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  • Interview: Lorelei Ensemble
    The Lorelei Ensemble from Boston is in residence this weekend at Macalester College in St Paul, Minn. Members of the group spoke with Steve Staruch.February 14, 2014
  • Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin and friends to play Dakota Jazz Club
    On Wednesday, February 19, three-time Grammy winner Sharon Isbin will be teaming up with jazz icon Stanley Jordan and one of Brazil's leading master guitarists, Romero Lumbaro, for an evening of unique Latin, Brazilian, and jazz music at the Dakota Jazz Club.February 14, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Valentine's Day
    Moveable Feast is the weekly feature in which John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to go and what to eat in Minnesota. This week's topic is Valentine's Day dining options.February 14, 2014
  • American Spiritual Ensemble will tear the roof off the Central Presbyterian Church
    Classical Minnesota Public Radio presents the critically acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble in concert February 13.February 13, 2014
  • Auditioning for graduate school: "Your mind is like a laser beam"
    Clayton Tillotson has been imagining auditions - the rooms they're in, the pieces he'll play, the people who'll be watching.February 13, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Plymouth Concert Band
    The Plymouth Concert Band of Plymouth, Minn., is in this week's Regional Spotlight, with a piece that sounds like it could accompany a victory lap in the Winter Games.February 13, 2014
  • Peter McConnell and Broken Age on Top Score
    Peter McConnell teamed up with Tim Schafer and Double Fine Studios for a gem of a score for "Broken Age". McConnell talks to Emily Reese on this week's Top Score.February 13, 2014
  • Mind-blown in B minor: Hearing Bach's Mass for the first time
    Somehow, though, I had completely missed what is considered not only one of Bach's finest compositions, but also one of the grandest and most esteemed works in the whole of music: the Mass in B Minor.February 12, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: A Musical Puzzle 'In 27 Pieces'
    violinist Hilary Hahn made more than two dozen cold calls to solicit original compositions for her latest recording, 'In 27 Pieces'. Hear all about this new album on this week's New Classical Tracks.February 12, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'The Wizard of Oz'
    The year 1939 was a bountiful one for Hollywood, and even though 'The Wizard of Oz' was not an initial success at the box office, it has since become a classic. Its music plays no small role in the film's enduring popularity.February 11, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Charlotte Sullivan
    Writer Charlotte Sullivan is Steve Staruch's guest. Her playlist is eclectic and spirited and joyfully stretches the boundaries of classical music.February 11, 2014
  • Minnesota musicians join PBS's All-Star Orchestra
    "You couldn't do it a lot of places, even with high-level playing. Telling somebody, 'Here are 20 or so pieces, there won't be any rehearsal, bring a black suit and we'll go.'"February 11, 2014
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra with Murray Perahia play Carnegie Hall Live
    Tonight, Tuesday, February, 11, piano virtuoso Murray Perahia takes stage in the Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall to play a program of Purcell/Stucky, Schumann and Brahms live at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST.February 11, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Julie Schramke
    Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Julie Schramke of Achieve Language Academy in St. Paul, Minn.February 11, 2014
  • Rockers turned film composers: Ten names to know
    Rock songs and movies have been tightly connected since Blackboard Jungle (1955) made Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" a hit and, by general consensus, marked the dawning of the rock 'n' roll era - but instrumental scores are a different beast entirely. It's not every pop musician who can make the transition to writing film scores; even so, many have.February 10, 2014