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Classical Music Features

  • Morning Glories: Music for Learning
    This month, we celebrate music for learning, and on Morning Glories this week, we'll air five pieces meant for students, whether they're performers, or listeners -- some music for learning, quite literally.May 12, 2014
  • Video Chat: Conductor Charles Bruffy
    Grammy award-winning conductor Charles Bruffy leads the Kansas City Chorale. On Friday, May 9, Bruffy participated in a live video chat with Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. You can view this fun and engaging conversation, now archived on the Classical Notes blog.May 10, 2014
  • Two takes on Cinderella: Disney versus Rossini
    What would be left of the Cinderella story if you took away the glass slippers, the pumpkin and the fairy godmother? Classical MPR's Rex Levang and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato point out some differences. 'La Cenerentola' airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR.May 10, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: Movies for and with Mothers
    Nothing hits a sentimental chord in movies like a good mother-child relationship, or even a not-quite-so-good one. This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel features scores from 'Steel Magnolias', 'Forrest Gump', 'Little Women', 'Gypsy' and 'Hamlet'.May 10, 2014
  • Composer Danny Elfman and filmmaker Errol Morris push each other forward with "The Unknown Known"
    Acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris has been noted among movie music buffs for his collaborations with composer Philip Glass, whose pulsing sounds have provided the score to some of Morris's best-known work. With his new film, The Unknown Known, Morris has taken another tack, enlisting composer Danny Elfman.May 9, 2014
  • Joyce DiDonato talks about being opera's Cinderella
    Classical MPR's Julie Amacher spoke with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is currently starring in the Met Opera's production of Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' (Cinderella), which airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR.May 9, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Walleye Season
    As the fishing season opens, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about where to find Minnesota's state fish without the use of a rod and reel.May 9, 2014
  • Music and Mom
    Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 11. What music reminds you of your mother? Share your comments and memories, then listen to our special selection of lullabies on Sunday, May 11, from 6 to 10 p.m.May 8, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Bethlehem Music Series
    Highlights from a recent Bethlehem Music Series performance are in this week's Regional Spotlight. Listen to hear two performances by a pair of talented teens.May 8, 2014
  • Curtis Schweitzer and Starbound on Top Score
    Composer Curtis Schweitzer wrote unusually long pieces of music for his soundtrack to the game Starbound. He talks to Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score.May 8, 2014
  • Interview: Anton Armstrong
    Director of the St Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, conducts Magnum Chorum this weekend. Tradition and beauty go hand-in-hand with a program titled 'Amazing Grace'. Armstrong speaks with Steve Staruch.May 7, 2014
  • Class Notes: A Journey Through Musical Emotion
    Clark the caterpillar is our guide through music and emotion in this Class Notes video, our standards-based series of fun, short movies about music education.May 7, 2014
  • Slideshow: Minnesota's best high school composers
    Composers from across Minnesota wrote original pieces of music for the Minnesota Varsity project. See the top composers in action as they workshop and premiere new classical works.May 7, 2014
  • Interview: The Musical Offering
    Alison Young welcomes three Musical Offering musicians (and members of the reunited Minnesota Orchestra) to give a preview their upcoming Mother's Day concert.May 7, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Capturing Beethoven's futuristic music
    Simone Gramaglia of Quartetto di Cremona describes his ensemble's work and research behind their new recording of Beethoven's string quartets, music Beethoven himself described as "music for people of the future."May 7, 2014