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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:43:33 -0500

 



On The Air This Week

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:00:51 -0500

Highlights from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Pawel Przytocki, conductor; Leonora Armellini, piano; Lessel: Piano Concerto in C, Op. 14 — recorded at the Witold Lutoslawski Polish … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Composer Corner: Schoenberg

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:00:26 -0500

September’s composer of the month is Arnold Schoenberg.   Born: September 13, 1874 Died: July 13, 1951   Five facts: • Schoenberg is most famous for ‘discovering’ the 12-tone method of composition, which involved taking the 12 notes of the musical scale and arranging them in a pre-determined order. • Composer Richard Strauss once said of Schoenberg, “He’d be better off shoveling snow than scribbling … Continue reading Composer Corner: Schoenberg →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 03:01:12 -0500

Highlights from Sept. 20 to 27 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. 4 p.m. Interview with Matthias Maute, new artistic director of the Bach Society of Minnesota. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 9 a.m. John Birge interviews Craig Fields, artistic director of the new Ives Auditorium in Bloomington, Minn. … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:00:56 -0500

Highlights from Sept. 13 to 20 Tuesday, 7:45 a.m. Minnesota Varsity performances: Flutist Clarie Gunsbury performs Eugene Bozza’s Image. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 3:45 p.m. Minnesota Varsity performances: Pianist Kimberly Shen performs Maurice Ravel’s Jeux d’eau. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 7:45 a.m. Minnesota Varsity performances: Pianist Jeesoo … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:00:53 -0500

Highlights from Sept. 6 to 13 Tuesday, 7:45 a.m. Class Notes Artists: Mill City String Quartet. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 3:45 p.m. Class Notes Artists: Cedarwood Duo. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 7:45 a.m. Class Notes Artists: Dolce Wind Quintet. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 3:45 p.m. Class Notes … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:43:24 -0500

Highlights from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6 Tuesday, 12 p.m. Live from the State Fair: Minnesota Opera Resident Artists 1 p.m. Performance Today. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Live from the Fair: Musicians from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, hosted by Lynne Warfel. 2 p.m. Performance … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



The world’s oldest musical instrument

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:51:26 -0500

Ever wonder what a 40,000-year-old instrument might sound like? Experimental archaeologist Wulf Hein was part of a 1992 excavation team that explored southwestern Germany — in particular, the Geißenklösterle cave. In Werner Herzog’s The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Hein (dressed in reindeer fur and leather) explains what they discovered: “One of the most important finds we made in this cave was … Continue reading The world’s oldest musical instrument →



A lesson in a-rhythm-etic

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:52:23 -0500

Clayton Cameron is a world-renowned percussionist, with a career spanning nearly four decades. He is particularly known for his skills with contemporary drumming and brushes — which is why he’s known as “The Brush Master.” In the TED-Ed video “A-rhythm-etic: The math behind beats,” Cameron demonstrates a number of different genres from hip-hop to Latin to … Continue reading A lesson in a-rhythm-etic →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:57:07 -0500

Highlights from Aug. 16 to 23 Tuesday, 10 a.m. BBC Proms Highlight. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 10 p.m. BBC Proms Highlight. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 10 a.m. BBC Proms Highlight. 1 p.m. Live broadcast: Minnesota Orchestra at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. 10 p.m. BBC Proms Highlight. 12 … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Composer Corner: Shostakovich

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:30:48 -0500

August’s composer of the month is Dmitri Shostakovich.   Born: September 25, 1906 Died: August 9, 1975   Five facts: • Shostakovich was a huge soccer fan. He was even a certified referee. • His String Quartet No. 8 (later arranged into the Chamber Symphony) was written over the span of just three days. • According to his daughter, the composer was a … Continue reading Composer Corner: Shostakovich →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:28:30 -0500

Highlights from Aug. 16 to 23 Tuesday, 10 a.m. BBC Proms Highlight. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 10 p.m. BBC Proms Highlight. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 10 a.m. BBC Proms Highlight 1 p.m. Performance Today. 10 p.m. BBC Proms Highlight. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn/Ruben … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 06:17:40 -0500

Highlights from Aug. 9 to 16 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Basel Symphony Orchestra/Ivor Bolton, conductor; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488 — recorded at the Casino Gesellschaft in Basel, Switzerland. Thursday, 1 … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:00:04 -0500

Highlights from Aug. 2 to 9 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 12 midnight Euro Classics: RTE National Symphony Orchestra/Alan Buribayev, conductor; Janáček: Taras Bulba — recorded at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. 3 p.m. … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Music and emotion through time

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:58:14 -0500

In the TedEd video, “Music and emotion through time,” Michael Tilson Thomas — acclaimed music director of the San Francisco Symphony — provides a vast and informative overview of the development of classical music. Watch the video below and see the entire lesson on TedEd’s website. Related Stories Musical training accelerates brain development in children Music as … Continue reading Music and emotion through time →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:00:03 -0500

Highlights from July 26 to Aug. 2 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 12 midnight Euro Classics: London Symphony Orchestra/Tomas Hanus, conductor; Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 — recorded at the Stadtcasino in Basel, Switzerland. Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Sounds of Blackness partners with High School for Recording Arts

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:16:55 -0500

Earlier this year, Grammy Award-winning ensemble Sounds of Blackness collaborated with students from St. Paul’s High School for the Recording Arts (HSRA) on “Royalty” — a positive, anthemic song for Black youth. “So often the terms and phrases applied to African American youth are negative: at risk, inner city, thug, gangster,” Sounds of Blackness music director Gary … Continue reading Sounds of Blackness partners with High School for Recording Arts →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:17:53 -0500

Highlights from July 19 to 26 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor; Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in Eb, Op. 82 — recorded at the Danish Radio Concert House, Copenhagen. Thursday, … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Incorporating pop music into school curricula

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:30:46 -0500

In a recent article posted on the National Association for Music Education website, music teacher Matt Warren notes some of the benefits of incorporating pop music composition into school music curricula. “We want to prepare students for the musical world in which they are living and popular music is the large majority of students’ musical … Continue reading Incorporating pop music into school curricula →



Composer Corner: Copland

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:20:58 -0500

July’s composer of the month is Aaron Copland.   Born: November 14, 1900 Died: December 2, 1990   Five facts: • Copland’s first piano teacher was his older sister, Laurine. • When the composer was 11 years old, he wrote his first melody — seven bars of an opera called Zenatello. • He was awarded the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for his … Continue reading Composer Corner: Copland →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:42:21 -0500

Highlights from July 12 to 19 Tuesday, 8:45 a.m. Mill City Summer Opera’s cast of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street join John Birge for performance and conversation. 1 p.m. Performance Today. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Fauré … Continue reading On The Air This Week →