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Classical Music Features

  • New Classical Tracks: 'Summer in February' conjures the Cornish coast
    The red carpet rolls out for the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2, but for many what really makes a movie memorable is the music. Benjamin Wallfisch's music for 'Summer in February' is truly memorable. PLUS: Sign up for a chance to win a copy of the CD.February 26, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: Ben-Hur - The Epic Defined
    With the best movie sequence of all time -- the chariot race -- 'Ben Hur' also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled.February 25, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Jim Earley
    Jim Earley is a business coach. He asks his clients good questions. Then he listens. While his experience of classical music isn't as large as he would like, his playlist is that of a good listener.February 25, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Rikka Dick
    Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Rikka Dick of Pine Island Public School in Pine Island, Minn.February 25, 2014
  • Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle": If ONLY real musicians' lives were this wild
    The show portrays classical musicians' lives as being full of sex, booze, and bad decisions. While I was initially taken aback by the show's insinuation that all professional musicians live this amorous lifestyle, I later realized that this is a Web show. No one would pay too much attention to the normal lives of most classical musicians, and these writers knew that.February 24, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Edvard Grieg's 'Peer Gynt'
    Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote about 90 minutes of music for a play called 'Peer Gynt'. He later extracted some of the music to create orchestral suites. These suites contain some of Grieg's most joyful -- and sorrowful -- music.February 24, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Matisse and Music
    This week, a major exhibit of the art of Henri Matisse is opening in Minneapolis. Matisse's life coincides with a period of abundant creativity by French and French-based composers. Our Morning Glories come from that era and reflect some of the same themes that Matisse explored in his colorful, personal art.February 24, 2014
  • Ten fun facts about 'Der Rosenkavalier'
    'Der Rosenkavalier' is the most popular work by the team of composer Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Classical MPR's Rex Levang has compiled a few bits of trivia that you might not know about this iconic opera.February 22, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: Most-Nominated and Oscar-Winningest Actors
    This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel spotlights music that was included in the works of some of the all-time most-nominated or awarded actors: Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.February 22, 2014
  • Classical music to fuel your daily workout
    Even for classical music lovers, classical isn't often the go-to genre for exercise music.February 21, 2014
  • WindSync perform live in Classical MPR's studio
    Founded in 2009, Houston, Texas-based quintet WindSync have already gained a reputation for their energetic performances. Ahead of their concert with Schubert Club's Music in the Park Series, WindSync visited Classical MPR to peform some music and to talk with host Alison Young.February 21, 2014
  • Composer and conductor Skrowaczewski, 90, is not slowing down
    Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski turned 90 years old in October without missing a beat. Classical music fans will applaud him again Sunday afternoon when they meet at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to celebrate the living legend.February 21, 2014
  • School Spotlight, MMEA edition: Mixed Choir
    This special week-long edition of School Spotlight highlights the 2013-2014 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State ensembles. In today's spotlight, Mixed Choir under the direction of Jo-Michael Schiebe.February 21, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Museum Restaurants
    Arts, culture, learning ... it can all make you pretty hungry. That's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about great places to have a meal in area museums.February 21, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Lakes Chamber Music Society
    A summer music festival performance of a famed Mozart work will make Spring seem that much closer! It's on this week's Regional Spotlight.February 20, 2014