On Monday mornings at 9:15, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the features I'll be discussing this morning—Tuesday, due to the holiday weekend—with Melissa Ousley.
By now you may have heard the Minnesota Orchestra's Cuba concerts, and perhaps seen Nate Ryan's photos of the orchestra's historic trip. To add to your understanding of what the trip meant, it's well-worth reading clarinetist Rena Kraut's "Notes from Cuba": first-hand accounts of Rena's encounters with Cubans.
A choral program at Como Park Senior High in St. Paul gives kids the chance not just to sing, but to conduct. Read about what the program has meant to graduating student Esther Vang.
Over at our new listening site YourClassical, Garrett Tiedemann has been writing about the music of some of the biggest summer blockbusters. This week, he looked back on the mixed history of the Poltergeist franchise, which has just been revived.