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Classical Music Features

  • How Maya Angelou inspired choral music
    Maya Angelou, one of the most beloved African-American authors, died today at age 86. In spite of her difficult childhood, she became an award-winning writer and a leading civil-rights activist who ultimately received the 2010 Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Even facing the rockiest of realities, Maya Angelou still rose -- and inspired others.May 28, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Chad Hoopes goes with the flow
    On his new album of concertos by Mendelssohn and Adams, violinist Chad Hoopes wanted to capture the youthful energy of the music by letting it flow from his instrument.May 28, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'The Bridge at Remagen' and 'The Great Escape'
    So close to Memorial Day, we're considering music from two Hollywood war films unified by their great music written by distinctive composer Elmer Bernstein.May 27, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Josh McCaffrey
    Josh McCaffrey is a story-teller and even did a stint in Hollywood as a writer for the soaps. These days his career has him a bit closer to home. McCaffrey is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans is this week.May 27, 2014
  • Surprising summer reads for classical music lovers
    If you're a serious musician or music lover who has decided to read more about music, where should you look?May 27, 2014
  • School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's feature spotlights the Austin High School Wind Ensemble, led by Bradley Mariska.May 27, 2014
  • Maurice Ravel's 'Le Tombeau de Couperin' on Learning to Listen
    French composer Maurice Ravel had many friends who died in World War I. He spent three years memorializing them in what would become one of his most popular works: Le Tombeau de Couperin.May 26, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Music for Schools
    We'll wind up our Music for Learning month with Morning Glories that feature music written for schools, whether European schools with centuries of history or institutions of higher learning much closer to home.May 26, 2014
  • Benjamin Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' on Learning to Listen
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra recently kicked off a celebration of British composer Benjamin Britten's centenary. This weekend, the SPCO will perform Britten's chamber opera, The Turn of the Screw.May 23, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Brainerd Lakes Area
    With Memorial Day weekend upon us and many people heading to their cabins, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at a couple places to eat in the Brainerd Lakes area.May 23, 2014
  • Minnesota Orchestra names new interim president
    Former Minnesota Opera president Kevin Smith will take over as interim CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, the orchestra's board said Thursday.May 22, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Consortium Carissimi
    Consortium Carissimi performs a cantata marking the 350th anniversary of the death of composer Bonifazio Graziani. This performance was recorded at St. Mary's Chapel in St. Paul.May 22, 2014
  • Joyce DiDonato to give commencement address at Juilliard
    American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is nervous. On Friday, May 23, she'll give the commencement address to the graduates of the Juilliard School of Music. DiDonato spoke to Classical MPR's Julie Amacher about the task ahead.May 22, 2014
  • Olivier Deriviere Scores Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry
    Composer Olivier Derivière blended his own original music with traditional Haitian music for the score to Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry.May 22, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Performing Without a Net
    According to members of the Chiara String Quartet, playing Brahms quartets entirely from memory creates performances with a new, authentic feel.May 21, 2014