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  • Just BlazeGregorian chant gets a "Second Coming" with help from hip-hop
    We should expect musicians to continue combining genres and styles in increasingly inventive and fascinating ways, often blurring the lines between "high" and "low" art. The best examples will be the musicians who understand the musical puzzle pieces they combine to create something clever. Take this song that mixed rap with Gregorian chant, all in the name of selling shoes during the NBA playoffs several years back.April 16, 2014
  • Minnesota Orchestra anthony ross cello tonyCellist Tony Ross staying at Minnesota Orchestra
    While the larger question of whether conductor Osmo Vanska will return as Minnesota Orchestra music director is still open, another question troubling Minnesota Orchestra fans has been resolved: Principal Cellist Tony Ross will remain with Minnesota.April 16, 2014
  • anne akiko meyers four seasons vivaldi albumNew Classical Tracks: 'Goosebumpy to the Max'
    The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music -- played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD.April 16, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: There's No Business Like Show Business
    What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin.April 15, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Janet Tollund
    Janet Tollund is the co-owner of Accolades International Tours for the Arts. She's been all over the world. She delights in helping people plan the trip of a lifetime.April 15, 2014
  • Why do film and TV composers like to work in pairs?
    Collaborative composition is not typical in the classical repertoire, but in film and television it's becoming an increasingly popular way of working. In part, this is because an increasing number of film and TV composers are coming from a pop music background, familiar with collaborative music making and shared credit.April 15, 2014
  • School Spotlight: Litchfield High School Dragonaires
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. Because April is choral month at Classical MPR, this week's School Spotlight shines on Litchfield High School's Dragonaires chamber choir.April 15, 2014
  • A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman
    The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special from New York's WQXR, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel.April 14, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Happy Birthday, Neville Marriner
    This Tuesday, April 15, Sir Neville Marriner turns 90. On Morning Glories, we'll offer four Marriner performances with four different orchestras that the busy, versatile conductor has led during his long career.April 14, 2014
  • Choral Countdown 2014: Vote Now
    You've made your nominations and we've assembled the ballot. Now cast your votes for your choral favorites. We'll count down the top 25 on Wednesday, April 30.April 12, 2014
  • Slideshow: Met Opera's 'Andrea Chenier'
    Umberto Giordano's opera is a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Find a synopsis and slideshow here.April 12, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: Dance with Fred
    This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel celebrates the music from the films that featured dancer extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The playlist includes works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.April 12, 2014
  • Eric Whitacre conducts the Minnesota Orchestra
    On Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR aired the live broadcast of Eric Whitacre conducting the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and soprano Hila Plitmann. Whitacre shares some thoughts about the communal power of a choir and about chord clusters.April 11, 2014
  • Stephen Hough to perform on 'A Prairie Home Companion'
    The world-renowned pianist will bring his music to Lake Wobegon while he hopes to discover some new things himself. 'A Prairie Home Companion' airs on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Classical MPR.April 11, 2014
  • Minnesota Opera's innovative approach to 'Magic Flute'
    Minnesota Opera's new 'Magic Flute' is not merely a new production; it's a brand-new way of putting opera on a stage. And Mozart's original music remains pristine. We heard some of it sung as cast members Jesse Blumberg and Tracey Engleman join Classical MPR's John Birge in the studio.April 11, 2014