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Classical Music Features

  • On the Classical MPR stage: MPR Choir
    This volunteer choir made up of MPR employees is led by Classical MPR's Mindy Ratner, who will also host the group when it performs on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about the group before its State Fair debut.August 26, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: Harry Potter
    This week's spotlight film is the first Harry Potter movie, which features a score by John Williams. As we're marking back-to-school month, what better school to imagine attending than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?August 26, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Teresa Root
    Teresa Root is a naturalist and a teacher. Her playlist is inspired by the natural world. Steve Staruch welcomes Teresa Root into the studio for Music with Minnesotans.August 26, 2014
  • Ten times when classical music can help you relax
    You don't have to go to a resort or a spa to relax: classical music can help you take the stress out of everyday chores and routines. Here are ten times when music by your favorite composer can help you breathe a little more easily.August 26, 2014
  • Class Notes: How Notes and Beats Go Together
    Teaching and learning about the duration of musical notes can be challenging. This new video from Classical MPR makes that process 'upbeat' and fun without oversimplifying the basic concepts behind note duration and rhythm.August 26, 2014
  • On the Classical MPR stage: treVeld
    On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., treVeld will perform at the MPR booth; Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel hosts. Get to know this trio of musicians who blend classical and roots-music elements, and learn what State Fair food they can't resist.August 26, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Music for the State Fair
    Aside from a handful of unpreventable interruptions, like the Civil War and a polio outbreak, Minnesotans have traveled to the State Fair since 1859. On today's Learning to Listen, hear music inspired by the Great Minnesota Get-Together.August 25, 2014
  • Top Score: Robyn Miller and the story of Myst
    In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score.August 25, 2014
  • On the Classical MPR stage: Minnesota Boychoir
    Ahead of the performance at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Aug. 25, we asked Minnesota Boychoir Artistic Director Mark Johnson about the boys' favorite fair foods and exhibits. Johnson also shares a few of his own Fair favorites and his thoughts about performing at the Fair.August 24, 2014
  • Morning Glories: American sounds
    American composers have often found ideas in music outside the realm of classical. This week on Morning Glories, we'll hear how they brought those ideas (and sometimes those performers!) from smoky clubs and square dances to the concert stage.August 24, 2014
  • "Watch Dogs" composer Brian Reitzell: Scoring a video game is like being a short-order cook
    Brian Reitzell is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood, but 2014 might be a turning point for this composer with numerous albums released this year, representing years of work. One of his many recent releases is music for the video game Watch Dogs, which has been in development since 2011.August 22, 2014
  • On the Classical MPR stage: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
    The members of the Ancia Saxophone Quartet are first-timers to the Classical MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair. Get to know them before they perform at the Fair on Friday, Aug. 22.August 22, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: State Fair food, 2014 edition
    It's State Fair time, which means it's time to try some new comestible inventions created just for the occasion. That's why John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about State Fair foods on this week's Moveable Feast.August 22, 2014
  • A Perfectly Cromulent Classical Guide To 'The Simpsons' Marathon
    From its start nearly 25 years ago, 'The Simpsons' was different. Not only was it animated, it had a wealth of voice actors and writing talent. It was highly intelligent, absurdly funny and more than occasionally touching. Not surprisingly, classical music has come up often on the show. Here's a guide to that music, ahead of an upcoming 'Simpsons' TV marathon.August 21, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Highlights from the Young Artist World Piano Festival
    Two teenage pianists were featured at the Young Artist World Piano Festival last summer. Their "beyond their years" performances are in this week's Regional Spotlight.August 21, 2014