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    Claudio Scimone
    James Galway, flute
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    Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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  • Take Alison Young's Flute Quiz
    How much about the flute do you know? Test your knowledge with this quiz written by Classical MPR's resident flutist, host Alison Young.October 8, 2014
  • OPINION: Five reasons I hate playing wedding gigs
    As a cellist who's currently a poor college student, I take pretty much any gig I can. Weddings, though, are special. Each one presents different annoyances and challenges for musicians to sort out, from transporting a whole string quartet in a Ford Focus to dealing with procrastinating couples. Here are my top five frustrations with playing weddings.October 8, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Bach and Bell
    At home, Joshua Bell plays the violin music of Bach practically every day. But he hasn't recorded a full Bach album, until now.October 8, 2014
  • Help name Tesfa's 'choral car'
    Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu recently bought himself a new car so he can drive all over spreading the joy of choral music. Now he just needs a perfect name for his new ride. What ideas do you have?October 7, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: The Swashbuckler
    Swordfights, rope-swinging and adventurous heroes characterize the 'swashbuckler' genre. Naturally, the scores under these films reflect the onscreen feats of derring-do.October 7, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Kevin Held
    Kevin Held likes to move. His passion is Ultimate Frisbee. It's a fast moving highly paced game. His playlist is moves a bit slower.October 7, 2014
  • A flutist's-eye view of the orchestra
    When SPCO principal flutist Julia Bogorad-Kogan got her first flute at age nine, it was love at first breath. Although she asserts the flute is "the sunshine of the orchestra," Bogorad-Kogan cautions that it's not for wimps. Read more about the flute-player's perspective in the latest of our section's-eye view series.October 7, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Paul Kile
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Paul Kile, Director of Bands at Edina High School in Edina, Minn.October 7, 2014
  • How classical music helped to heal my mind and heart after surgery
    On the morning I was to leave the hospital, I developed a complication that delayed my discharge for two days. I was devastated. I asked my nurse for soothing music. What music have I used for healing my mind and heart?October 6, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Let's Get Ready to Rondo
    It's one of the most popular forms of music, especially in the classical era, and perhaps one of the easiest to understand. On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear about the "rondo".October 6, 2014
  • Creating extraordinary sounds with Third Coast Percussion
    Third Coast Percussion's mission is to explore the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire. David Skidmore of Third Coast Percussion spoke to Alison Young ahead of the group's performance as part of the SPCO's Liquid Music series.October 6, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Bachtoberfest!
    We're declaring this week Bachtoberfest on Morning Glories, highlighting the music of J. S. Bach. Did you know that his home in Leipzig had an alcove especially for the beer barrel?October 6, 2014
  • Class Notes: Fast or Slow Means Tempo
    The Class Notes video "Fast or Slow Means Tempo" explores the concept of tempo, what it means, how it's used, and why it's such an integral element of a score -- with some help from two bearded lumberjacks.October 3, 2014
  • Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 2
    The adventure continues this week with the second installment of Next Level, an article series that, based on the music you love, suggests something different to try out. This week, cello lovers are in for a treat.October 3, 2014
  • Happy Birthday, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Last February, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota hosted a huge 90th birthday celebration at Orchestra Hall for Emeritus Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Listen to this concert broadcast on Classical MPR on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.October 3, 2014