Highlights from June 1 to 7
Wednesday, noon: Music for Minnesotans: Sam Wai
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, 8 pm: Minnesota Varsity Concert Broadcast
Friday, 8 pm: the Minnesota Orchestra plays music of Kernis, Beethoven, and Sibelius
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Off the Shelf
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Brahms
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Long ago, your health and behavior were, according to the most advanced science, dictated by four humors, the sources of which included blood and bile. But I can never keep black bile and yellow bile straight, and who would want to (not to mention phlegm; as Joe Pesci might say, “Fuggedaboutit!”)? But with the help of Carl Nielsen, as well as Mr. Pesci, here are some vivid humorous associations, to make medieval diagnosticians of us all.
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From the Freakonomics blog:
“A new study argues that musicians have more highly developed brains.
This makes musicians alert, interested in learning, disposed to see the whole picture, calm, and playful. The same traits have previously been found among world-class athletes, top-level managers, and individuals who practice transcendental meditation.
Musicians also exhibited higher levels of moral reasoning and had more frequent “peak experiences”- intense moments of happiness and feelings of transcending limitations.”
You can read the report at the Freakonomics blog.
And don’t forget to join our friends from Freakonomics Radio when they come to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul June 9. MPR members get a discount!
Tune in tomorrow and Friday for a “Morning Glory” with host Alison Young as we continue to celebrate the great outdoors this week on Classical MPR. At 10 a.m., she’ll play longer works composed by Schumann and Poulenc that were inspired by nature.
I just returned from a five-day backpack trip on the Superior Hiking Trail.
I’m a section hiker of this 277 mile footpath and try to catch as many miles as I can when I have a few days off. This was a particularly stunning time to be there as the leaves were just beginning to pop and wild-flowers were pushing their way up through mats of dead leaves.
Even with rain, it was stunning and I was inspired to sing a little Mozart here, a snatch of Debussy there – there was one moment when I got a bit carried away and tried singing all of the parts of “The Rite of Spring.” Good thing it was just me, my hiking buddy and nature herself listening to that!
Minnesota is filled with an abundance of beauty outdoors. As we get closer to summer, we’re wondering what you’re up to. Where are your favorite state parks? What do you look forward to most when the weather gets nice and you can be outdoors without five layers? Are you a kayaker cranking through breakers along the North Shore trail? Do you prefer a lazy dip in the Saint Croix River? Or are you more the hang-out-in-my-hammock type in the shade? Maybe biking is your thing – or a round of disc-golf.
And if music plays a role in your outdoor adventure, we’d love to know that too. Maybe we can sing Stravinsky duets!
(Alison climbing “Sugar Plum Fairy” at Tettegouche State Park. MPR photo/Alison Young)
Highlights from May 25 to June 1
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Alon Goldstein, piano
Friday, 8 pm: the Minnesota Orchestra offers a trumpet concerto by Linkola and a symphony by Mahler
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Kimmel Center Concert Collective
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Sir Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic
Monday, 8 pm: members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra play chamber works by Mozart and Brahms
Too well-made for hard-headed reality, they may not in fact have happened as reported. But apocrypha are parables, saying something truthful without necessarily being true.
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He lived before we applied the epithet Genius to musicians of stratospheric talent. We wait on that one for Mozart’s legacy, and Beethoven’s. He labored in backwaters for petty princes and church fathers. So his personality seems less vivid to us than the anecdote-rich lives of Spendthrift and Storm-Tossed. Yet he remains apart, a kind of bedrock. A few details about this essential artist.
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On the anniversary of Mahler’s death, the New York Times posts Peter Davis’s article on Mahler’s lasting legacy in that city.
Highlights from May 18 to 25
Thursday, 11:30 am: Cantus visits our studio
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: composer Joshua Fishbein, winner of the National Lutheran Choir competition
Friday, 3 pm: Friday Favorites
Friday, 8 pm: Mark Wigglesworth leads the Minnesota Orchestra in Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Stravinsky
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Dutch Treats
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
It’s almost 100 years to the day (May 18, 1911) since Mahler’s death.
To see how it was covered at the time, take a look at this May 17 issue of a Viennese newspaper, which treated Mahler’s illness as front-page news.