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Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Boy Choir gets in the holiday spirit
The Minnesota Boy Choir's performances of the "Carol of the Bells," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and Vince Guaraldi's classic "Christmas Time Is Here" are sure to warm your heart on a cold December afternoon. Listen now.
Holiday Regional Spotlight I
Vox Nova Chorale has just released its first CD, 'A Minnesota Christmas.' Two pieces from this young and hardworking choir are in this week's Regional Spotlight. Isaac Lovedahl's "They Brought a Joyful Song" is followed by Michael Atwood's "Fear Not: Behold." Both works show off one of Minnesota's newest choral ensembles.
Regional Spotlight: Vadym Kholodenko
It's been five years since Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko won the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. When asked at the press conference how he felt he replied, 'Not disappointed.' You won't be disappointed with his performance of Ravel's Sonatine from his October Frederic Chopin Society recital.
Regional Spotlight: Bringing It Down to Earth
The Rose Ensemble is preparing for a series of concerts titled Empire, Religion, War, Peace: Music from Europe's 30 Year Conflict, 1618-1648. Jordan Sramek, artistic director of the Rose Ensemble, and Greg Ingles, director of the Dark Horse Consort, join Steve Staruch for a preview of this weekend's performances.
Regional Spotlight: Really Goode
After the sustained ovation for his Frederic Chopin Society recital in April, pianist Richard Goode gave his audience an exuberant performance of Chopin's iconic 'Barcarolle.' You'll want to shout and cheer!
Regional Spotlight: The serenity of tears
The Rose Ensemble sings the Agnus Dei and Lux Aeterna from a Requiem by Tomas Luis de Victoria.
Regional Spotlight: Peled plays Haydn
Amit Peled performs on a cello once owned by Pablo Casals. He makes the instrument sing. And the perfect vehicle for Peled's vocal style is the the Haydn Cello Concerto No 1. The Minnesota Sinfonia, led by Jay Fishman, is the perfect 'backup' band for this heartfelt performance. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Watch violinist Rachel Barton Pine perform a duet with her 7-year-old daughter
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays a duet with the cutest partner ever: her 7-year-old daughter, Sylvia! Watch now as they perform a work by Gonzaga for Performance Today in our studios.
Regional Spotlight: Songs of Fernando Sor
Two Twin Cities performers make musical magic in this week's Regional Spotlight. Guitarist Eva Beneke and mezzo-soprano Nerea Berraondo have just released a recording of songs by 19th-century guitarist and composer Fernando Sor.
Regional Spotlight: A tribute to Bach
Cesar Franck's 1885 work 'Prelude, Chorale and Fugue' is a tribute to the austerity, yet deep-feeling nature, of Bach. Juho Pohjonen's performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital earlier this year is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Regional Spotlight: Soulful!
Soulful! When Twin Cities native Xavier Jara plays his guitar, time doesn't rush by so quickly and every moment is an invitation to beauty. His performance of the haunting Elegy, by Jeremy Collins, is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Regional Spotlight: Music of Love and the Stars
Jesus Silva's poetry is filled with words and phrases that ring in the imagination. ('There is that star, scintillating.') Minnesota guitarist and composer Jeffrey Van set Silva's poem 'Transformation' ('like a trill of diamonds') for guitar quartet and mixed chorus. The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and the Choral Arts Ensemble performed the piece in March.
Regional Spotlight: Byrd by Goode
Elizabethan composer William Byrd's keyboard dances of 1591 are gentle, suave and sensuous. Pianist Richard Good articulates these program opening dances in such a way that you can almost hear words. His performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital in April are in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Regional Spotlight: Bach Violin/Cello Connection
Mark Kosower is the principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra. In this week's Regional Spotlight, he performs his transcription of the opening Adagio and Fugue from Bach's Sonata in C for Solo Violin. Kosower performed at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church this summer as an artist-in-residence with the International Cello Institute.
Regional Spotlight: Mirandola Ensemble sings Bach
The voices wind around one another like vines on a trellis, a peaceful, cooling and gratifying whole. The Mirandola Ensemble sings a Bach motet in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Regional Spotlight: Summer music
Garrett McQueen is the newest host in the Classical MPR lineup. A professional bassoonist, McQueen founded the Cooper-Young Winds in Memphis. Their performance of Samuel Barber's 'Summer Music' is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
Regional Spotlight: Lakes Area Music Festival III
This week's Regional Spotlight features the Finale of Haydn's Symphony No. 92 from last year's Lakes Area Music Festival.
Regional Spotlight: Lakes Area Music Feastival II
In this week's Regional Spotlight, Andrew Altenbach conducts the final movement of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish") from last year's Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd.
Regional Spotlight: Lakes Area Music Festival I
The bravos are loud and genuine! The 10th-anniversary season of the Lakes Area Music Festival is about to begin in Brainerd, Minn. Ravel's 'Introduction for Harp, Winds and Strings' from last year's festival is in this week's Regional Spotlight.