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  • Music with Minnesotans: Katie McCurry
    Katie McCurry is an Account Representative for Fireman's Fund. No account sheet could ever contain her enthusiasm for classical music!September 23, 2014
  • 'Astounding': Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's opening night
    Classical MPR's Steve Staruch had the best seat in the house as the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra opened its season on Saturday, Sept. 20. Steve describes his experience of the concert, which received three standing ovations from the audience.September 23, 2014
  • First Listen: Brooklyn Rider, 'The Brooklyn Rider Almanac'
    It's become a trope that artists aren't interested in being limited by genre -- at least the really fascinating ones, that is. One of the most enjoyable current examples of this reach beyond stylistic divides is Almanac, the newest project from the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.September 23, 2014
  • What's the best classical music to listen to in the fall?
    As the leaves change and the sweaters come out, what classical music will suit the season? Here are a few selections.September 23, 2014
  • Class Notes: What Does a Conductor Do?
    This Class Notes video answers the question "What Does a Conductor Do?" The vibrant American conductor Sarah Hicks interacts directly with the young students in the video to spark their interest in the conductor's art and give them a taste of the great music it expresses.September 23, 2014
  • Laura Intravia is living the video game music lover's dream
    Laura Intravia's life is something out of a video game music lover's dream. Carving her path by transcribing scores and performing in costume, Intravia is making an indelible impression on the video game music circuit.September 23, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Jonathan Laflamme
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Jonathan Laflamme, director of bands at Little Falls Community High School in Little Falls, Minn.September 23, 2014
  • First Listen: John Luther Adams, 'Become Ocean'
    Even though public recognition has been too long in coming, John Luther Adams' music has found its rightful place, and the timing of a piece the composer explicitly links to environmental issues couldn't feel more urgent. Aesthetically and thematically, this is the time for Become Ocean.September 22, 2014
  • My orchestra audition gratitude challenge
    Auditions are usually stressful events, and by their nature disappointing for most of the people involved, so cultivating an attitude of gratitude (corny rhyme though it may be) is a good practice for classical musicians.September 22, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Refining skills with piano etudes
    Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes.September 22, 2014
  • Class Notes: What's in a Title?
    The Class Notes video What's in a Title? offers teachers a fun way to dispel some of the confusion classical titles can cause.September 22, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Music and Learning
    We're celebrating education this month at Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and throughout September have been playing music for and about learning. We're also working off-air to inspire the next generation of listeners, offering a series of videos and teaching tools to educators across the state. This week, we'll check out the music used in five of the videos.September 22, 2014
  • Voces8: Helping the next generation
    Education has been at the heart of Voces8 since its inception. The group members see it as their responsibility to help the next generation have success in music and in school. Listen to audio and watch videos that demonstrate this commitment.September 22, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity
    Attention high school musicians: Minnesota Varsity 2015 is now open for submissions!September 20, 2014
  • A violist's-eye view of the orchestra
    In truth, there are jokes about every instrument in the orchestra, and about the perceived personality of an average operator of that instrument. But the viola jokes are particularly numerous and omnipresent on orchestral stages, and there's a reason for that.September 19, 2014