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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:50:08 -0600

 



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 →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:00:21 -0500

Highlights from Oct. 18 to 25 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 South America Classics: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop, conductor; Denis Kozhukin, piano; Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 — recorded at the … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Classical music and popcorn help fuel PSAT preparation

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:40:09 -0500

According to a recent Kaplan survey of 400 teens preparing to take the PSAT this month, classical music is the most popular soundtrack for test preparation.  Mozart, in particular, was cited as the favorite composer to listen to while studying. “Depending on the individual, studying with music can be calming, motivating or distracting, so we recommend … Continue reading Classical music and popcorn help fuel PSAT preparation →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:00:58 -0500

Highlights from Oct. 11 to 18 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/Fabio Luisi, conductor; Carl Nielsen (arr. Hans Abrahamsen): Commotio — recorded at the DR Concert House, Copenhagen. Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Composer Corner: Reich

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:54:46 -0500

October’s composer of the month is Steve Reich.   Born: October 3, 1936   Five facts: • Reich’s music was not well-received initially, and he had to work as a taxi driver and social worker to earn a living. • In 1967, Reich formed a collective ensemble with fellow composer Philip Glass. They also formed a moving company — Chelsea Light … Continue reading Composer Corner: Reich →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:32:45 -0500

Highlights from Oct. 4 to 11 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. 7:30 p.m. Renée Fleming Schubert Club recital, live broadcast; Elena See hosts. 12 midnight South America Classics: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Stéphane Denève, conductor; Gershwin: An American in Paris … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



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 →