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  • Saturday Cinema: June is Bustin' Out All Over
    As we stand at the cusp of the month of June, Lynne Warfel celebrates movie musicals. Plus, a tribute to the late Bob Hoskins. It's all on this week's Saturday Cinema.May 31, 2014
  • Interview: Paul Schoenfield
    The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota concludes its season this coming weekend with a performance of Paul Schoenfield's "Sparks of Glory." Steve Staruch spoke with Shoenfield about the piece as it is about to receive its regional premiere.May 30, 2014
  • Wave of sound: The revelation of live music
    Since she was a child, classical music has opened writer Cinda Yager's imagination for play. The music also opens her heart to all kinds of emotion. A live concert, Yager writes, brings all of this out with an immediacy, a humanity, not found anywhere else.May 30, 2014
  • Three singers from Cantus move on
    Tenors Gary Ruschman and David Walton as well as baritone Adam Reinwald, will depart Cantus to explore other endeavors after spending a collective 30 years with the singing ensemble. All three men joined Classical MPR's Alison Young for an interview on Friday, May 30.May 30, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Cooking Classes
    As college students leave their campuses with diplomas and empty stomachs, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where students can learn a valuable life skill: how to cook.May 30, 2014
  • Interview: ETHEL plays Documerica
    Violinist Kip Jones is a member of the string quartet known as ETHEL. He joins Steve Staruch to talk about ETHEL's new project, DOCUMERICA, which receives its Minnesota premiere on Tuesday, June 3. Kip Jones talks about the piece and his role in its creation.May 29, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Accordo plays Mozart
    Mozart always gives each player a chance to shine, and shine they do! In this week's Regional Spotlight, a performance of the Mozart Flute Quartet No. 1 by members of Accordo from a December 2013 concert. Welcome, summer!May 29, 2014
  • Top Score: Composing Music for Trailers
    Composer Yoav Goren writes music for trailers for films, video games and television. Learn about the process on Top Score.May 29, 2014
  • Meet the Twin Cities Fringe Opera company
    Colleen Meier is the co-founder of Twin Cities Fringe Opera. As the company prepares for its first production, Meier spoke with Steve Staruch.May 28, 2014
  • How Maya Angelou inspired choral music
    Maya Angelou, one of the most beloved African-American authors, died today at age 86. In spite of her difficult childhood, she became an award-winning writer and a leading civil-rights activist who ultimately received the 2010 Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Even facing the rockiest of realities, Maya Angelou still rose -- and inspired others.May 28, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Chad Hoopes goes with the flow
    On his new album of concertos by Mendelssohn and Adams, violinist Chad Hoopes wanted to capture the youthful energy of the music by letting it flow from his instrument.May 28, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'The Bridge at Remagen' and 'The Great Escape'
    So close to Memorial Day, we're considering music from two Hollywood war films unified by their great music written by distinctive composer Elmer Bernstein.May 27, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Josh McCaffrey
    Josh McCaffrey is a story-teller and even did a stint in Hollywood as a writer for the soaps. These days his career has him a bit closer to home. McCaffrey is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans is this week.May 27, 2014
  • Surprising summer reads for classical music lovers
    If you're a serious musician or music lover who has decided to read more about music, where should you look?May 27, 2014
  • School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's feature spotlights the Austin High School Wind Ensemble, led by Bradley Mariska.May 27, 2014