Maya Angelou, one of the most beloved African-American authors, died today at age 86. In spite of her difficult childhood, she became an award-winning writer and a leading civil-rights activist who ultimately received the 2010 Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Even facing the rockiest of realities, Maya Angelou still rose -- and inspired others.
Grammy award-winning conductor Charles Bruffy leads the Kansas City Chorale. On Friday, May 9, Bruffy participated in a live video chat with Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. You can view this fun and engaging conversation, now archived on the Classical Notes blog.
OK, choral music fans -- it's time to test your music mettle! Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR's Choral Stream producer, has put together this Choral Geek Quiz; two quizzes, in fact. Try both levels and see how much you know about choral music.
Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and Brian Newhouse talk about how they discovered Pentatonix -- and share two brand new videos from their studio performance.
Classical Minnesota Public Radio presents the critically acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble in concert February 13.