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  • cellist david finckel pianist wu hanRegional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han
    The Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano from a Schubert Club Music in the Park series concert given last year is in this week's Regional Spotlight.July 24, 2014
  • NeuronsHow I use classical music to stimulate my creative brain
    Did I ever tire of the same music every day? No. That's the thing about classical music: there's always something new to hear.July 24, 2014
  • minnehaha falls families pose rushing waterThe music of Minnehaha Falls
    'Song of Hiawatha' poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow never saw the 53-foot waterfall mentioned in his poem, but Longfellow fan Antonin Dvořak did -- and was inspired to describe its beauty in music.July 24, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 24: Mozart at his darkest
    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.July 24, 2014
  • Top Score: Composer Goomin Nam writes music of solitude
    South Korean composer Goomin Nam explores the emotions of longing and tranquility in his new soundtrack for the game "Monarch: Heroes of a New Age"July 24, 2014
  • T-Bone Burnett: Ten things to know about the movie and TV music giant
    For those who may be new to Burnett, who has had a long and rich career, here are ten things to know.July 23, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 23: An authoritative cello
    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. Today, we're looking at the first movement of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto.July 23, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Expect the Unexpected
    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis have released 'The Silver Album', a two-CD set featuring major sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, a few timeless encore pieces and a couple world-premiere recordings. The album celebrates their 25-year collaboration. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy.July 23, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: Meryl Streep, 'Out of Africa'
    Meryl Streep is widely considered to be the greatest living actress. She has garnered more Academy Award nominations than any other, although Katherine Hepburn has won more Oscars. Lynne Warfel looks at 'Out of Africa', for which Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.July 22, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Kate An Hunter
    Kate An Hunter is a big-hearted veterinarian. Her playlist is full of large orchestral works. Music as large as many of the animals she treats.July 22, 2014
  • Confessions of an amateur musician
    I will never be a great, or even a pretty good, clarinet player. I will never zip up and down scales, double-tonguing effortlessly and gliding with ease through cadenzas, pulling emotions out of world-weary listeners. Yet I continue to push against these limits, worrying at them like a dog chewing on a nylabone.July 22, 2014
  • Carnegie Hall Live: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
    The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America makes its Carnegie Hall debut in an electrifying program that begins with Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a great American work that pulses with fiery rhythms but also includes some of the most tender love music ever written. Tune in July 22 at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m ET to hear this incredible live performance.July 22, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 22: Drama and a feeling of grandeur
    Domenico wrote 555 keyboard sonatas. Five hundred and fifty-five. To be fair, many are quite short, but each is constructed like a master carpenter would build a house.July 22, 2014
  • Carnegie Hall on Learning to Listen
    Since Carnegie Hall opened in May 1891, there have been more than 46,000 performances in its three auditoriums. Learn about some of the most famous music to come from Carnegie Hall on today's Learning to Listen.July 21, 2014
  • The four most controversial pieces of wedding music
    Summer is the most common season for weddings. Brides and grooms are busy planning their weddings months and years in advance, making sure they have the right colors, the right venue, and the right music for the first dance.July 21, 2014