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  • Top Score: a live music romp with NES (Nerd Enhanced Sound)
    This episode features a nerd-filled interview and some truly lovely live-recorded video game music. From Marble Madness to early Metroid to a rocking series of solos in Dr. Mario, we hope you enjoy our time with NES.November 6, 2014
  • Top Score: a live music romp with NES (Nerd Enhanced Sound)
    This episode features a nerd-filled interview and some truly lovely live-recorded video game music. From Marble Madness to early Metroid to a rocking series of solos in Dr. Mario, we hope you enjoy our time with NES.November 6, 2014
  • Meet Oliver Stech of the Vienna Boys Choir
    Oliver Stech conducts the Vienna Boys Choir in a performance at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis on Thursday Nov. 6. Stech sat down for a chat with Classical MPR's Steve Staruch ahead of the evening's performance.November 6, 2014
  • The Hong Kong Ballet performs Turandot
    This week, The Hong Kong Ballet makes its Minneapolis debut at Northrop Auditorium, presenting an adaptation of the famous Puccini opera, Turandot.November 5, 2014
  • Which comes first, the movie or the music?
    Starting with music can create an overall rhythm for a film that's understood well before the cameras start rolling. Still, starting with a score and editing a film to fit is a tricky accomplishment, even with today's digital editing technology.November 5, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: The Brooklyn Rider Almanac
    Genre-bending ensemble Brooklyn Rider release an album inspired by a 100-year-old, cross-disciplinary project.November 5, 2014
  • Listen to the magic of the Lucerne Festival
    For most Classical MPR listeners, attending the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland represents quite a commitment. That's why we're bringing you highlights from the festival each Tuesday throughout the month of November.November 4, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'Much Ado About Nothing'
    In the latter part of the 20th century, Kenneth Branagh reigned supreme as the actor putting Shakespeare plays on film. In the cinematic version of Shakepeare's best comedy, Patrick Doyle provided the music.November 4, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Rick Steffes
    Rick Steffes is a maintenance supervisor at the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant. He comes to his job by way of the US Navy where he served as a submariner for 22 years.November 4, 2014
  • Why does pianist Dejan Lazic want to be forgotten?
    Citing a recent European Union ruling, pianist Dejan Lazic has asked that a negative review be unpublished. The Washington Post says no way.November 4, 2014
  • Class Notes: Dvořák in the New World
    In our latest Class Notes video, we follow the travels of Antonin Dvorak from Europe to New York City and the American Midwest, arriving at last at Minnehaha Falls.November 4, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Sue Leithold-Bowcock
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Sue Leithold-Bowcock, Classroom and Choral Music Specialist at Lincoln Elementary School in Owatonna, Minn.November 4, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Tchaikovsky's 'Winter Dreams'
    The strangest thing happened to Classical MPR's Emily Reese the other day: she fell in love with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1. Hear the story and the music on today's Learning to Listen.November 3, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Coming Attractions
    November's a busy month on the concert calendar, with interesting events happening all around our region. This week on Morning Glories, we'll highlight the artistry of four acclaimed soloists and one historic choir, whom you can also see live and in person.November 3, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Austin Kraft
    Composer Austin Kraft of Savage was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Composer and 2014 Featured Composer. He recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share his experiences of the past year.October 31, 2014