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Classical Music Features

  • 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
  • Flicks in Five: 'Baby Mine' from Walt Disney's 'Dumbo'
    In the run-up to Mother's Day, Lynne Warfel offers this heartstring-tugging gem: 'Baby Mine' from the Walt Disney animated classic, 'Dumbo'. Bring your own tissues.May 6, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Joe Chvala
    Joe Chvala of Flying Foot Forum is a dancer, choreographer and director. His playlist includes music that is his inspiration. Joe is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans.May 6, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Eric Sayre
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Eric Sayre, who originally taught music in Minnesota and is now executive director of the Guyana Lutheran Music Academy in New Amsterdam, Guyana.May 6, 2014
  • Interview: Tantalus Guitar Quartet
    The members of Tantalus Guitar Quartet come from all over the country, but tonight (Monday, May 5), they all converge in Minneapolis for a free concert and CD-release party. Steve Staruch welcomes them into the studio at Classical MPR for a chat and performance.May 5, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: a Cinco de Mayo celebration
    On today's Learning to Listen, hear music from the figureheads of Mexican classical music, and learn a bit about why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.May 5, 2014
  • "Let My People Go": Oratorio Society of Minnesota remembers the Underground Railroad
    The Oratorio Society of Minnesota take their audience on a journey through the Underground Railroad this weekend with a concert-length oratorio by composer Donald McCullough that draws from African-American spiritual traditions.May 5, 2014
  • Morning Glories: May Flowers
    April showers bring May flowers, they say. So now that we're into the month of May, we'll bring you these five timely Morning Glories. Let's hope they're as welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring!May 5, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: Derby Day
    Lynne Warfel's two big loves converge today: horses and films. It's Kentucky Derby Day today, so on Saturday Cinema, Lynne celebrates the music from films featuring cast members of the equine sort.May 3, 2014
  • A Conversation about the Northrop Auditorium Redesign
    Listen to Emily Reese's chat with architect Tim Carl, acoustician Josh Cushner and the Director of Northrop, Christine Tschida.May 2, 2014