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Classical Music Features

  • School Spotlight: Litchfield High School Dragonaires
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. Because April is choral month at Classical MPR, this week's School Spotlight shines on Litchfield High School's Dragonaires chamber choir.April 15, 2014
  • A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman
    The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special from New York's WQXR, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel.April 14, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Happy Birthday, Neville Marriner
    This Tuesday, April 15, Sir Neville Marriner turns 90. On Morning Glories, we'll offer four Marriner performances with four different orchestras that the busy, versatile conductor has led during his long career.April 14, 2014
  • Slideshow: Met Opera's 'Andrea Chenier'
    Umberto Giordano's opera is a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Find a synopsis and slideshow here.April 12, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: Dance with Fred
    This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel celebrates the music from the films that featured dancer extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The playlist includes works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.April 12, 2014
  • Eric Whitacre conducts the Minnesota Orchestra
    On Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR aired the live broadcast of Eric Whitacre conducting the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and soprano Hila Plitmann. Whitacre shares some thoughts about the communal power of a choir and about chord clusters.April 11, 2014
  • Stephen Hough to perform on 'A Prairie Home Companion'
    The world-renowned pianist will bring his music to Lake Wobegon while he hopes to discover some new things himself. 'A Prairie Home Companion' airs on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Classical MPR.April 11, 2014
  • Minnesota Opera's innovative approach to 'Magic Flute'
    Minnesota Opera's new 'Magic Flute' is not merely a new production; it's a brand-new way of putting opera on a stage. And Mozart's original music remains pristine. We heard some of it sung as cast members Jesse Blumberg and Tracey Engleman join Classical MPR's John Birge in the studio.April 11, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: After-Taxes Treats
    With tax day approaching on April 15, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about good places to find cheap eats if you owe taxes, and good places to splurge if you're receiving a tax refund.April 11, 2014
  • Interview: Samuel Rhodes, violist
    Samuel Rhodes recently retired as the violist with the Juilliard String Quartet after 44 years in that position. Rhodes calls the sound of the viola, "inward, deep and beautiful." He spoke with Steve Staruch about his career.April 10, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Rose Ensemble
    The Rose Ensemble presents several works honoring the personality and legacy of St Francis of Assisi.April 10, 2014
  • Zeitgeist pays tribute to the strange beauty of George Crumb
    George Crumb is one of the most important and distinctive composers of the past 100 years. Born October 24, 1929 - the day of the infamous "Black Thursday" stock market crash - the composer burst onto the scene in the late 60s and early 70s, producing many important works and winning a Pulitzer Prize.April 10, 2014
  • Well-Strung quartet: Eine klein song, eine klein dance
    Well-Strung, the boy-band-meets-string-quartet sensation featuring four young men who sing, play strings, and look exceedingly handsome make their Twin Cities debut on Thursday, April 10 at Illusion Theater for the first annual fundraiser of Call for Justice, an organization that aims to connect low-income people to legal services.April 9, 2014
  • Mozart's 'Magic Flute': an animated plot summary
    Saturday, April 12 begins Minnesota Opera's two-week run of The Magic Flute at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A new video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera.April 9, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Renee Fleming's 'Guilty Pleasures'
    Renee Fleming is used to a lot pressure. The stakes are pretty high every time she takes the stage. On her latest recording, she releases some of that pressure by sharing a few 'Guilty Pleasures'.April 9, 2014