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  • Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony to embark on tour of Spain
    Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, 78 students will perform by invitation as part of the prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada on June 21 and at two other performances in Spain.June 12, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Concordia College Band and 2014 High School Honors Band
    Young music students from throughout the region participated in the 2014 High School Honor Band this past April. Highlights from that concert are in this week's Regional Spotlight.June 12, 2014
  • Courtney Lewis on his new gigs - and what he'll miss about Minnesota
    On June 12 and 14, Courtney Lewis will conduct his final subscription concerts as associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. In the fall, he will join the New York Philharmonic as assistant conductor, and he was recently appointed music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Recently I had the chance to ask him about education, conducting, and leaving Minnesota for New York.June 12, 2014
  • The King's Singers announce new tenor
    Benedict Hymas will be joining The King's Singers from September 2014, taking over from Paul Phoenix who has been with the group for almost 17 years.June 12, 2014
  • Jason Graves and Murdered: Soul Suspect on Top Score
    What does it sound like to be a ghost? Composer Jason Graves answers that question in his music for the new game, "Murdered: Soul Suspect".June 12, 2014
  • Skylark Opera opens new season with 'Candide'
    The Leonard Bernstein classic opens a new season of Skylark Opera in St. Paul this weekend. Members of Skylark Opera's 'Candide' cast visited Classical MPR to chat with John Birge and to sing a song of youthful enlightenment - and prenuptial disagreement.June 11, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: An 'Affair' to Remember
    Piano duo Anderson & Roe are really committed to their mission to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. Their new recoring, 'An Amadeus Affair,' celebrates their love of Mozart. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.June 11, 2014
  • Flicks in Five - The Music Man: from Mason to River City
    Meredith Willson has written some great standard tunes in the popular repertoire, but it's the story of the con man turned good-guy by an Iowa librarian that became a classic when "The Music Man" premiered.June 10, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Chris Gennaula
    Software engineer by day and successful composer by night, Chris Gennaula tells stories with wit and a smile.June 10, 2014
  • Regarding Broadway: Part Two - The Golden Years
    While 'Showboat' was a harbinger of things to come on the Broadway stage, the form of the musical was in flux until Rodgers collaborated with Hammerstein, and 'Oklahoma' rang in the 1940s.June 10, 2014
  • comPassion: Conspirare explores narratives of suffering
    Texas-based Conspirare, which St. Olaf Choir director Anton Armstrong has called "the finest professional choir in the United States today," is presenting a two-week comPassion Festival in Austin and other Texas cities this month. Conspirare's artistic director and conductor Craig Hella Johnson writes about the genesis of this unusual festival theme and the works being performed.June 10, 2014
  • Lyz Jaakola receives Sally Award in education
    Lyz Jaakola, one of Classical MPR's 2013-2014 Class Notes Artists, has received the Education Award for a her work in raising awareness and appreciation of Native music and culture throughout Minnesota.June 9, 2014
  • Tony Night Had Humor, Music And A Hopping Host
    Hugh Jackman hopping his way into the theater, Neil Patrick Harris licking the eyeglasses of Samuel L. Jackson. A little history, and a slew of genuinely heartfelt speeches. The Tonys are often the most entertaining awards show of the year, and this year, again, they didn't disappoint.June 9, 2014
  • Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration
    Richard Strauss was a hard man to pin down. As an artist, he was never tied to a single style. He embraced many musical forms during his lifetime. There was only one guiding principle: his belief that music is a holy art. Strauss soprano Deborah Voigt hosts this program, presented by WQXR.June 9, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Richard Strauss
    This week on Morning Glories, we note the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. His operas and tone poems achieved spectacular success during his lifetime, and today, they're performed, recorded, and discussed as widely as ever.June 9, 2014