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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celeste Headlee stops by Learning to Listen to talk about her grandfather, William Grant Still.
Each year, hundreds of high school students study and prepare for the Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest. On this week's Learning to Listen, Emily Reese plays music selections from the contest and speaks to two mentors: Nanette Stroebel, a listening coach and music teacher, and Melissa Bergstrom, a coach and the author of this year's study guide.
Celebrate the birthday of the King of Violins, Fritz Kreisler, who dazzled audiences with his expressive style, his beautiful sound and his crowd-pleasing music. Hear recordings of Kreisler, along with his seldom-heard String Quartet, on this week's Learning to Listen.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to Learning to Listen to chat about (and play!) Mozart's Violin Concerti.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has a new recording that includes all five of the violin concerti written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Rachel joins Learning to Listen to talk about Mozart's music for violin.
A composer with two sides wrote a piece for a violinist with two sides, about an animal with two sides. Hear a new violin concerto written by Mason Bates on Classical MPR's Learning to Listen.
Composer Jason Graves talks about his score for 'Tomb Raider' and about writing memorable music for video games. Hear it on this week's episode of Top Score.
Since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a concert of Viennese waltzes. We'll do the same on this week's Learning to Listen.