It is always so gratifying to receive a letter like this from a young classical music listener:
"I would love to be on Music with Minnesotans to honor my grandfather who died last year, as he helped introduce me to classical music as a child. Thanks!"
That letter came from a 20-something Macalester College and University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs grad, Laura Eash. She is one of just 35 young people chosen to join the field school for environmental organizing Green Corps, and continue her training to become one of the movers and shakers in the environmental and social change world.
At the moment, she is working in the City of Saint Paul's Public Works Department and is helping develop something we are very proud of here in The Cities, pedestrian walkways and bike paths.
Ms. Eash (pronounced "AYSH") says that indeed it was her grandfather who opened up this entire world to her of classical music. It began with homework and using music as a kind of stimulant to keep working. Later in high school and college as projects became more complex and demanding, Laura says classical was always her "default." And now, with headphones on, she can delve into work and let all the office noise - and the distractions of the world - just dissolve.
Laura is an avid traveler, she played piano, sang in choir, has worked in the business side of theater, and for four years at Macalester College, she hosted a radio show with a totally eclectic program including opera and bluegrass. You will hear right away the authority and beauty of her voice setting up her playlist today!
Like many of my Music with Minnesotans guests, Laura has brought music new to me. Her latest obsession is the hit show "Chess in Concert" written by Abba members Benny Andressen and Bjorn Ulveaus along with Tim Rice. It's gorgeous stuff and super popular in the UK, still finding its legs in the United States; a lovely cross-over of pop and classic and a nice addition to our airwaves.
Laura Eash's playlist: