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Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:06:22 -0600

 



Composer Corner: Adams

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:26:14 -0600

February’s composer of the month is John Adams.   Born: Feb. 15, 1947   Five facts: • Adams is widely considered to be the most performed living American composer. • Now and then, you can find Adams — a baseball fan — attending an Oakland A’s game. • His 1985 work Harmonielehre was inspired by a dream of an oil tanker … Continue reading Composer Corner: Adams →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:10:24 -0600

Highlights from Feb. 14 to 21 Tuesday, 12 p.m. Valentine’s Day with Cantus, hosted by Alison Young 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: Chorus of the Autonomous Community of Madrid; RTVE Chorus; RTVE Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar, conductor; … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



Brooklyn Duo covers a-ha’s ‘Take on Me’

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:55:49 -0600

Brooklyn Duo recently joined forces with members of Ensemble Connect to cover a-ha’s 80s hit, “Take On Me.” Check out video of their fun arrangement below. Performers Brooklyn Duo  — Marnie Laird, piano; Patrick Laird, cello Members of Ensemble Connect — Rebecca Anderson, violin; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Madeline Fayette, cello; Lizzie Burns, bass; Bixby Kennedy, clarinet; Rémy Taghavi, … Continue reading Brooklyn Duo covers a-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:00:17 -0600

Highlights from Feb. 7 to 14 Tuesday, 7 a.m. Romantic Movie music: Steiner, Casablanca suite. 1 p.m. Performance Today. 3 p.m. Star-Crossed Lovers music: Wagner, Tristan und Isolde. 9 p.m. Works of Love: Mahler, Symphony No. 5: Adiagetto. Wednesday, 7 a.m. Romantic Movie music: Rodgers and Hammerstein, South Pacific: “Some Enchanted Evening.” 7:30 a.m. & … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



$2.5M grant awarded to Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:36:51 -0600

It was announced this week that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made an unprecedented $2.532 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) — a consortium of music education organizations serving students all over Greater Philadelphia. The grant will help prepare the most committed young musicians in the area, ensuring that they … Continue reading $2.5M grant awarded to Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth →



On The Air This Week

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 04:52:24 -0600

Highlights from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7 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; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 111 — recorded at the Concert Hall in … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



On The Air This Week

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:00:13 -0600

Highlights from Jan. 24 to 31 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 Radio Symphony Orchestra/Tomas Brauner, conductor; Alexei Lubimov, Viacheslav Poprugin, pianos; Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, for two pianos — recorded at the … Continue reading On The Air This Week →



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 →