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Classical Music Features

  • 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
  • School Spotlight: 2013 State 4-5-6 Children's Honor Choir
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week, meet the 2013 State 4-5-6 Children's Honor Choir.April 29, 2014
  • Choral Colleagues on Learning to Listen
    On today's Learning to Listen, you'll meet three of choral-loving Classical MPR staffers as they talk about their choral-music journeys during Voices of Spring, our month-long celebration of choral music on Classical MPR.April 28, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Vanska Returns
    It's quite a week for Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra. Vanska will return as the Orchestra's music director, as of May 1. All this week, we'll bring you five Morning Glories, spanning a decade of performances by conductor and orchestra.April 28, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity Showcase Event
    Meet the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round artists! These five instrumental and vocal artists will perform on stage at a free concert at the Fitzgerald Theater -- which will also be broadcast on Classical MPR -- on April 27th at 5 p.m.April 27, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: Leading Men of the '60s and '70s
    From Sean Connery to Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Peter O'Toole, Robert Redford, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and James Garner (who turned 84 on April 7), a sampling of some of their best films and film music is on Saturday Cinema.April 26, 2014
  • Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte' has come into its own
    Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte seems like a standard operatic comedy — but with a twist. Classical MPR's Rex Levang explains this opera that has come into its own. The Met Opera's production of Cosi airs Saturday, April 26, at 12 noon, on Classical MPR.April 25, 2014
  • Vanska deal a 'fresh start'
    Osmo Vanska will return to his old job as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, the orchestra announced Thursday. MPR News' Euan Kerr spoke to Board Chair Gordon Sprenger, who calls the deal 'a fresh start.'April 25, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Eating Locally and Sustainably
    This week's Moveable Feast falls a few days after Earth Day, which is why John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss eating locally and sustainably.April 25, 2014
  • Osmo Vanska back as Minnesota Orchestra music director
    MPR News has confirmed the Minnesota Orchestra board of directors approved a two-year contract for Osmo Vänskä to return as music director. He will start May 1.April 24, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Inon Barnatan
    The piano sounds like an entire orchestra in the hands of Inon Barnatan. His performance of the solo piano version of Maurice Ravel's La Valse from a Frederic Chopin Society recital last month tears up the dance floor!April 24, 2014