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    Paul Switzler, piano
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  • Trio Mediaeval, 'Aquilons'New Classical Tracks: Rich harmonies, from just three voices
    Carols and Advent music are part of the new disc from the Norwegian group Trio Mediaeval, whose "instrument" is a blend of three women's voices. Hear samples of 'Aquilonis' on this week's New Classical Tracks; you can also enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.December 24, 2014
  • Traviata 1Met Opera: La Traviata
    The Met Opera presents Verdi's timeless masterwork, "La Traviata," with rising soprano Marina Rebeka in the role of the title heroine. Stephen Costello is Alfredo, Quinn Kelsey is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Tune in Saturday, Dec. 27, at noon.December 27, 2014
  • Austin WahlMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Austin Wahl
    Guitarist Austin Wahl of Minneapolis was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Showcase Artist. He recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share his recent experiences and thoughts on his career.December 26, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Most Notable Openings/Closings of the Year
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss the most notable restaurant openings and closings of 2014.December 26, 2014
  • Christmas music should be a choice, not a clangor
    Now, I'm no Scrooge - but I've continued to be saddened by the emphasis on consumerism at this time of year. It doesn't fit with the really beautiful holiday music.December 25, 2014
  • How classical music torpedoed 'Birdman' composer's chances at an Oscar
    Despite critical acclaim, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that the innovative Birdman score is ineligible for Oscar consideration. Why? Because the movie contains too much classical music.December 24, 2014
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
    Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.December 24, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'White Christmas'
    Irving Berlin's song, 'White Christmas', premiered on radio and starred in two motion pictures; Bing Crosby's version made the Guinness Book of World Records for its millions of sales. On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear that beloved song.December 23, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe
    Retired Star Tribune columnist Dan Wascoe is also a pianist and composer. He a man full of surprises. He shares his story and playlist on today's Music with Minnesotans.December 23, 2014
  • The ten best TV scores of 2014
    It's often said that television is having a good run lately with long-form storytelling and mini-series packages attracting top-tier content. What's less often recognized is that television score composition is also having a renaissance.December 23, 2014
  • Top Score's top five game soundtracks of 2014
    Top Score, which is part of the Infinite Guest podcast network, is counting down the best game soundtracks of 2014. A score's creativity, ingenuity, execution, and implementation were all taken into account.December 23, 2014
  • Polish government honors former Minn. Orchestra director Skrowaczewski
    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has awarded the former Minnesota Orchestra music director with the Grand Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland in honor of contributions to Polish culture.December 22, 2014
  • NextNotes on Learning to Listen
    The American Composers Forum has a new program for high school composers called NextNotes. Minnesota composers Libby Larsen, Joe Horton and Joshua Clausen join Learning to Listen this week to talk about students and composing.December 22, 2014
  • Dessa: Something Old And Something New, Suitable For Choir
    Watch the singer and rapper perform "Skeleton Key" and "The Good Fight" with the VocalEssence choir.December 22, 2014
  • Met Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro
    The Met Opera's production of Mozart's masterpiece is set in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna. Edo de Waart conducts. Read a synopsis and view a slideshow of the opera as you listen on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m.December 20, 2014