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

seattle skyline
This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle. (08/28/2014)
Darren Korb
Hear Darren Korb (and his new son, Milo) discuss Darren's new soundtrack to the game 'Transistor' on Classical MPR's Top Score. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win one of two CDs by Darren Korb. (08/27/2014)
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Aside from a handful of unpreventable interruptions, like the Civil War and a polio outbreak, Minnesotans have traveled to the State Fair since 1859. On today's Learning to Listen, hear music inspired by the Great Minnesota Get-Together. (08/25/2014)
In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score. (08/25/2014)
Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games. (08/21/2014)
On this week's Learning to Listen, discover what a cantata is, and hear a new cantata by American composer Robert Kyr. (08/18/2014)
Composer Cris Velasco recently finished music for 'Company of Heroes 3: Western Front Armies'. It marks the third time he's scored a World War II-themed game. This project focuses on the Western Front and the Battle of the Bulge. It's on this week's Top Score. (08/14/2014)
The music is refined yet accessible. The melody is clear, typically played by the violin. The music is constructed with clean, coherent phrases - components of clarity, like sentences in a paragraph. (08/11/2014)
Summer camp. The words bring back memories of warm days, making friends ... and alien invasions? That's the case for students of Minneapolis's Composing For Video Games camp. Find out more about the campers' boundless creativity and hear some of their work on Classical MPR's Top Score. (08/07/2014)
Music from the Baroque is hands down my favorite era — there are so many delights and surprises, and we'll get to hear many of those. Today, you'll discover what music often sounded like in the Baroque era, and you'll hear many 'dead giveaways' in the concepts of Baroque music. (08/04/2014)
31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. (07/31/2014)
31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. (07/30/2014)
Clara was an outstanding human, and I adore this prelude and fugue she wrote -- particularly the fugue. (07/29/2014)
Pianist Richard Goode returns to Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110. (07/28/2014)
31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. (07/28/2014)