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  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 16: Take this waltz
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we're cleaning the house with a Josef Strauss waltz.July 16, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Time for Three
    They say timing is everything. Acoustic trio Time for Three couldn't agree more. Just as their self-titled debut album was in the works, the trio made a splash for being denied seats on a plane - because they were carrying instruments.July 16, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Joe Landsberger
    Joe Landsberger is a world traveler (40 countries and counting), but he always returns home to St Paul. His classical playlist is filled with both the exotic and the "tried and true."July 15, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: The Book Thief
    'The Book Thief' features an emotive score by the legendary composer John Williams.July 15, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 15: Life on paper, turned into sound
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we listen to Jean-Philippe Rameau's heartbreaking harpsichord.July 15, 2014
  • Reports from the Range: Rehearsal reflections at the Northern Lights Music Festival
    On the rehearsal spectrum of pure run-throughs to mind-numbingly tedious detail work, opera rehearsals at the Northern Lights Music Festival are closer to the latter. Maestro Gavriel Heine is particular and exacting. Precise rhythm, nuanced articulation, countless dynamic changes - all this and more needs to be there.July 14, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Concertmasters
    On today's Learning to Listen, three concertmasters talk about what it's like to lead an orchestra not from the podium, but from a chair just to the left of the conductor.July 14, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 14: A Birthday Card from Ottorino
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.July 14, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Summer Festivals
    Let's celebrate summer by looking at five Morning Glories from summer festivals around the country. And while you're at it, visit our website for a map of festivals taking place right in our area.July 14, 2014
  • Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies
    Over the course of his lengthy career, Lorin Maazel conducted more than 7,000 performances in concert halls and opera houses, and made more than 300 recordings. The renowned conductor and composer died on Sunday, July 13, at his home in Virginia.July 13, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 12: Prokofiev and ...saxophone?
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.July 12, 2014
  • Putting classical music where the people are
    Bach in the Subways founder Dale Henderson describes how his volunteer network seeks to spread the beauty and calm of classical music around the globe.July 11, 2014
  • Music of the Apes: How "Planet of the Apes" scores have evolved from the 60s to the present
    There's a new Planet of the Apes film out today - and with it a new score by Michael Giacchino. He's just the latest in a long and, perhaps surprisingly, distinguished line of composers who have written music for these dystopian simians.July 11, 2014
  • Minnesota Orchestra fills out holiday, pops and family schedule
    The Minnesota Orchestra fills out the rest of its 2014-15 performance schedule by revealing the Live at Orchestra Hall series, its holiday concert offerings, and the family concerts. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr has the full story.July 11, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Vive la France
    With Bastille Day swiftly approaching on July 14, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about area options for French cuisine.July 11, 2014