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  • Moveable Feast: A Chef's Picnic
    The Fourth of July is when summer really kicks into high gear, with outdoor eating in full effect! John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss some ideas for making fun picnic fare.July 4, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 4: Exquisite eruptions of beauty
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 4, we're listening to Ravel's stunning conclusion to the Mother Goose suite.July 4, 2014
  • Finding a lost treasure: Barber's Violin Sonata
    John Gilbert and Francesca Tortorello tell the story of finding the long-lost Barber Violin Sonata.July 3, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
    The Ancia Saxophone Quartet performs an early work of Arvo Part in this week's Regional Spotlight.July 3, 2014
  • QUIZ: Test your John Philip Sousa knowledge
    Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend by taking this quiz about the music of the American March King, John Philip Sousa. Are you in step with Sousa?July 3, 2014
  • Top Score: 'The Orchestra' app
    A new iPad app from the Philharmonia Orchestra aims to demystify how an orchestra works.July 3, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 3: Two enchanting underdogs of the orchestra
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 3, we're listening to how the English Horn and Bassoon take center stage in Stravinsky's 'Pastorale.'July 3, 2014
  • Fourth of July 2014: Where to find fireworks in the Twin Cities
    As we provide the soundtrack to your Fourth of July weekend, we know that another important part of this weekend's soundtrack will be provided by rapidly heated metal salts detonating in the evening sky. (In other words, fireworks.)July 2, 2014
  • Polytonal pyrotechnics: July 4 with Charles Ives
    Growing up in the Nation's Capital, the Fourth of July was by far my favorite holiday. Every year I looked forward to the loud march music, dressing up to join our neighborhood parade, the belly-flop contest at our neighborhood swimming pool, and all of the summery food. And, of course, I loved the fireworks.July 2, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Thirty Little Masterpieces
    Bach's "two- and three-part inventions" are familiar to every piano student. On a new disc, they're performed by one of the leading young pianists of today. Simone Dinnerstein's new album is on this week's New Classical Tracks.July 2, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 2: a fascinating 46 seconds
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 2, we're looking at Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Invention No. 10 in G major'July 2, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'Dances with Wolves'
    'Dances with Wolves' changed both Kevin Costner's career as an actor and director as well as the place of Westerns in American film history. On Flicks in Five, we hear John Barry's Oscar-winning score.July 1, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Carol Rudie
    Carol Rudie is a docent at The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) and has chosen a playlist that is as colorful as the Russian art she loves.July 1, 2014
  • Music in Bloom: Your Photos
    Throughout the month of June, we asked you to send us your photos of what summertime means to you. Now, we're proud to present this collection of your images.July 1, 2014
  • The Future of Broadway: Regarding Broadway, Part Five
    In the last 15 years of the 20th century, Broadway struggled with the demise of the impresario, the entrance of big corporate sponsors, skyrocketing ticket prices and production costs, and a dwindling audience base. But is another Broadway renaissance afoot?July 1, 2014