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  • Flicks in Five: Star Wars
    John Williams provided the music for sci-fi's equivalent of The Ring Cycle, "Star Wars." Six films and billions of dollars later, Williams' music stands as some of the best movie music of all time.August 19, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Joe and Mary Keyes
    Joe and Mary Keyes are owners of the Howard Street Booksellers in Hibbing, Minn. They love books, theater and Hibbing history.August 19, 2014
  • What do classical musicians do to relax?
    Many people turn to classical music for relaxation, but actually playing the music takes a lot of effort and concentration. What do classical musicians do to unwind after snapping their instrument cases closed?August 19, 2014
  • Class Notes: How History Influences Music
    Did you know music often reflects the time and place in which it was written? For example, Zoltan Kodaly's 'Dances of Galanta' gives us a look at a society and culture that was forever altered by the march of history. A new Class Notes video from Classical MPR shares the history behind the music.August 19, 2014
  • Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions
    A labor crisis threatening to shut down New York's Metropolitan Opera -- the largest opera house in the world-- appears to have been averted. Two of the major unions announced a tentative settlement this morning. While agreements with 10 additional unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, this represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.August 18, 2014
  • Tiny Desk Concert: Pacifica Quartet
    With this NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert by the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet, we have the opportunity to explore the world of a single composer. With the arguable exception of Bela Bartok's six string quartets, it's generally accepted that the 15 by Dmitri Shostakovich are the strongest body of quartets since Beethoven.August 18, 2014
  • First Listen: Cameron Carpenter, 'If You Could Read My Mind'
    Don't let the spandex pants, bejeweled shoes and modified mohawk fool you: Cameron Carpenter is a serious musician. He's a modern-day throwback to the flamboyant virtuosos of the 19th century. Like Liszt or Paganini, Carpenter dazzles audiences with blazing technique, igniting enthusiasm for his music and his instrument, the pipe organ.August 18, 2014
  • Discover cantatas on this week's Learning to Listen
    On this week's Learning to Listen, discover what a cantata is, and hear a new cantata by American composer Robert Kyr.August 18, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Fiddlers Five
    There are so many fine violinists before the public these days -- everyone knows superstars like Perlman and Bell, but there's also a rising generation of talented players. We'll share just five of them with you this week on Morning Glories.August 18, 2014
  • Centenarian Soprano Licia Albanese Dies
    Italian-American lyric soprano Licia Albanese, known for her deeply felt character portrayals, died Friday at her home in New York, her son, Joseph Gimma, told NPR Music Saturday. She was 105 years old.August 16, 2014
  • I remember James Garner (part 2)
    In part 2 of Lynne Warfel's reflections on the actor James Garner, she describes a personality that is anything but "Hollywood." It's all ahead of Lynne's special edition of Saturday Cinema, when she features music from the films and TV shows of the late actor.August 16, 2014
  • I remember James Garner (part 1)
    Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel was a friend and colleague of the late actor James Garner. In the run-up to Saturday's episode, which will feature music from Garner's films and TV shows, Lynne shares these personal stories of working with the man she knew as Jim.August 15, 2014
  • Drums of 'Inuksuit' will create outdoor sonic sculpture
    Alaskan composer John Luther Adams created "Inuksuit" in 2009. Since then, it has become a popular performance piece around the world. New-music ensemble Zeitgeist will premiere this unusual percussion piece, written for between nine and 99 musicians, this weekend at the Caponi Art Park in Eagan, Minn.August 15, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Hennepin Theatre District
    With the Broadway season returning to the Hennepin Theatre District in Minneapolis, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to go for that pre-show meal.August 15, 2014
  • Tell us your thoughts about classical music programming
    We're turning the microphone to you: Tell us how you use classical music programming, both on-air and online, to help us continue to provide you with the musical selections and stories you enjoy.August 14, 2014