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Classical Music Features

  • 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
  • Slideshow: Met Opera's 'I Puritani'
    Olga Peretyatko makes her highly anticipated Met debut as Elvira, the young woman driven to madness, opposite Lawrence Brownlee, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Michele Pertusi in Bellini's final opera. I Puritani airs Saturday, May 3, at noon on Classical MPR.May 2, 2014
  • Kids in the Hall: youth ensembles take over Orchestra Hall this weekend
    Season-finale concerts by Angelica Cantanti youth choirs and by Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies bring more than 700 kids onto the Orchestra Hall stage the weekend of May 3 and 4.May 2, 2014
  • Yes, Osmo is back. But is he happy?
    Osmo Vanska fought, and fought hard, to return to leading the orchestra he holds so dear, but now he has an enormous triage list. Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse interviews Vanska about the uncertain road ahead.May 2, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Dinkytown Eats
    The University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium celebrates its grand re-opening with a concert by the Minnesota Orchestra. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to eat before the music begins.May 2, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Inon Barnatan
    This week's Regional Spotlight features another virtuoso performance from Inon Barnatan's Frederic Chopin Society recital from March 16.May 1, 2014
  • Composer Mike Raznick and 'Spate' on Top Score
    Composer Mike Raznick used a mix of live performers for the steampunk game, 'Spate'.May 1, 2014
  • "The Working Boys Band": History Theatre dramatizes the historic power of music education
    This weekend, the History Theatre premieres a new musical called The Working Boys Band. It's based on an educational program for newspaper boys and other youngsters working in mills and factories that existed in Minneapolis in the early part of the 20th century.April 30, 2014
  • Choral Countdown 2014: Your Top 25
    We've celebrated choral music all month long during April, our Voices of Spring month. We asked you to nominate your choral favorites, then we asked you to vote. And today, we present the top 25 as voted by you. Listen 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.April 30, 2014
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs Britten's 'War Requiem' live at Carnegie Hall
    Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a stirring performance of Britten's towering masterpiece. Broadcast live April 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. Central; 8 p.m. Eastern.April 30, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Heart and Science
    Daniel Elder abandoned his physics studies for degrees in music, but he retains certain scientific elements in his Impressionist-inspired art, which is captured on the new album, 'The Heart's Reflection'.April 30, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'War Horse'
    Based on a play which was based on Michael Morpurgo's children's book, the film 'War Horse' featured original music composed and conducted by John Williams. Lynne Warfel features 'War Horse' on this week's Flicks in Five.April 29, 2014
  • Osmo Vanska hopeful Minnesota Orchestra will return to pre-lockout form
    Saying he is "maybe a little bit smarter than [he] was 10 years ago," Osmo Vanska said Tuesday he is optimistic that the Minnesota Orchestra can return to the level of artistry it had reached before a crippling 16-month lockout.April 29, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Laura Vosika
    Laura Vosika is a writer, amateur historian and musician. Her set of historical novels, Blue Bells of Scotland, gives her the opportunity to explore all her passions.April 29, 2014
  • May the fourth be with you: Composers tackle a Star Wars Day challenge
    Several Minnesota composers have written new four-hand piano pieces, which will be performed by the talented pianists Susan Hsu and Franco Holder. They'll also give us a taste of some classic Star Wars tunes.April 29, 2014