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  • AlpsFour pieces of classical music to power-up your day
    Does your day need a power-up? Choose one of these four classical compositions to play in your earbuds: within an hour, you'll be raring and ready to face whatever life throws at you.August 29, 2014
  • copper street brass quintet, press photoA new frontier for the Copper Street Brass Quintet
    The Copper Street Brass Quintet have performed numerous times at the MPR booth during previous State Fairs. But this year, they'll perform in Carousel Park in a concert that will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. Trombonist Alex Wolff shares his thoughts ahead of the big performance.August 29, 2014
  • lemars iowa ice cream capital of the worldMoveable Feast: Road Trip to LeMars, Iowa
    With Labor Day weekend upon us, it may be time for a road trip. How about checking out the Ice Cream Capital of the World? You'll find it in LeMars, Iowa, as John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton describe.August 29, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: The Jasper Quartet
    All's right with the world when you can hear a Haydn string quartet sound like it's played just for you. The Jasper Quartet's performance of Haydn is in this week's Regional Spotlight.August 28, 2014
  • Top Score Heads to PAX Prime in Seattle
    This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle.August 28, 2014
  • On the Classical MPR stage: Singers from the Minnesota Opera
    Singers from the Minnesota Opera will perform on the stage of the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28. Here's some background on the organization and the people who will be performing.August 27, 2014
  • Using classical music to escape the "Inferno" of high school
    It's just 7:00 on a Tuesday night and I haven't done my (two hours of) homework yet. It looks like we'll be stuck in traffic for another half an hour at the very least. Not that I'm stressed or anything.August 27, 2014
  • Top Score: Darren Korb and the gritty sounds of 'Transistor'
    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.August 27, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Homage to Guitar and Guitarists
    Guitarist Milos Karadaglic has just released his fourth and what he refers to as his most ambitious recording yet. This recording is a personal homage to musicians and composers who changed the course of history for the guitar.August 27, 2014
  • On the Classical MPR stage: MPR Choir
    This volunteer choir made up of MPR employees is led by Classical MPR's Mindy Ratner, who will also host the group when it performs on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about the group before its State Fair debut.August 26, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: Harry Potter
    This week's spotlight film is the first Harry Potter movie, which features a score by John Williams. As we're marking back-to-school month, what better school to imagine attending than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?August 26, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Teresa Root
    Teresa Root is a naturalist and a teacher. Her playlist is inspired by the natural world. Steve Staruch welcomes Teresa Root into the studio for Music with Minnesotans.August 26, 2014
  • Ten times when classical music can help you relax
    You don't have to go to a resort or a spa to relax: classical music can help you take the stress out of everyday chores and routines. Here are ten times when music by your favorite composer can help you breathe a little more easily.August 26, 2014
  • Class Notes: How Notes and Beats Go Together
    Teaching and learning about the duration of musical notes can be challenging. This new video from Classical MPR makes that process 'upbeat' and fun without oversimplifying the basic concepts behind note duration and rhythm.August 26, 2014
  • On the Classical MPR stage: treVeld
    On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., treVeld will perform at the MPR booth; Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel hosts. Get to know this trio of musicians who blend classical and roots-music elements, and learn what State Fair food they can't resist.August 26, 2014