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  • Music with Minnesotans: Alberto Fierro
    As a kid in his native Mexico Alberto Fierro learned how to play LPs on the family hi-fi. So began a life-long love of classical music. Fierro is Steve Staruch's guest this week on Music with Minnesotans.June 3, 2014
  • Regarding Broadway: Part One - The Early Days
    Lynne Warfel takes a look back at the early days of Broadway, including the start of it all in 1904, up through the Great Depression.June 3, 2014
  • 'Vexations' till dawn: Northern Spark 2014 to feature nine solid hours of Satie
    For one night, all night, the sounds of French composer Erik Satie will take up residence at Northrop Auditorium.June 3, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Brett Smith
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Brett Smith, who teaches music at O.H. Anderson Elementary School in Mahtomedi, Minn.June 3, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Classical Wedding
    The month of June is one of the most popular months to get married. We celebrate some perennial-favorite wedding music selections on today's program.June 2, 2014
  • Morning Glories: June weddings
    This week on Morning Glories, we'll play five pieces related to weddings, as we begin the iconic month of June.June 2, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: June is Bustin' Out All Over
    As we stand at the cusp of the month of June, Lynne Warfel celebrates movie musicals. Plus, a tribute to the late Bob Hoskins. It's all on this week's Saturday Cinema.May 31, 2014
  • Interview: Paul Schoenfield
    The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota concludes its season this coming weekend with a performance of Paul Schoenfield's "Sparks of Glory." Steve Staruch spoke with Shoenfield about the piece as it is about to receive its regional premiere.May 30, 2014
  • Wave of sound: The revelation of live music
    Since she was a child, classical music has opened writer Cinda Yager's imagination for play. The music also opens her heart to all kinds of emotion. A live concert, Yager writes, brings all of this out with an immediacy, a humanity, not found anywhere else.May 30, 2014
  • Three singers from Cantus move on
    Tenors Gary Ruschman and David Walton as well as baritone Adam Reinwald, will depart Cantus to explore other endeavors after spending a collective 30 years with the singing ensemble. All three men joined Classical MPR's Alison Young for an interview on Friday, May 30.May 30, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Cooking Classes
    As college students leave their campuses with diplomas and empty stomachs, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where students can learn a valuable life skill: how to cook.May 30, 2014
  • Interview: ETHEL plays Documerica
    Violinist Kip Jones is a member of the string quartet known as ETHEL. He joins Steve Staruch to talk about ETHEL's new project, DOCUMERICA, which receives its Minnesota premiere on Tuesday, June 3. Kip Jones talks about the piece and his role in its creation.May 29, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Accordo plays Mozart
    Mozart always gives each player a chance to shine, and shine they do! In this week's Regional Spotlight, a performance of the Mozart Flute Quartet No. 1 by members of Accordo from a December 2013 concert. Welcome, summer!May 29, 2014
  • Top Score: Composing Music for Trailers
    Composer Yoav Goren writes music for trailers for films, video games and television. Learn about the process on Top Score.May 29, 2014
  • Meet the Twin Cities Fringe Opera company
    Colleen Meier is the co-founder of Twin Cities Fringe Opera. As the company prepares for its first production, Meier spoke with Steve Staruch.May 28, 2014