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Published: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:30:19 -0600

 



Composer Corner: Poulenc

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:11:10 -0600

January’s composer of the month is Francois Poulenc.   Born: Jan 7, 1899 Died: Jan 30, 1963   Five facts: • Poulenc was born into a rich family of pharmaceutical manufacturers. • At a time when he was relatively unknown as a composer, he was asked to write “Les Biches” by the great Serge Diaghilev. • Along with Georges Auric, Louis Durey, … Continue reading Composer Corner: Poulenc →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:00:41 -0600

Highlights from Jan. 17 to 24 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. 8 p.m. Minnesota Opera: Mozart, The Magic Flute (rebroadcast), hosted by Bill Morelock. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov, conductor; Alexander Vinogradov, bass; Mussorgsky: Songs … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:00:28 -0600

Highlights from Jan. 10 to 17 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: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana/Markus Poschner, conductor; Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 — recorded in the Theater Hall at Lugano Arte e … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:00:43 -0600

Highlights from Jan. 3 to 10 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: Francesco Piemontesi, piano; Liszt: Vallée d’Obermann, from Années de pèlerinage — recorded at Church of Saint-Nicolas de Myre in Rougemont, Switzerland. Thursday, 1 p.m. … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 19:00:47 -0600

Highlights from Dec. 27 to Jan. 3, 2017 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: Prague Nat’l Theatre Symphony Orchestra/Rastislav Stúr, conductor; Sergei Nakariakov, flugelhorn; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 — recorded at St. … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 19:00:47 -0600

Highlights from Dec. 20 to 27 Tuesday, 10 a.m. Carols and Cheer. 1 p.m. Performance Today. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 10 a.m. A Hollywood Holiday with Lynne Warfel. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 6 p.m. Concordia Christmas, hosted by Steve Staruch. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra/Emmanuel … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



‘Pipedreams’ host Michael Barone pulls out all the stops

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:28:14 -0600

Laura Caviani, jazz pianist extraordinaire, grew up idolizing Pipedreams host J. Michael Barone as her local church organist in the St. Cloud, Minn., area. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, as part of Classical MPR’s Pop-Up Classical series, Caviani came and played the grand piano in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Paul — … Continue reading ‘Pipedreams’ host Michael Barone pulls out all the stops →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:00:15 -0600

Highlights from Dec. 13 to 20 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. 7 p.m. Hollywood Holiday with Lynne Warfel. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 7 p.m. Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel. 12 midnight South America Classics: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä, conductor; Sibelius: Symphony No. … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Composer Corner: Berlioz

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:56:09 -0600

December’s composer of the month is Hector Berlioz   Born: Dec. 11, 1803 Died: Mar. 8, 1869   Five facts: • The composer’s father (a respected physician) wanted Hector to study medicine. He studied for a couple years but hated it — much to his father’s dismay — and began to study music. One of the final “straws that broke the … Continue reading Composer Corner: Berlioz →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:00:00 -0600

Highlights from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13 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. 7 p.m. Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn/Ruben Gazarian, conductor; Carolin Widmann, violin; Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



The secrets of Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:58:48 -0600

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is widely regarded as one of history’s most influential and important operas. And in TED-Ed’s video, “The Secrets of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’,” teacher Joshua Borths investigates the intentional symbolism found in the opera, and the relationship between the opera and Freemasonry. One of the symbolic elements of the opera that pops … Continue reading The secrets of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” →



New study shows benefits of music lessons in children

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:17:17 -0600

According to a new study from the Radiological Society of North America, “taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children.” In particular, these fiber connections increased in a part of the brain in which a decrease in connections has been linked to autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). “It’s been known that musical instruction benefits … Continue reading New study shows benefits of music lessons in children →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:00:10 -0600

Highlights from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6 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. 7 p.m. Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel. 12 midnight Euro Classics: Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Juraj Valčuha, conductor; Stravinsky: Le Chant du rossignol — recorded at the Grand Hall, … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:00:34 -0600

Highlights from Nov. 22 to 29 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. 7 p.m. Giving Thanks: a celebration of fall, food and gratitude with John Birge. 9 p.m. Every Good Thing with Valerie Kahler and Steve Seel. 12 midnight Euro … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Composer Corner: von Bingen

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:32:03 -0600

November’s composer of the month is Hildegard von Bingen.   Born: 1098 Died: Sept. 17, 1179   Five facts: • Von Bingen was born the 10th child to a noble family. As was custom at the time, she was dedicated to the church at birth. She became a nun at age 18. • She was known for having visions, claiming … Continue reading Composer Corner: von Bingen →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:00:56 -0600

Highlights from Nov. 15 to 22 Tuesday, 8:45 a.m. John Birge interviews Minnesota Opera Das Rheingold singers and conductor, with in-studio performance. 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: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Marek Janowski, conductor; Anna Vinnitskaya, piano; … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:00:54 -0600

Highlights from Nov. 8 to 15 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: Alexei Lubimov, Viacheslav Poprugin, pianos; Debussy: Excerpts from ‘Préludes’ — recorded at the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. 3 p.m. … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:00:36 -0500

Highlights from Nov. 1 to 8 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/Vasily Petrenko, conductor; Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43 — recorded at the DR Concert House, Copenhagen. Thursday, 1 … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ and why you should listen to it

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:39:10 -0500

One of the most familiar pieces of early 18th century music (and perhaps classical music in general) is Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” But what makes it so memorable and significant? As teacher Betsy Schwarm notes in the Ted-Ed video “Why should you listen to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’?”, part of its allure and importance lies in its use … Continue reading Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ and why you should listen to it →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:50:46 -0500

Highlights from Oct. 25 to Nov. 2 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. 8 p.m. Concordia Choir in concert on Choral Stream. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 12 midnight Euro Classics: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Alan Buribayev, conductor; Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From … Continue reading On The Air This Week →