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

Composer Mikolai Stroinski
Top Score had the opportunity for a written interview with composer Mikolai Stroinski. In this interview, he reveals a release date for his gorgeous score to "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter". (12/17/2014)
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein in concert
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein's third recording is a love letter to the cello, and its evolution as a solo instrument. Hear her talk about cello, and hear selections from her new recording on this week's Learning to Listen. (12/15/2014)
Bassist Zachary Cohen
This month, you have numerous opportunities to hear some of Minnesota's best musicians in special holiday performances. On this week's Learning to Listen, find out more about these ensembles. (12/08/2014)
Composers Joe Henson and Alexis Smith form a composing duo called The Flight. They've been working together on music for more than 20 years, including video games. Henson and Smith speak to Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score. (12/04/2014)
Johann Sebastian Bach recycled music from an earlier cantata and added relevant texts to create an Advent Cantata in 1731. The resulting music is in the spotlight on this week's Learning to Listen. (12/01/2014)
What happens to music when you put 102 people on a boat and send them to establish a colony in a new world? We'll explore that in this week's Learning to Listen, a special for Thanksgiving. (11/24/2014)
When Emily Reese was young, she liked to play piano with her mom. This always happened during the holidays. Emily and her mother never quite made it as a globe-trotting performing duo; however, you'll hear from families who did on this week's Learning to Listen. (11/17/2014)
A New York patron of the arts brought a Bohemian composer to America to teach students an American classical style. She chose Antonin Dvorak, who developed a style influenced by American folk music, American Indian music and African American spirituals. Hear the story and music on this week's Learning to Listen. (11/10/2014)
The strangest thing happened to Classical MPR's Emily Reese the other day: she fell in love with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1. Hear the story and the music on today's Learning to Listen. (11/03/2014)
Instruments create some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. But with Halloween approaching, this week's Learning to Listen focuses on some of the stranger, spookier sounds in music. (10/27/2014)
On today's Learning to Listen we remember the legacies of composer Stephen Paulus and radio host Leigh Kamman. (10/20/2014)
Hector Berlioz wrote his first symphony, called Symphonie Fantastique, in 1830. It is considered the first Romantic symphony. The creepy story that accompanies the music makes this a perfect fit for October. It's on this week's Learning to Listen. (10/13/2014)
It's one of the most popular forms of music, especially in the classical era, and perhaps one of the easiest to understand. On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear about the "rondo". (10/06/2014)
On today's Learning to Listen, hear three of the most beloved children's stories from classical music. (09/29/2014)
Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes. (09/22/2014)