Minnesota has claim to a wealth of creativity; music is no exception. Almost every genre can be heard within our state’s borders. The results range from a simple act of joy, to an influence that reverberates far beyond (the “Minneapolis Sound” is a prime example). The collection below is an introduction to the diverse and talented artists who have called Minnesota home, and the art they share with all of us.
July 16, 1972 - MPR Classical Host Michael Barone interviews Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. They discuss various composers, classical pieces, and Skrowaczewski’s own compositions.
August 6, 1973 - MPR’s Connie Goldman reports on steel drum concert of pop music as part of a summer enrichment program. It allows junior high students to play the drum without much music training; they play on parts of the drum marked by numbers.
August 8, 1973 - MPR’s Connie Goldman interviews Eric Stokes, Minnesota composer and assistant music professor at University of Minnesota, as he prepares the performance of his composition "Fireflies."
April 12, 1977 - MPR’s Rachel Krantz talks with makers of ‘bone’ instruments for use in theater and dance. Segment includes examples of sounds created by the various instruments.
August 26, 1978 - On this regional public affairs program, a segment of guitarist Sharon Isbin giving lecture on guitar playing and performance.
August 26, 1978 - On this regional public affairs program, a segment of guitarist Sharon Isbin providing a demonstration.
August 30, 1978 - MPR’s Roger Gomoll interviews guitarist Cliff Fredrickson about his profession as a lounge musician. Segment includes music audio clips of Fredrickson performing at a local hotel in Fargo, North Dakota.
September 5, 1978 - MPR’s Jennifer O'Neill profiles the Chatfield Brass Band in Chatfield, MN, which is known as “Band Town USA.” O’Neill interviews members of band about their experiences playing and the preservation efforts of Chatfield Brass Band Music Library.
June 19, 1979 - Polka Power, a report and poetic response to the polka festival subculture in the Upper Midwest with poets Joe and Nancy Paddock.
April 4, 1980 - MPR’s Rich Dietman interviews musician Steve Tibbetts on his process in producing “Yr” album, which included Tibbetts building his own studio on Lake Street and promoting/marketing to small record stores.