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  • jonathan laflamme teacherMusic Teacher Feature: Jonathan Laflamme
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Jonathan Laflamme, director of bands at Little Falls Community High School in Little Falls, Minn.September 23, 2014
  • John Luther AdamsFirst Listen: John Luther Adams, 'Become Ocean'
    Even though public recognition has been too long in coming, John Luther Adams' music has found its rightful place, and the timing of a piece the composer explicitly links to environmental issues couldn't feel more urgent. Aesthetically and thematically, this is the time for Become Ocean.September 22, 2014
  • AuditionMy orchestra audition gratitude challenge
    Auditions are usually stressful events, and by their nature disappointing for most of the people involved, so cultivating an attitude of gratitude (corny rhyme though it may be) is a good practice for classical musicians.September 22, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Refining skills with piano etudes
    Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes.September 22, 2014
  • Class Notes: What's in a Title?
    The Class Notes video "What's in a Title?" offers teachers a fun way to dispel some of the confusion classical titles can cause.September 22, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Music and Learning
    We're celebrating education this month at Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and throughout September have been playing music for and about learning. We're also working off-air to inspire the next generation of listeners, offering a series of videos and teaching tools to educators across the state. This week, we'll check out the music used in five of the videos.September 22, 2014
  • Voces8: Helping the next generation
    Education has been at the heart of Voces8 since its inception. The group members see it as their responsibility to help the next generation have success in music and in school. Listen to audio and watch videos that demonstrate this commitment.September 22, 2014
  • A violist's-eye view of the orchestra
    In truth, there are jokes about every instrument in the orchestra, and about the perceived personality of an average operator of that instrument. But the viola jokes are particularly numerous and omnipresent on orchestral stages, and there's a reason for that.September 19, 2014
  • Class Notes: Freeing Music Improvisation
    This Class Notes video, Freeing Music: Improvisation, is designed to help teachers introduce students the kind of improvisation and ornamentation typical of Baroque music.September 19, 2014
  • You liked that? Maybe you'll like this!
    We've added a new twist to Music with Minnesotans: Each week, we'll ask you to suggest a piece of music to Steve Staruch's guest. Read how Grant Johnson, this season's first Music with Minnesotans guest, responds to a listener tip, then learn how you can get involved.September 19, 2014
  • Moveable Feasts: The Influence of Baby Boomers
    This week and next mark the 50th anniversary of a number of baby-boomer TV icons, including Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, and Bewitched. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about the Boomer generation and their impact on the foodie universe.September 19, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity
    Attention high school musicians: Minnesota Varsity 2015 is now open for submissions!September 18, 2014
  • Meet Dirk Meyer of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
    Dirk Meyer is the music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. He begins his second season with a concert this Saturday night at the DECC in Duluth. Meyer spoke with Steve Staruch about his big goals for the DSSO.September 18, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica
    Today's Regional Spotlight is a performance from this past February's Schubert Club International Artist Series. Kremerata Baltica performs at the top of its game.September 18, 2014
  • All aboard the MN Express: New music hops a bus
    Featuring artists who have participated in the organization's 416 Club commissions program, which is designed to support the creation of new work by local emerging artists, the tour will travel to different small cities and towns in Minnesota for ticketed performances as well as free impromptu pop-up gigs at libraries, farmers' markets, and public spaces.September 18, 2014