Composers have reflected on themes of love in their music pretty much for as long as music has existed. This week on Learning to Listen, we're going to hear music that reflects ideas of romance or love as Valentine's Day approaches.
Men's vocal ensemble Cantus join host Alison Young for an hour of music and conversation in celebration of Valentine's Day. Through their music, Cantus give voice to that familiar kind of love we celebrate on this day while also broadening that definition through their songs and personal reflections.
Alison Young leads a double life as one of our classical hosts and as a long-distance backpacker. As she takes a leave of absence to hike New Zealand's version of the Appalachian Trail, she shares the influence of classical music on her five-month, 1,800-mile trek.
Lonnie Dupre is a Minnesota legend who loves classical music. It keeps him focused, calm, centered, brave and empowered -- and you need every single one of those feelings if you're planning to travel across the North Pole in summer, or circumnavigate Greenland by kayak, or climb Denali all alone in the darkest time of year.
Michael Barone, host of 'Pipedreams' and Classical MPR's in-house organ expert, offers an insider's view of the stunning 7,000-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ at the University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium. Join him Saturday to hear it at two free events.
The Minnesota Orchestra opens its 2018-2019 season with music from Joan Tower, Aaron Copland and a Brahms concerto performed by pianist Emanuel Ax. Listen to the concert live on Classical MPR at 8 p.m. Friday, hosted by Alison Young.
Jeremy Denk plays one of his favorite pieces, Beethoven's 'Emperor Concerto,' this weekend with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Find out why the pianist loves the work so much and hear his performance Saturday night during Classical MPR's live broadcast of the SPCO's season-opening concert.
The latest Picnic Operetta production, 'Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County,' brings together music, food and the environment in a modern rendition of Otto Nicolai's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor.' It also includes music by Bruce Springsteen.