Emily Reese

Emily Reese

Classical MPR host
Minnesota Public Radio
ereese@mpr.org


Emily Reese is on-air host for Classical Minnesota Public Radio. She is also the host and producer for Top Score, Classical MPR's podcast about video game composers, and created MPR's Listening to Learn series. She previously worked for NET Radio in Lincoln, Neb., as a news host. She earned a B.A. in music education and jazz studies from the University of Colorado - Boulder, and a masters degree in music theory from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Emily lives in Twin Cities with her cat, Junebug, and loves gaming, with or without friends.

Emily Reese Feature Archive

Ludwig II, King of Bavaria
On this week's Learning to Listen, hear stories about the relationships between patrons and composers, with music by Wagner, Corelli and more. (05/18/2015)
Fanny Mendelssohn
In honor of Mother's Day, you'll hear from composers and performers who learned piano from their mothers; it's on this week's Learning to Listen from Classical MPR. (05/11/2015)
Lusitania, coming into dock, New York City
Thursday, May 7, marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll hear how composers responded to the tragedy. (05/04/2015)
The crowning of a new king or queen in the United Kingdom merits a big celebration, dating back centuries. Hear special music written for these ceremonies on this week's Learning to Listen. (04/27/2015)
In the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament, there are 150 Psalms. With texts like "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet", it's no wonder so many composers set Psalms to music. We'll hear a number of them on this week's Learning to Listen. (04/20/2015)
After four years of soundtrack development, the score for the game 'Ori and the Blind Forest' rested on one composer's ability to unite new musicians and seasoned score professionals. (04/16/2015)
Classical MPR celebrates choral music in April with "Voices of Spring". Each Monday this month, hear choral works from master composers. This week on Learning to Listen, you'll hear Beethoven's Mass in C, a work containing elements that foreshadow Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. (04/13/2015)
The story of Mozart's Requiem is shrouded in mystery -- a web of deception woven by those he left behind when he died. Learn about and hear the music on Monday's Learning to Listen. (04/06/2015)
Ralph Vaughan Williams had a unique style, blending sounds from medieval music with folk songs in the 20th century. Hear more about this sound on this week's Learning to Listen. (03/30/2015)
On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear how two composers expressed their joy of springtime. What pieces of music make you think of spring? (03/23/2015)
Classical MPR host Andrea Blain spent more than 30 years in Ireland. She joins Learning to Listen to give us an inside listen to Irish music in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. (03/16/2015)
American composer Kevin Puts premiered his second opera with Minnesota Opera this past weekend. Hear Kevin talk about writing for orchestra and for voice on this week's Learning to Listen. (03/09/2015)
Two members of the Cypress String Quartet join Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's "Middle String Quartets" - also known by the name of the Russian count who commissioned them, Andrey Razumovsky. (03/02/2015)
The sun shines brightly in the dead of winter on Classical MPR's Learning to Listen. Hear how composers have honored the sun in their music, and bask in the lyrical warmth. (02/23/2015)
On Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR will air the live broadcast of the Minnesota Orchestra playing Osmo Vanska's arrangement of Jean Sibelius's music for Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. The program will be narrated by the Guthrie Theater's Joe Dowling. Emily Reese spoke to Dowling about Shakespeare and Sibelius, and about what's next for Dowling as he steps down as the Guthrie's artistic director. (02/20/2015)