlioz was one of the most extraordinary composers of the 19th century. He lived during a time when German composers dominated the music world, and when France was less interested in music than literary works. So, it was not until the 20th century that his sheer brilliance and initiative was fully recognized. Join host Michael Barone for this special four-hour program dedicated to the works and life of Berlioz. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0312_berlioz/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Masterwork Symphonies of Beethoven Professor David B. Levy of Wake Forest University and MPR's Michael Barone explore the masterwork Symphonies of Beethoven, movement by movement with musical examples. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0308_beethoven/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2003 09:00:00 -0500 John Adamsâ &quot;El Niño&quot; The premiere recording of Adams's oratorio, which blends the biblical Nativity story with writings from the Apocrypha, medieval writers, and Latin-American poets, including Gabriela Mistral and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Read about the performance, and listen to the interview with composer John Adams. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0212_holiday/el_nino.shtml/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2002 09:00:00 -0600 The Saint-Gaudens in Boston Common:A Tribute to Colonel Shaw and His Colored Regiment On October 31, 1998, Hugh Wolff and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performed Three Places in New England by Charles Ives. These musical postcards evoke American places and experiences, including the memorial to Colonel Shaw and the 54th Regiment that fought in the Civil War. Here is the statue and it's inscription that inspired Ives. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/9902_spco_poems/?refid=0 Sat, 13 Feb 1999 09:00:00 -0600