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  • Learning to Listen: Gustav Holst's The Planets
    Gustav Holst wrote his epic suite for orchestra, The Planets, from 1914 to 1916. Hear the unique aspects of each movement on Learning to Listen.February 10, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Love
    With Valentine's Day approaching, we'll have four Morning Glories exploring love -- and then hear music that you tell us you love on Friday, Feb. 14.February 10, 2014
  • Photos: Minnesota Orchestra returns to the stage
    The Minnesota Orchestra received standing ovations Friday at its first concert since the end of the lockout. Here is a look at the audience and musicians.February 9, 2014
  • Osmo Vanska says MN Orchestra President Michael Henson 'must go'
    Former Minnesota Orchestra conductor and Artistic Director Osmo Vanska says it's time for President Michael Henson to step down. MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs has the story.February 9, 2014
  • The Beatles' Yearlong Journey To 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
    Even as they reached the Top 10 in Britain, appeared on TV and had young women swooning by the thousands across the pond, their first singles in the U.S. were released on tiny independent labels and went nowhere. What went wrong, and finally right, in the leadup to the night of Feb. 9, 1964.February 9, 2014
  • Slideshow: Met Opera's 'Rusalka'
    The Met's current production of Dvorak's fairy-tale opera, 'Rusalka', features lush sets that could have been lifted directly out of a Tolkien story: realistic, but tinged with fantasy. Here's a slideshow of the production.February 8, 2014
  • Renee Fleming: from MetLife Stadium to Met Opera in one week
    Soprano Renee Fleming went from singing the national anthem at the NFL's Super Bowl last Sunday to performing the title role in 'Rusalka' this weekend at the Met Opera. She shares some thoughts with Julie Amacher.February 7, 2014
  • Maria Schneider on her fan-funded, Grammy-winning "Winter Morning Walks"
    Classical MPR's music library has thousands of CDs, organized by label: rows of Deutsche Grammophon, shelves of Harmonia Mundi, piles of Philips. Among all this music there's only one disc filed under "ArtistShare" - but it's one very fine disc. It's Winter Morning Walks, the Grammy-winning result of a collaboration between composer Maria Schneider, soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.February 7, 2014
  • After 16-month lockout, Minnesota Orchestra returns to the stage
    When the Minnesota Orchestra takes the stage tonight, its performance will be the musicians' first concert since a hard-fought contract agreement ended a bitter 16-month contract dispute. The concert will be broadcast live on Classical MPR at 8 p.m.February 7, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Nicollet Avenue Eats
    Now that Orchestra Hall is open and the Minnesota Orchestra is back, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to dine on Nicollet Avenue, aka 'Eat Street'.February 7, 2014
  • Interview: Matt Haimovitz
    Matt Haimovitz is helping the Minnesota Sinfonia celebrate its 25th anniversary season with a series of concerts Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Haimovitz was also Steve Staruch's guest Thursday afternoon. Listen to the full interview.February 6, 2014
  • Recovered violin confirmed as stolen Stradivarius
    The rare multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month from a concert violinist in Wisconsin has been recovered, police said Thursday.February 6, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: MYS String Orchestra
    The Minnesota Youth Symphonies' String Orchestra perform two South American Tangos.February 6, 2014
  • Gergiev at Sochi: A controversial conductor in the long shadow of history
    The XXII Olympic Winter Games will proceed with all the typical drama and pageantry. They'll also, however, be among the most politically charged Olympics in recent memory - and classical musicians, as part of the opening ceremony, will be right in the middle of the controversy.February 6, 2014
  • Dren McDonald's 'The String Arcade' on Top Score
    Video game composer Dren McDonald had a great idea to raise money for an after-school music program in California. McDonald is Emily Reese's guest on this week's episode of Top Score.February 6, 2014