Articles by Randy Salas

Hear the song cycle with words by Toni Morrison Article

When people think of Toni Morrison, who died Monday at 88, the Nobel- and Pulitzer-winning author's novels surely come to mind first. But she also made a splash in classical music, providing the text for a song cycle and an opera. Listen now.


Happy 100th birthday to the late, great Liberace Article

May 16, 2019, marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Liberace, the onetime piano prodigy who turned classical music into showy, prime-time entertainment. Let's look back on this remarkable performer.


That time when Mister Rogers played tuba with Sam Pilafian Article

As the music world mourns the passing of tuba virtuoso Sam Pilafian, who has died at 69, we can't help but remember the times when TV legend Fred Rogers visited with the highly regarded instrumentalist and his ensemble, the Empire Brass Quintet.


Hear famous Minnesotans read 'Goodnight Moon' while Anthony Ross plays cello Article

To celebrate the opening of The ABC of It children's book exhibit at the University of Minnesota, the folks at the U's Kerlan Collection enlisted the help of famous Minnesotans to read 'Goodnight Moon' -- with a classical twist. Hear luminaries such as retired State Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, comedy legend Dudley Riggs and the Suburbs frontman Chan Poling share the bedtime classic, while Minnesota Orchestra cellist Anthony Ross plays Schumann's 'Lullaby.'