Minnesota Public Radio features by John Birge http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=96 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:13:32 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by John Birge http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Moveable Feast: Road Trip to LeMars, Iowa With Labor Day weekend upon us, it may be time for a road trip. How about checking out the Ice Cream Capital of the World? You'll find it in LeMars, Iowa, as John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton describe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/29/moveable-feast-road-trip-to-lemars-iowa?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: State Fair food, 2014 edition It's State Fair time, which means it's time to try some new comestible inventions created just for the occasion. That's why John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about State Fair foods on this week's Moveable Feast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/22/moveable-feast-state-fair-food-2014-edition-hutton?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Hennepin Theatre District With the Broadway season returning to the Hennepin Theatre District in Minneapolis, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to go for that pre-show meal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/15/moveable-feast-hennepin-theatre-district?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Eating in Minneapolis Parks The menu options in Minneapolis Parks have increased greatly in recent years, a fact not lost on John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton, who cover this topic on this week's Moveable Feast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/08/moveable-feast-eating-in-minneapolis-parks?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Fringe Fest Eats The Minnesota Fringe Festival opened yesterday with hundreds of performances. Where can one go for a quick bite or a refreshing drink? That's what John Birge and <i>Minnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton talk about this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/01/moveable-feast-fringe-fest-eats?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Sustainability The word 'sustainability' is heard often; John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss sustainability in the context of eating out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/25/moveable-feast-sustainability?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Cakes John Birge and Rachel Hutton celebrate a year of their Movable Feast conversations with their picks for the best cakes in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/17/cakes-moveable-feast?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 My Fair Lady: She Thinks She's Got It! Actress Helen Anker and Musical Director Andrew Cooke visit John Birge in studio to perform a couple of songs from 'My Fair Lady' and to talk about the new production at the Guthrie Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/17/my-fair-lady-she-thinks-she-s-got-it?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:30:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Vive la France With Bastille Day swiftly approaching on July 14, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about area options for French cuisine. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/11/moveable-feast-vive-la-france?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Mill City Summer Opera: Tosca on the Mississippi Mill City Summer Opera started two years ago with a new idea: Grand opera, performed outdoors, in the industrial ruins at the Mill City Museum. This year, Mill City Summer Opera presents Puccini's 'Tosca', and some of the singers visited John Birge to sing and to talk about the performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/10/mill-city-summer-opera-tosca-on-the-mississippi?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:30:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: A Chef's Picnic The Fourth of July is when summer really kicks into high gear, with outdoor eating in full effect! John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss some ideas for making fun picnic fare. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/04/moveable-feast-a-chefs-picnic?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Drive-In Restaurants Beautiful summer evenings are great times to seek out a tasty treat with a side of nostalgia; that's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about drive-in restaurants. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/27/moveable-feast-drivein-restaurants?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Island Getaways It may surprise some, but the Midwest actually offers a number of island getaways -- and restaurants. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about some of them on this week's Moveable Feast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/20/moveable-feast-island-getaways?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Grilling with Dad Father's Day is Sunday, so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about tasty foods to barbecue and fun ways to grill with Dad. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/13/moveable-feast-grilling-with-dad?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Skylark Opera opens new season with 'Candide' The Leonard Bernstein classic opens a new season of Skylark Opera in St. Paul this weekend. Members of Skylark Opera's 'Candide' cast visited Classical MPR to chat with John Birge and to sing a song of youthful enlightenment - and prenuptial disagreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/11/skylark-opera-opens-new-season-with-candide?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:25:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Farmers Markets With summer now in bloom, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about farmers markets in the listening region, and they also share a tip about a destination farmers market. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/06/moveable-feast-farmers-markets?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Cooking Classes As college students leave their campuses with diplomas and empty stomachs, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where students can learn a valuable life skill: how to cook. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/30/moveable-feast-cooking-classes?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Brainerd Lakes Area With Memorial Day weekend upon us and many people heading to their cabins, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at a couple places to eat in the Brainerd Lakes area. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/23/moveable-feast-brainerd-lakes-area?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Eating in Red Wing With Amtrak now running out of Union Depot in St. Paul, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to eat if one were to take the train to Red Wing, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/16/moveable-feast-eating-in-red-wing?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Walleye Season As the fishing season opens, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about where to find Minnesota's state fish without the use of a rod and reel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/09/moveable-feast-walleye-season?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Dinkytown Eats The University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium celebrates its grand re-opening with a concert by the Minnesota Orchestra. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to eat before the music begins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/02/moveable-feast-dinkytown-eats?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Eating Locally and Sustainably This week's Moveable Feast falls a few days after Earth Day, which is why John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss eating locally and sustainably. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/25/moveable-feast-eating-locally-and-sustainably?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Easter Brunch It's Easter weekend, and for a lot of people, that means brunch. That's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places that are good for brunch, whether Easter or any special occasion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/18/moveable-feast-easter-brunch?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota Opera's innovative approach to 'Magic Flute' Minnesota Opera's new 'Magic Flute' is not merely a new production; it's a brand-new way of putting opera on a stage. And Mozart's original music remains pristine. We heard some of it sung as cast members Jesse Blumberg and Tracey Engleman join Classical MPR's John Birge in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/11/minnesota-opera-s-innovative-approach-to-magic-flute?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:35:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: After-Taxes Treats With tax day approaching on April 15, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about good places to find cheap eats if you owe taxes, and good places to splurge if you're receiving a tax refund. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/11/moveable-feast-aftertaxes-treats?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Twins Home Opener Monday, April 7, is the Minnesota Twins' home opener. That's why on today's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about places to eat in and around Target Field. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/04/moveable-feast-twins-home-opener?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Interview: Tom Ashworth on the U of M Brass Symposium The words "Brass Symposium" raise the pulse of many music lovers, so you'll find plenty of excitement at the Brass Symposium at the University of Minnesota School of Music this weekend. Professor of Trombone Tom Ashworth organized the event, and he stopped by to talk about it with Classical MPR's John Birge. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/02/interview-tom-ashworth-on-the-u-of-m-brass-symposium?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:35:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Craft Beer This time of year means March Madness basketball. And what better to pair with that than a good-tasting craft beer? John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss Minnesota's craft-beer industry on this week's Moveable Feast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/28/moveable-feast-craft-beer?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Spring and seasonal foods It may not look like it outside, but spring arrived yesterday. That got John Birge and 'Minnesota Monthly' editor Rachel Hutton talking about seasonal foods on this week's Moveable Feast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/21/moveable-feast-spring-seasonal-foods?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: St. Patrick's Day Moveable Feast is about where to go and what to eat, so with Monday's Irish observance on the horizon, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places to go for St. Patrick's Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/14/moveable-feast-st-patricks-day?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Minnesota Monthly's Food & Wine issue This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about some delectable finds that were discovered in the writing of Minnesota Monthly's 2014 Food and Wine issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/28/moveable-feast-minnesota-monthlys-food--wine-issue?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Interview: Valenti as Valentino Rudolph Valentino was a legend of the silver screen. James Valenti is the opera singer who brings Valentino's charisma to life onstage in the Minnesota Opera production of 'The Dream of Valentino'. He visits with Classical MPR's John Birge. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/05/interview-the-dream-of-valentino?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:30:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Museum Restaurants Arts, culture, learning ... it can all make you pretty hungry. That's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about great places to have a meal in area museums. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/21/moveable-feast-museum-restaurants?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Valentine's Day Moveable Feast is the weekly feature in which John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to go and what to eat in Minnesota. This week's topic is Valentine's Day dining options. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/14/moveable-feast-valentines-day?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:30:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Nicollet Avenue Eats Now that Orchestra Hall is open and the Minnesota Orchestra is back, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to dine on Nicollet Avenue, aka 'Eat Street'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/06/moveable-feast-nicollet-avenue-eats?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 04:50:00 -0600 'Willkommen, Bienvenue, Wingert': Rothstein & Wingert conspire on 'Cabaret' Actor Sally Wingert and director Peter Rothstein create a compelling Cabaret, on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis until Sunday, Feb. 9. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/31/welcome-bienvenue-wingert-rothstein--wingert-conspire-on-cabaret?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:35:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: City of Lakes Loppet For this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss places to refuel that are located near the course of the City of Lakes Loppet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/31/moveable-feast-city-of-lakes-loppet?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0600 The 'Scottish Opera': Minnesota Opera's 'Macbeth' Is this a power couple which I see before me? Something wicked this way comes with Minnesota Opera's 'Macbeth', a work by Giuseppe Verdi that's based on William Shakespeare's play from 1606. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/24/the-scottish-opera-minnesota-operas-macbeth?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:35:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Winter Warm-Ups For this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss the word of the day: soup. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/24/moveable-feast-winter-warmups?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Out of the Deep Freeze (Part 2 of 2) Last week, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talked about botanical art; this week, they discuss where to see living plants and flowers -- and of course, some places to get a bite to eat afterwards. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/17/moveable-feast-out-of-the-deep-freeze-part-2-of-2-?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Out of the Deep Freeze (Part 1 of 2) This week, now that the deep cold has lifted, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about ways to get out without necessarily getting outside. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/10/moveable-feast-out-of-the-deep-freeze-part-1-of-2?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Classical music anniversaries in 2014, from C.P.E. Bach to Adolphe Sax Happy New Year! Here's this year's list of major classical music anniversaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/03/classical-anniversaries-2014?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:15:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Most Anticipated Restaurants of 2014 With the New Year now underway, what are the top restaurant openings to look forward to in 2014? John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton give us a preview in this week's Moveable Feast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/03/moveable-feast-most-anticipated-restaurants-of-2014?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:45:00 -0600 Abbie Betinis premieres 'Carol of the Stranger' We welcome Abbie Betinis back to Classical MPR for the world premiere of her annual Christmas Carol. For the first time, this year's carol was a collaboration. Michael Dennis Browne wrote the words above for "Carol of the Stranger," with Abbie's harmonies opening like the heart at Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/20/abbie-betinis-premieres-carol-of-the-stranger?refid=0 Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:20:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Coffee, tea and sweets Tchaikovsky's <i>Nutcracker</i> takes us to an imaginary land of coffee, tea and sweets. Any suggestions for those who are looking for the real thing? John Birge and <i>Minnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton investigate that question in this week's Moveable Feast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/20/moveable-feast-coffee-tea-and-sweets?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 06:50:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Food for Social Good 'Tis the season for Handel's 'Messiah' -- music composed for a charity benefit concert. This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about how people around Minnesota can use food as a force for social good. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/12/moveable-feast-food-for-social-good?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:50:00 -0600 Welcome Christmas! A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/10/welcome_christmas?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Mall Meals This week, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about places to eat while out shopping -- and a place to go if you want to stay far away from shopping malls. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/29/moveable-feast-mall-meals?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:50:00 -0600 John Birge on gratitude The host of <i>Giving Thanks</i> shares some thoughts on this year's Thanksgiving special and on the universal nature of gratitude. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/john-birge-on-gratitude?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:00:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Thanksgiving Part 2 Last week, John Birge and <i>MInnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton talked about where to go to get the food for your Thanksgiving table. This week, John and Rachel investigate where to go if you want to let someone <i>else</i> make Thanksgiving dinner. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/22/moveable-feast-thanksgiving-part-2?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:50:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Where to get your Thanksgiving eats This week on Moveable Feast, Rachel Hutton of <i>Minnesota Monthly</i> joins John Birge to talk about where to get good local eats for your Thanksgiving dinner. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/15/moveable-feast-where-to-get-your-thanksgiving-eats?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:50:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Digital Food Culture Thirty years ago this week, Microsoft first presented Windows. How have computers/web/social media affected food culture since then? John Birge and <i>Minnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton explore that question. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/07/moveable-feast-digital-food-culture?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 06:50:00 -0600 Wagner meets Strauss: Jacquelyn Wagner sings Richard Strauss' Arabella at Minnesota Opera Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner returns to Minnesota Opera this week for her debut as Arabella, the beautiful woman torn between her desire to marry for love and her family's need for her to marry for money. She and Minnesota Opera President Kevin Ramach came to Classical MPR to talk about the production and to sing an aria from it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/06/wagner-meets-strauss-jacquelyn-wagner-sings-richard-strauss-arabella-at-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:15:00 -0600 Moveable Feast: Health Food For our new weekly feature, "Moveable Feast," Rachel Hutton of <i>Minnesota Monthly</i> joins John Birge to talk about where to go and what to eat in destinations Classical MPR listeners may be interested in visiting. On the day after Halloween (with all its attendant sweets), John and Rachel discuss health food. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/31/moveable-feast-health-food?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 07:00:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Orchestra Hall and environs There is no orchestra in Orchestra Hall at the moment, but there are plenty of places in the south end of downtown Minneapolis to find a symphony of food and drink. John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about where in this week's Moveable Feast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/25/moveable-feast-orchestra-hall-and-environs?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:05:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Where can foodies take their kids? It's Education Minnesota weekend (still widely called "MEA"), so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places where foodies can take their kids for a meal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/18/moveable-feast-where-can-foodies-take-their-kids?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Verdi e Vino The celebration of Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday continues this week on Moveable Feast, as John Birge and <i>Minnesota Monthly</i>'s Rachel Hutton chat about a new Italian wine bar in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/11/moveable-feast-italian-feast?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Rochester Nosh This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton see what's on the menu in Rochester, Minn., as the Rochester Symphony Orchestra prepares to open its season on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/04/moveable-feast-rochester-nosh?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: A Brew Sleuth's Duluth This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton are looking north to Duluth in anticipation of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's season opener this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/27/moveable-feast-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Just Ducky Inspired by the opening of duck-hunting season in Minnesota, Rachel and John talk about where to find good duck around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/20/moveable-feast-duck-season?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:25:00 -0500 Quick Change Artist Adam Laurence Herskowitz, playing Calaf in the Minnesota Opera's production of <i>Turandot</i>, took the express from Newark to the Metropolitan Opera, with one quick stop &#151; to change his voice! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/12/mn-opera-turandot?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:00:00 -0500 A Perfect Match: Puccini and Kelly Kaduce Kelly Kaduce and Dale Johnson of the Minnesota Opera perform music from <i>Manon Lescaut</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/17/manon-lescaut?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:00:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: Uncle Vanya and vodka Inspired by the Guthrie's upcoming production of <i>Uncle Vanya</i>, Rachel Hutton and John Birge are thinking Russian this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/13/moveable-feast-uncle-vanya-and-vodka?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: SPCO's opening weekend This week, Rachel and John talk about what to eat in St. Paul, Minn., during the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's opening weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/06/moveable-feast-spcos-opening-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: The Great Minnesota Get-Together This week, Rachel and John talk about what to eat at the Minnesota State Fair, focusing on healthier (but not less tasty!) options. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/30/moveable-feast-the-great-minnesota-gettogether?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: The Stillwater Music Festival This week, Rachel and John talk about what to eat in Stillwater, Minn., during the Stillwater Music Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/22/moveable-feast-the-stillwater-music-festival?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:30:17 -0500 Moveable Feast: Chain of Lakes and chamber music in Alexandria This week, Rachel Hutton and John Birge talk about what to see and what to eat (or drink) in Alexandria, Minn., during the annual Alexandria Festival of the Lakes summer chamber music festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/09/moveable-feast-alexandria?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:30:00 -0500 The sound of the Vintage Band Festival John Birge talks about how this weekend's festival in Northfield, Minn., gives today's music lovers a chance to hear instruments that haven't been heard in 150 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/01/vintage_band_festival_birge_niemisto?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 09:40:00 -0500 Vintage Bands, nature and great food make for a moveable feast in Northfield, Minn. On this week's 'Moveable Feast,' Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly joins John Birge to talk about where to go and what to eat in Northfield, Minnesota during the annual Vintage Band Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/02/moveable-feast-northfield?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: All things British For our new weekly feature, "Moveable Feast," Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly joins John Birge to talk about where to go and what to eat in destinations Classical MPR listeners may be interested in visiting. This week is all things British, in honor of the Guthrie's current production, <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/26/moveable-feast-all-things-british?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Moveable Feast: What to do and eat when in Winona, Minnesota For our new weekly feature, "Moveable Feast," Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly joins John Birge to talk about where to go and what to eat in destinations Classical MPR listeners may be interested in visiting. This week, Winona, Minnesota during the Beethoven Festival and Great River Shakespeare festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/19/moveable-feast-rachel-hutton-winona-picks?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Mill City Opera: The Barber of the Mill John Birge talks with the cast of Mill City Opera's "Barber of Seville" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/12/mill-city-barber?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:40:00 -0500 The Fantasticks: a visit with Skylark Opera's fantastic cast Cast members from Skylark Opera sing selections from "The Fantasticks" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/14/skylark-fantasticks?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:30:00 -0500 Isabel Leonard: A mezzo with the Metropolitan and the Muppets Yes, she can tell you how to get to Sesame Street! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/06/isabel-leonard-mezzo-the-metropolitan-muppets?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:21:32 -0500 VocalEssence celebrates the legendary Marian Anderson On Sunday, February 17, the 2013 VocalEssence "Witness" concert pays tribute to Marian Anderson's legacy. Classical MPR's John Birge learned more from the singer who'll evoke the spirit of Anderson, Marlissa Hudson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/15/vocalessence-celebrates-the-legendary-marian-anderson?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:30:00 -0600 Light in the Darkness: Abbie Betinis writes a new Christmas Carol for troubled times Composer Abbie Betinis and Friends perform a new carol for 2012 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/21/abbie_betinis_2012?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Love, Metropolitan Style Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conductor Bill Schrickel and cellist Ben Osterhouse talk about upcoming concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/17/mso_osterhouse?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 07:00:00 -0600 Sondheim in the Twin Cities Stephen Sondheim is a genius of the theater who inspires a worshipful following. Two productions running side by side this month at two Twin Cities theater companies offer the opportunity to experience two of Sondheim's most iconic musicals. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/19/sondheim-cities?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Stephen Paulus and "The Shoemaker": Three Hermits deserve one Good Samaritan Fifteen years ago, Stephen Paulus wrote a one-act opera called "The Three Hermits". But since then, Paulus wanted to write a second, complimentary opera. That new opera is "The Shoemaker." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/26/stephen-paulus-and-the-shoemaker-three-hermits-deserve-one-good-samaritan?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:30:00 -0500 Bernstein Returns to Skylark (and New York) Cast members from Skylark Opera perform music from Bernstein's "Wonderful Town" in Classical MPR studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/08/skylark_bernstein?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Escher Sketch The Escher String Quartet performs on Classical Minnesota Public Radio http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/04/escher_sketch?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 08:00:00 -0500 A Tale of Two Butterflies Minnesota Opera's season finale is Puccini's classic, "Madame Butterfly." The title role is shared equally by two great singers, Kelly Kaduce and Yunah Lee, over the course of eight (nearly sold-out) performances. They were both kind enough to come to Classical MPR to sing and talk to John Birge, along with Minnesota Opera Artistic Director Dale Johnson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/13/mn-opera-madame-butterfly?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Tarik O'Regan discusses his new work "The Night's Untruth" On April 13, VocalEssence performs the US premiere of a work by one of Britain's most talented young composers, Tarik O'Regan. O'Regan delved into the work with John Birge of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/12/tarik-oregan?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:21:21 -0500 Susanna Phillips and Lucia di Lammermoor: A Way to Be Heard Susanna Phillips is heard singing at the Metropolitan Opera, and the great opera houses around the world. At Minnesota Opera March 3-10, she gives voice to Lucia, the unheard heroine of Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor. With Classical MPR's John Birge, she sings a guided tour of the opera, including its climactic Mad Scene. And she treats us to a sample of her new CD as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/29/susanna-phillips-and-lucia-di-lammermoor-a-way-to-be-heard?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 06:00:00 -0600 MN Opera Presents Rossini's Cinderella Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast Minnesota Opera's 2010 production of Rossini's Cinderella, with Roxana Constantinescu and John Tessier, on Wednesday, February 29, at 8 p.m. The broadcast will honor Gioachino Rossini's 220th birthday -- or is it his 55th? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/29/mn-opera-presents-rossinis-cinderella?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 The Benjamin Britten Peace Project The University of Minnesota School of Music spans oceans and generations pursuing the power of peace. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/27/the-benjamin-britten-peace-project?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Barry Kempton: Home is Where the Art Is The Schubert Club, Minnesota oldest arts organization, has a new Director. Barry Kempton's gracious accent reveals his English roots. But Kempton is no stranger to Minnesota. He spent eleven years as Artistic Planner and General Manager of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Now, after five years in England running the London Sinfonia, Kempton is back in Minnesota as the Schubert Club's Artistic and Executive Director. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/13/barry-kempton-home-is-where-the-art-is?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Ever fall in love with the wrong person? -- Werther from Minnesota Opera Tenor James Valenti and mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu from the Minnesota Opera came to visit Classical MPR to sing a heart-melting duet, and talk about what makes Massenet's opera Werther so melodramatic, and why Charlotte's heart stays true to him, even after she must marry another man. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/19/ever-fall-in-love-with-the-wrong-person-werther-from-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Healthy Meal Playlist John Birge lists the works in his playlist for "healthy cooking." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/09/healthy-meal-playlist?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Video: Abbie Betinis with Two New Christmas Carols The Reverend Bates Burt wrote those words for "Let Christmas Be Merry," a carol he composed for Christmas 1933. For the 2011 holiday, Burt's great-granddaughter, Abbie Burt Betinis, is still writing songs that express "the spirit that blesses" at Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/16/abbie-betinis-two-new-christmas-carols?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 08:00:00 -0600 Verdi's La Traviata, Wednesday at 8 p.m. Classical MPR will be airing La Traviata on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Enjoy this feature on soprano Elizabeth Futral and don't forget to tune in! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/09/-elizabeth-futral?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:00:00 -0500 William Bolcom's Prometheus: The Gift and the Curse of Fire Pianist Jeffrey Biegel and VocalEssence play with matches http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/06/vocalessence?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Becoming a Musician in the 21st Century Everyone agrees: college music education must change in order to prepare music students for an ever-changing environment. Music schools woke up to offering classes on the business of music decades ago; what's needed now? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/04/becoming-a-musician-in-the-21st-century?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:49:42 -0500 Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte: High School Musical? Baritone Matthew Worth performs music from Minnesota Opera's "Cosi fan tutte" in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Music Studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/23/cosi-fan-tutte?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 06:00:00 -0500 An Otherworldly Voice from the Underworld: David Daniels at the Minnesota Opera Tune in this Wednesday at 8 p.m. as we broadcast the Minnesota Opera's 2010 production of "Orpheus and Eurydice." Also, hear John Birge's interview with performers David Daniels and Susanna Phillips. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/22/daniels_birge?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Oklahoma!: Always New, Forever Young Classical MPR's John Birge spent a beautiful morning chatting with Gary Gisselman, Anita Ruth, and two young singers from the Bloomington Civic Theater to talk about the theater's production of Oklahoma! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/18/oklahoma?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:00:00 -0500 An Evening of Spiritual Arrangements Andre Thomas is among the world's experts on the history and performance of spirituals. Thomas conducts an evening of his spiritual arrangements at the VocalEssence "Witness" concert at Orchestra Hall on Friday, March 4 at 8pm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/02/birge_vocalessence?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 20:51:10 -0600 Caviani Plays Wilder Jazz pianist Laura Caviani explores the works of Classical composer Alec Wilder http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/04/birge_wilder?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:43:25 -0600 VocalEssence debuts carol contest winners In 1998, VocalEssence teamed up with the American Composers Forum to hold a Christmas carol contest. It's been an annual tradition ever since. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/09/vocalessence_carols?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 21:45:44 -0600 Giving Thanks with John Birge Join John Birge for Giving Thanks: a Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude. The show will feature music and stories for Thanksgiving, as well as discussions with best-selling authors Nigella Lawson and Deepak Chopra. Listen to Classical MPR at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving day to hear it! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/23/giving-thanks?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:25:08 -0600 El Capitan: Sousa at the Opera House? MPR's John Birge talks with Bradley Greenwald, Philip Brunelle and Vern Sutton about VocalEssence's production of "El Capitan." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/07/el_capitan?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 11:04:49 -0500 Madeline Island Music Camp Celebrates 25 Years John Birge decribes the 25th Annual Madeline Island Music Camp. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/16/madeline-island-music?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Jorja Fleezanis: At Home in Indiana (and back in Minnesota) One year ago, violinist Jorja Fleezanis left the Minnesota Orchestra after 20 years as concertmaster, to begin her new job as Professor of Violin at Indiana University School of Music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/16/jorja_fleezanis?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Layton James Leaves the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra John Birge talks with Layton "Skip" James on leaving the SPCO. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/11/skip_james_100609?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 With Mallets Aforethought John Birge talks with composer Stephen Paulus, UofM percussion instructor Fernando Meza, and VocalEssance's Philip Brunelle. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/28/marimba-festival-2010?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Roberto on Robert: Abbado conducts Schumann with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Conductor Roberto Abbado talks with MPR's John Birge http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/24/roberto-abbado-schumann?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Bohemian Rhapsody: Ellie Dehn and James Valenti return to Minnesota Opera for Puccini's La Boheme John Birge talks with James Valenti and Ellie Dehn from the Minnesota Opera's "La Boheme". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/12/la-boheme-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 VocalEssence: In the Beginning, there was Copland MPR's John Birge talks with Philip Brunelle of VocalEssence and James Sewell of the James Sewell Ballet about their collaboration concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/10/vocalessence-copland?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 La Dolce Voce: Voces8 and The Rose Ensemble in Italy Minnesota's Rose Ensemble combines with England's Voces8 in concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/04/rose_ensemble_voces8?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Roberto Devereux: A Tudor Tutorial from Minnesota Opera Chat with characters from Minnesota Opera's "Roberto Devereux." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/27/roberto_devereux?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Abbie Betinis Sings and Sings and Sings for Christmas Composer Abbie Betinis and the "MPR Singers" perform 2009's annual Christmas carol. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/22/abbie_betinis?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Nigella Lawson: Just relax, cooks The holidays are here and the pressure is on. You can't do anything about the snowstorm, but food maven Nigella Lawson says you can do something about the stress of holiday entertaining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/nigella-lawson-food-relax?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 19:54:52 -0600 John Rutter: What Sweeter Music John Birge talks with composer John Rutter http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/09/john-rutter-what-sweeter-music?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Fresh Faces in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra New musicians from the SPCO, Sumni Chang and David Huckaby, perform in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/23/spco_fresh_faces?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 06:00:00 -0600 Casanova's Homecoming Comes Home MPR's John Birge talks with John Fanning and Jean Stillwell who are the principals in Dominick Argento's "Casanova's Homecoming," a production of the Minnesota Opera. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/18/casanova?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Dawn is back at the SPCO with a world premiere Dawn Upshaw returns in her role as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She sings some signature music by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov and a world premiere by film composer Alberto Iglesias. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/04/dawn_upshaw_iglesias_spco?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Conductor Simon Halsey joins VocalEssence for British Invasion British conductor Simon Halsey joins VocalEssence for a British Invasion of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 pm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/22/vocalessence-simon-halsey?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Andrew Altenbach begins his tenure with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra calls its first concert of the 2009-2010 season "New Beginnings." It's the first concert of a new season, featuring the "New World" Symphony and the debut of the orchestra's new conductor, Andrew Altenbach. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/20/andrew-altenbach-st-cloud-symphony-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Courtney Lewis injects a bit of British polish into the Minnesota Orchestra Courtney Lewis is getting ready for his first gigs in his new post as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He looks back and looks ahead in a conversation with John Birge. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/15/courtney_lewis?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 11:33:14 -0500 Marin Alsop on Education and the Arts As Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop is the first woman to lead a major American orchestra. She also spent twelve years with the Colorado Symphony, and six years as principal guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in England. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/05/marin_alsop?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Evensong: Of Love and Angels It's a memorial to love, light and angels. Dominick Argento's "Evensong" will have its Midwest premiere this weekend by VocalEssence. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/23/argento_vocalessence?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 05:02:03 -0500 New documentary shows The Rose Ensemble in new light The Rose Ensemble is an acclaimed vocal group based in the Twin Cities that is mostly known for its arrangements of early classical music. A new documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television goes behind the scenes to present the ensemble in a new light. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/rose_ensemble?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Choral ensembles join forces for new Dominick Argento work VocalEssence and other regional choral groups gather for a performance of a new piece by Dominick Argento and other works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/argento_brunelle?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:35:00 -0500 VocalEssence performs 'Light In The Shadows' VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir perform the Berlioz Te Deum at the Cathedral of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/07/vocalessence_light?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 07:01:02 -0500 Eric Whitacre on the Whitacre Extravaganza Eric Whitacre is a phenomenon. He couldn't read music when he started college, but within a few years he was composing music that was performed and recorded by professional choirs around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/20/eric_whitacre?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0500 The Fireworks Ensemble Performs in the Classical MPR Studio The New York-based Fireworks Ensemble performs music in the studio from their genre-breaking repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/fireworks_ensemble?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 08:30:00 -0600 VocalEssence Performs Live in London VocalEssence performs it's Inauguration Day concert at St. John's Smith Square in London live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/vocalessence_london?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 A tradition of carols continues Christmas Eve is a time for tradition, and we continue what has become a holiday tradition for Minnesota Public Radio by featuring a new Christmas carol written by composer Abbie Betinis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/24/a_carol_writing_tradition_continues?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Finding sweetness through sadness "A haunted landscape" is how Osvaldo Golijov describes the Schubert songs he arranged for soprano Dawn Upshaw and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The composer and singer stopped by Minnesota Public Radio, listened to the original versions of the songs and explained how they made them their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/upshawgolijov?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 15:10:01 -0500 VocalEssence announces 40th season The Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence will celebrate its 40th anniversary season in 2008-09 with a tour of England and a collaboration with six of Minnesota's most prestigious professional and community choirs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/vocalessencenewseason?refid=0 Sun, 20 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 An Orpheus for soprano, clarinet and dancers Composer Ricky Ian Gordon is becoming a regular presence in the Twin Cities classical music and theater scene. He's back in town for a production of his music-theater-dance work, "Orpheus and Euridice." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/orpheuseuridice?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 15:18:04 -0500 Music that changed Dawn Upshaw Dawn Upshaw's soprano voice graces a wide range of music, from Elizabethan songs to French chansons to Broadway tunes to cutting-edge contemporary opera. Her taste in listening is similarly wide ranging. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/upshawbirge?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 14:29:35 -0500 A tribute to Sarah-Maud Sivertsen Sarah-Maud Sivertsen died Jan. 12 at age 100. Were it not for Sarah-Maud Sivertsen, there would be no Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/sivertsontribute?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 10:00:00 -0600 300-year old opera makes American premiere This week the Minnesota Opera presents the American premiere of a work that's three centuries old. "The Fortunes of King Croesus" was an immensely popular work in early 18th century Hamburg, but the opera and its composer are mostly forgotten today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/kingcroesus?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Singers compete in opera 'Idol' Three locally-based singers are off to New York City this weekend for the next step in what has been described as the "American Idol" of the opera world. The three men talked with Minnesota Public Radio classical host John Birge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/metauditions?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 The Demon Barber of Fleet Street visits Minneapolis A stripped-down, touring Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd" is in Minneapolis through this weekend. The show's two stars, David Hess and Judy Kaye, stopped by Minnesota Public Radio and talked with host John Birge about the challenges of starring in a dark, emotionally-draining production while also playing the trumpet and tuba. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/07/broadwaysweeneytodd?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2008 16:12:20 -0600 'Romeo and Juliet' come home The Minnesota Opera's production of "Romeo and Juliet" is something of a homecoming for its two stars. Soprano Ellie Dehn grew up in Anoka and tenor James Valenti was a member of the Minnesota Opera's Resident Artists Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/30/romeoandjuliet?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 00:00:46 -0600 British trumpeter makes icy visit to Lake Wobegon Young, British trumpeter Alison Balsom is looking forward to her first appearance on "A Prairie Home Companion." She's ready to share her dazzling brass technique with the denizens of Lake Wobegon, but admits to some trepidation about making her stage debut as an actor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/balsom?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Family tradition in good hands For the past seven years, Abbie Betinis has been carrying on the family tradition of composing Christmas carols as a holiday greeting. Her new carol is the jaunty "Run, Toboggan, Run." Since 2001 she's been writing carols and sending them out as her annual holiday greeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/betinis07?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 03:07:00 -0600 A brassy Christmas The Twin Cities' Summit Hill Brass Quintet has a new CD for the holidays, "Christmas up North." The group stopped by Minnesota Public Radio's studios for a chat with host John Birge, and to play new arrangements of Christmas music from the CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/19/summithillbrass?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 15:00:04 -0600 VocalEssence introduces celestial carols Since 1998, VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum have sponsored the Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest. This year composers were invited to write carols for chorus and the bell-like sounds of the celesta. Two winners talked with MPR's John Birge about the challenge of writing new music for Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/vocakessencecarols?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 14:04:10 -0600 Horn player comes home After three whirlwind years with the Canadian Brass, Bernhard Scully has returned to his birthplace as the new principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He spoke with MPR classical host John Birge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/27/bernhardscully?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 01:00:18 -0600 An Alaskan girl in the opera Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux is back in the Twin Cities for the Minnesota Opera's production of Rossini "The Italian Girl in Algiers." The Alaskan native stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to sing a couple Neapolitan songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/07/genauxvivica?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Jerry Springer guests' bizarre secrets become opera The bizarre secrets and infidelities of the guests on the Jerry Springer TV show are confessed through song in the Minneapolis Musical Theatre production of "Jerry Springer - The Opera." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/17/springeropera?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 13:56:28 -0500 The piano singer One of Twin Cities pianist Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell's most important influences is the sound of the human voice. During a visit to Minnesota Public Radio, he spoke with classical music host John Birge and demonstrated how he makes the piano sing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/24/kettelwell?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 16:21:12 -0500 The volatile times of Verdi The story behind the creation of Verdi's opera, "A Masked Ball," is just about as interesting as the drama on stage. Verdi expert Philip Gossett says the political climate of 19th century Europe made government censors nervous about an opera based on the assassination of a king. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/mnoperaverdi?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 17:10:12 -0500 Behind the music with the SPCO A new Twin Cities Public Television documentary of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's recent European tour is an intimate look at the people behind the music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/spco_documentary?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2007 17:11:40 -0500 These boots are made for dancin' The Twin Cities' Metropolitan Ballet company is staging Agnes de Mille's original choreography to Aaron Copland's "Rodeo." Paul Sutherland worked with the legendary choreographer for many years and is teaching the dancers to act like cowboys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/20/rodeo?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 A soprano sweeps into St. Paul At the time mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux was growing up in Alaska, she wasn't much of an opera fan. When her mother tuned in the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, she'd turn on the vacuum cleaner to drown out the sound. Now Genaux performs in operas and recitals around the world including, this weekend, the St. Paul Summer Song Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/08/vivicagenaux?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Jeune Lune performs a Mozart marriage In its current productions, Theatre de la Jeune Lune uses operatic music by Mozart to tell subversive stories with a political point of view. Although the narratives are different, the two productions maintain the integrity of Mozart's music, as the cast demonstrates in our studios. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/jeunelunefigaro?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Mitchell counters expectations in Mozart opera The Minnesota Opera has cast a man to play the part of a male character in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro." What's the big deal about that, you ask? Well, Mozart set the character's part in a high vocal register; it's traditionally sung by a woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/01/cortezmitchell?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Festival reflects, returns Bolcom's big embrace VocalEssence is celebrating the wide-ranging creative output of composer William Bolcom with the two-week festival "Illuminating Bolcom." Artistic Director Philip Brunelle describes Bolcom as the quintessential American composer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/bolcomfeature?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Skylark gets Lost in the Stars For its debut as Skylark Opera, the former North Star Opera company is staging Kurt Weill's 1949 musical tragedy, "Lost in the Stars," which is set in South Africa. In a Minnesota Public Radio studio session, members of the cast sing selections and discuss the musical's contemporary relevance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/23/skylark?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0500 A great soprano returns to St. Paul It's been more than 35 years since her Metropolitan Opera debut, but mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade says she's still learning how to use her voice. Von Stade is in the Twin Cities for a Schubert Club recital with her friend and colleague, bass Samuel Ramey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/28/vonstade?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 VocalEssence remembers Rosa Parks with music Composer Hannibal Lokumbe says being in the presence of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks has affected everything he does. Lokumbe's oratorio honoring Parks is the centerpiece of the annual "Witness" concert by the Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/dearmrsparks?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 01:00:00 -0600 SPCO's newest partner makes his debut The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's newest "artistic partner" is a French pianist who's also collaborating with the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. Pierre-Laurent Aimard is making his debut in his newest role with the SPCO this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/16/aimard?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2007 12:31:23 -0600 Schoolkids join SPCO tour The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is taking four junior high school students along on its European tour. They earned their places on the trip by promising to share their experiences when they come back home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/spcokids?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:51:42 -0600 Family carol tradition continues St. Paul composer Abbie Betinis has written her sixth annual Christmas carol. She is carrying on a family tradition begun in 1922 by her great-grandfather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/18/betiniscarol?refid=0 Mon, 18 Dec 2006 08:00:00 -0600 Libbey book guides novices into classical music Ted Libbey's new "NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music" offers a way into the often intimidating world of classical music via online interaction. In a conversation with John Birge, Libbey discusses the 11 years it took to create the book and how he decided what to include. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/12/libbeybook?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2006 08:00:00 -0600 A tale of two sisters Pulitzer Prize-winning Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen has written a new novel. "Rise and Shine" is the story of two sisters in New York City. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/13/quindlen?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 16:23:56 -0500 Minnesota Opera singers compete in Met Opera Nationals Before they left for last weekend's semi-final round in the Metropolitan Opera National Finals, three area singers visited our studios for some music and conversation with Minnesota Public Radio's John Birge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/met_opera_competition?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2006 16:37:48 -0600 The Mozart Letter The Schubert Club Museum in downtown St. Paul has a special letter on display -- a letter Mozart wrote to his wife Constanze in 1790. The letter is intimate and affectionate, addressing Constanze as &quot;Dearest Little Wife of my Heart.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/26_gehrkek_mozartletter/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2006 18:00:00 -0600 Writer Anne Lamott reflects on our relationships with our mothers When writer Anne Lamott became a mother, she captured the joys and messes of motherhood in her best-selling book called &quot;Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year.&quot; Now Anne Lamott's son is fifteen, and motherhood is still on her mind in a new book of essays called &quot;Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith.&quot; On Mother's Day weekend she talked with Minnesota Public Radio's John Birge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/06_birgej_lamott/?refid=0 Sat, 07 May 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Shaham siblings embark on seven-city tour It has been seven years since violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Orli Shaham released their acclaimed CD &quot;DvoÅák for Two.&quot; Now their &quot;sibling harmony&quot; returns in a new album by this brother/sister duo, in music by Prokofiev. MPR's John Birge caught up with the siblings just before they set off on a seven-city tour which includes stops at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, Washington's Kennedy Center, and New York's Carnegie Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/11/04_birgej_shaham?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2004 14:00:00 -0600 Interview with violinists Sarah Chang and Joseph Silverstein John Birge chats with virtuosos Chang and Silverstein about first collaboration together with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/23_chang_jbirge?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Weston Noble to retire from Luther College A remarkable era of music performance and education at Luther College will come to an end next year when Weston Noble, internationally acclaimed music educator and choral conductor, retires after a 56-year career at the college. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0403_noble/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Interview with pianists Amy and Sara Hamann Amy and Sara became the first American Piano Duo to win the Absolute First Prize in the 14th Concorso Pianistico Internazionale, held in Rome, Italy in October, 2003. Amy and Sara are also the youngest First Prize winners in the history of the National Federation of Music Ellis Competition for Duo-Pianists. In addition to winning the First Prize, Amy and Sara were awarded the Lucile Parrish Ward Award for the best performance of American music. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0403_hamann/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2004 09:00:00 -0600 WITNESS: 14th annual VocalEssence concert WITNESS honors the spirit of Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989), a trailblazing woman whose legacy has inspired generations of African American women composers. Listen to the concert. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0403_witness/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Interview with the Grammy-winner Dominick Argento How he found out about the Grammy for &quot;Casa Guidi&quot;; what the Grammy award means to him. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0402_argento/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti Interview with Minnesota Opera Artistic Director Dale Johnson; Interview with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and tenor Bruce Ford http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0401_lucrezia/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Interview with violinist Joshua Bell Joshua Bell speaks about what it means to be an artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0401_jbell/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Welcome Christmas! 2003: VocalEssence winter concert Every Christmas season, VocalEssence and The American Composers Forum sponsor a competition for composers to write new carols. The winning entries are premiered in the annual Welcome Christmas! concert. Listen to the entire concert with host John Birge. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0312_welcome/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Henry Purcell: Interview with Nicholas McGegan: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan pay tribute to the great English composer Henry Purcell. November 22 is the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, and the SPCO will perform Ode to St. Cecilia Purcell composed in celebration of that day. Minnesota Public Radio's John Birge spoke with Nicholas McGegan about Purcell's life (and two amazing theories about his death), the tradition of St. Cecilia, and how to mix bowl of traditional St. Cecilia's Day punch that Nic says &quot;could kill a donkey!&quot; http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0311_mcgegan/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Giving Thanks, 2003 Like your Thanksgiving Day feast, Giving Thanks combines traditional fare with unexpected delights. For Thanksgiving 2003, we've invited some wonderful guests to the program, including Wendy Wasserstein, Donald Hall, and highlights from the Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0311_givingthanks/?refid=0 Sat, 01 Nov 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Anne Lamott's &quot;Blue Shoe&quot; &quot;I preach a theology of mess and failure and mistake and false starts,&quot; says Anne Lamott. MPR's John Birge talks to the author about the inauspicious characters of her novel Blue Shoe. She also reads from the book. http://www.mpr.org/books/features/lamott_blueshoe.shtml/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2003 09:00:00 -0500 Giving Thanks, 2002 LIKE YOUR THANKSGIVING FEAST, Giving Thanks combines traditional fare with unexpected delights. For Thanksgiving 2002, we've invited some wonderful guests to the program, including John Updike, Anne Lamott, and Donald Hall. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0211_givingthanks/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2002 09:00:00 -0600 Giving Thanks, 2001 LIKE YOUR THANKSGIVING FEAST, Giving Thanks combines traditional fare with unexpected delights. For Thanksgiving 2001, we've invited some wonderful guests to the program, including Patrick Stewart, Michael Feldman, W. S. Merwin, Katy Butler, Bill Holm, and Ellen Kushner. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0111_givingthanks/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2001 09:00:00 -0600 Deconstructing Figaro It's the most famous aria in the world. Everybody knows it - but not everybody knows what it's about. So we called in the experts from the Minnesota Opera's production of The Barber of Seville. Listen to baritone Ryan Taylor and conductor Emmanuel Plasson as they join MPR's John Birge to deconstruct Figaro. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0104_barberseville/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2001 09:00:00 -0500 Giving Thanks, 2000 Like your Thanksgiving Day feast, Giving Thanks combines traditional fare with unexpected delights. For Thanksgiving 2000, we've invited some wonderful new guests to the program, including Studs Terkel, Tom Bodett, Lynne Rossetto-Kasper, Donald Hall, Bill Holm, and Ellen Kushner In addition to Garrison Keillor and Bill Moyers, a rare recording of Charles Laughton returns to Giving Thanks. His spellbinding story connects his personal discovery of Chartres Cathedral with an excerpt from Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums and the 104th Psalm. It's a moving and powerful tale, giving thanks for the discovery that art connects us all to the creative spirit, offering a beautiful focus for the program and the day. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0011_givingthanks/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2000 09:00:00 -0600