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Articles by Alison Young

Learning to Listen: Themes of Love and Romance Article

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.


Valentine's Day with Cantus Article

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.


Music with Minnesotans: Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre finds focus with classical music Article

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.


Listen live: Jeremy Denk explores Beethoven's 'Emperor Concerto' with the SPCO Article

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.