Sam Smith encouraged the Xcel Energy Center crowd to sing on Tuesday night in St. Paul.

Pop star Sam Smith's stage steals the show in St. Paul

With so many sad ballads, the Grammy-winning Brit relied on cool staging and smart arrangements at the X.

Injury report: Minnesota musicians Charlie Parr, the Bad Man sidelined by broken body parts

August 14
Injury report: Minnesota musicians Charlie Parr, the Bad Man sidelined by broken body parts
Parr safely traverses the country by car every year but crashed after a few minutes on a skateboard.
Concert

Minnesota singers join voices with South African choir: 'It's magic all the way'

8:31am
The Minnesota Chorale and South Africa-based choir Gauteng Choristers rehearsed for the first time together in Johannesburg.
Minnesota Chorale loosens up, while the South Africans get a lesson in German.
Music
3:55pm
Minnesota Orchestra trombone player Andrew Chappell said goodbye to members of the KwaZulu Natal Youth Wind Band after a coaching session in Durban, S

In teaching young South African talents, Minn. Orchestra musicians find their own inspiration

While encouraging young South African talents, Minnesota Orchestra musicians are finding inspiration of their own.
Music
2:33pm
Bass players pack up their instruments into their trunks after the Durban concert in South Africa.

Touring with Minnesota Orchestra involves a high-stakes truck ride with precious cargo

Some of the instruments also need their own kind of visas to travel.
Music
2:06pm
Soprano Goitsemang Lehobye sings "Harmonia Ubuntu" as Osmo V‰nsk‰ conducts during rehearsal. ] LEILA NAVIDI ï leila.navidi@startribune.com BACKGR

Follow Minnesota Orchestra's first-of-its-kind tour to South Africa

The orchestra is the first from the United States to play South Africa's biggest stages.
Music
August 14
Wednesday's Rod Stewart concert in St. Paul is postponed until Oct. 14

Wednesday's Rod Stewart concert in St. Paul is postponed until Oct. 14

The Rock Hall of Famer has strep throat. He'll return with Cyndi Lauper this fall.
Music
August 14
Brainerd music fest prepares for big growth spurt — and new arts center

Brainerd music fest prepares for big growth spurt — and new arts center

Referendum passed by Brainerd voters will provide a new performing-arts center for the Lakes Area Music Festival.
Music
August 13
Aretha Franklin, shown in 2011, was the first woman inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin reportedly gravely ill

Aretha Franklin is gravely ill, according to several reports. The "Queen of Soul" last year announced she planned to retire from touring, and in March…
Music
August 13
Questlove says don't blame him for no symphonic Prince concert in Minneapolis — yet

Questlove says don't blame him for no symphonic Prince concert in Minneapolis — yet

He's just the curator, not the booker, of the 36-city tour featuring a 27-piece orchestra playing music of the Purple One.
Music
August 13
Jarrelle Barton practiced the guzheng, or Chinese zither, at the Anderson Center near Red Wing. He was 13 when he discovered the instrument from a CD

Prior Lake man excels in playing 'heavenly sounding' ancient Chinese instrument

As a teen, Jarrelle Barton discovered an ancient Chinese instrument. Now it's the focus of his life.
Music
August 13
Connor Davison, lead singer Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge play First Avenue Aug. 18 to support Bad Bad Hats’ second album, “Lightning Round.”

Minnesota rockers Bad Bad Hats maintain freshman charm with sophomore album

Singer Kerry Alexander is newly married but still happily singing about breakups with husband/bandmate Chris Hoge.
Music
August 13
Radiohead's Thom Yorke to end 21-year Minnesota lull on Dec. 6

Radiohead's Thom Yorke to end 21-year Minnesota lull on Dec. 6

Yorke will appease Twin Cities fans with a solo date at Northrop Auditorium after his band once again skipped us this summer.
Music
August 13
Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä is known to British audiences for his Beethoven and Sibelius recordings.

London critics give Vänskä mixed reviews for BBC Proms concert

review: British critics were caught by surprise by programming.
Music
August 13
Tour guide and former political prisoner Derrick Basson leads a tour of the former prison on Robben Island.

Musicians make a grim pilgrimage to Mandela's prison cell: 'I know I don't have that strength'

A former prisoner led the grim trek through Robben Island, where South Africa's future president spent 18 years.
Music
August 13
Soprano Goitsemang Lehobye sings during the South African premiere of “Harmonia Ubuntu” by composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen, during Friday’s Minne

At a historic concert in Cape Town, music echoes the words of Nelson Mandela

During a rousing, sold-out start for the Minnesota Orchestra in South Africa, the former president's words were sung by a soaring soprano.
Music
August 13
At 79, William Bell proves to be consummate soul man at the Dakota

At 79, William Bell proves to be consummate soul man at the Dakota

The Stax Records stalwart played three long shows in 24 hours in Minnesota.
Music
August 12

Brainerd festival's 'Appalachian Spring' program delivers musical firecrackers and nostalgia

Program at Brainerd's Lakes Festival celebrates Copland and Barber.
Music
August 12
Kid Rock performed Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, Minn.

Kid Rock tries to unite Minnesotans around his awesomeness

The divisive rocker played the first sold-out show at Treasure Island's new amphitheater.
Music
August 12

The week's best classical concerts: Opera al fresco, 'The Magic Flute' in Brainerd

Opera al frescoMixed Precipitation is on the road again, taking its unique brand of opera to parks, farms and gardens. This year's mash-up of classic…
Music
August 11
The Zac Brown Band performed Friday, August 10, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn.

Zac Brown Band powers its country music with big dose of pop

The hitmakers played as many covers as their own biggest songs at Target Field.
Music
August 10
Composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen.

Orchestra sounds a note of joy with Beethoven's Ninth and South African premiere

The Minnesota Orchestra's South Africa day ends in joy, with a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Music
August 10
Osmo Vänskä led the Minnesota Orchestra’s “Celebrating Mandela at 100” concert at Orchestra Hall Friday.

'Music became a weapon against apartheid,' Mandela's daughter says as orchestra previews its program

"We're not in Kansas anymore, are we?" joked the evening's host, Brian Newhouse of Classical MPR, after the drums had quieted and the applause died down.
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