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  • Dren McDonald's 'The String Arcade' on Top Score
    Video game composer Dren McDonald had a great idea to raise money for an after-school music program in California. McDonald is Emily Reese's guest on this week's episode of Top Score.February 6, 2014
  • Three Arrested After Theft of $5M Stradivarius Violin
    Three people were arrested in connection with the theft of a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last week from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a prosecutor said Wednesday.February 5, 2014
  • Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro
    The conductor, slated to perform at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, sparked controversy with his recent comments on Russia's anti-gay legislation. The head of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre is a friend and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.February 5, 2014
  • An alto's-eye view of choral music
    Often, the alto line is magical, just below consciousness. The alto line is texture, changing light, tension, weather.February 5, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Passionate Piano from Poland
    Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz's second recording for Deutsche Grammophon is a collection of Polonaises by Chopin.February 5, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'Cleopatra'
    It boasted the biggest budget Hollywood had seen as of 1963. Alex North provided the score, and we hear the love theme of Anthony and Cleopatra on Flicks in Five.February 4, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Kate An Hunter
    Kate An Hunter is a big-hearted veterinarian. Her playlist is full of large orchestral works. Music as large as many of the animals she treats.February 4, 2014
  • Tapping into joy: Melanie DeMore to WITNESS with VocalEssence
    For Melanie DeMore, music is not a spectator sport. "People can expect a concert like they've never been to before," DeMore said.February 4, 2014
  • Tell us which classical pieces you love
    Which classical music pieces do you love? Make your request, then listen on Valentine's Day (Friday, Feb. 14) for a full day of Friday Favorites.February 4, 2014
  • Interview: Bergen Woodwind Quintet
    Two members of Norway's Bergen Woodwind Quintet join Alison Young in the studio to talk about the ensemble's concert tonight at Ted Mann Concert Hall and about their approach to music for winds.February 4, 2014
  • School Spotlight: American Choral Directors of Minnesota Men's and Women's Choir Festival 2013
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's feature audio comes from the 2013 American Choral Directors Assocation of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) Fall Festival at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn.February 4, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Music Directors of the Minnesota Orchestra
    This Friday night, the Minnesota Orchestra returns to a newly renovated Orchestra Hall after a 15-month lockout, led by Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Learn about the 10 principal conductors from throughout the 111-year history of the Orchestra on this week's Learning to Listen.February 3, 2014
  • Meet Class Notes Artists Odelia Trio
    Meet Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists the Odelia Trio, who have been visiting elementary schools in Rochester, Minn., to teach students about chamber music.February 3, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Skrowaczewski and the Minnesota Orchestra
    On Friday, Feb. 7, the Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will be on the podium. On Morning Glories, we'll sample the rich variety of recordings that Skrowaczewski and the Orchestra have made together.February 3, 2014
  • Slideshow: Met Opera presents 'Madama Butterfly'
    Saturday at noon, Classical MPR broadcasts the Met Opera's production of Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly'. Here is a slideshow and synopsis of the opera.February 1, 2014