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Classical Music Features

  • Music Teacher Feature: Ed Schaefle
    Back for its second year, Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn.September 9, 2014
  • Ordway builds plans for month-long opening celebration
    When the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts unveils its sparkling new $75 million concert hall next spring, it will do so in elaborate and enduring style. In a month-long celebration that begins March 1, the Ordway will introduce the public to its intimate new venue for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Euan Kerr has more.September 8, 2014
  • Is Faure's "Pavane" the world's favorite piece of relaxing music?
    I'm hard-pressed to think of a more relaxing piece of music than Gabriel Faure's Pavane. The orchestral arrangement, taken at a slow, deliberate but delicate tempo, always puts me in a pleasingly melancholy mood, its gently swooning main melody being perfect for a quiet rainy day or an afternoon free of classes.September 8, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Books on How to Write Music
    There are a surprising amount of rules when it comes to writing music. Thankfully, several talented composers throughout history wrote a few books on how to do it right.September 8, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Those Who Can, Teach
    As teachers and students begin a new school year, our Morning Glories continue the theme of Music for Learning with five soloists who are also dedicated to music education.September 8, 2014
  • America's soprano Renee Fleming opens Minnesota Orchestra season
    The Minnesota Orchestra will open its new season on Friday with an operatic superstar who aims to redefine what it means to be an American singer. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr has more.September 5, 2014
  • Renee Fleming on the importance of teachers, curiosity and hard work
    As Classical MPR marks back-to-school month and as the Minnesota Orchestra kicks off its season with special guest, soprano Renee Fleming, we've located this archival interview clip in which Fleming highlights the role of education in any singer's career.September 5, 2014
  • Tension and release: The strange magic of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
    Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, which he titled Quasi una Fantasia (Almost a Fantasy), is filled with discord - which is exactly what makes it so effective as a piece of music that can help you relax.September 5, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Lowertown Eats
    The Concrete and Grass Festival returns to Lowertown in St. Paul this weekend, inspiring John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton to discuss a theater-cum-restaurant in the area.September 5, 2014
  • Pianist Barry Douglas on the transformative power of education
    Barry Douglas, whose album is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks, had a chance to talk to Julie Amacher about the role of education in his life and work.September 4, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Westminster Choir College
    The Westminster Choir College from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., performed a new work by Daniel Elder while touring through Wayzata, Minn., last year. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight.September 4, 2014
  • Four courses of classical: Music to dine by
    Though cooking can be fun and creative, things can often get stressful when preparing a meal for others. Depending on your composers (and dishes) of choice, turning on classical music can help both relax and entertain you and your dinner guests.September 4, 2014
  • Inon Zur and Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved on Top Score
    Nearly 75 years after the film debuted, Disney is bringing 'Fantasia' back in a new game called 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'. Composer Inon Zur wrote original music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of many classical favorites.September 4, 2014
  • Therapeutic music: Edith Moore-Hubert on the healing properties of classical music
    With a master's degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, Edith Moore-Hubert has performed in academic, liturgical, medical, and concert settings for almost 30 years. In 2010, she released a solo CD, Music to Calm Your Soul. She describes her music as therapeutic, and I asked her to share some insight into the healing potential of classical music.September 3, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Getting to know Schubert
    Irish pianist Barry Douglas is a self-described latecomer to the music of Franz Schubert. That said, Douglas has just released the first in a series of recordings celebrating Schubert's solo piano works. For this first volume, Barry wanted to focus on Schubert at the height of his creative powers.September 3, 2014