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Classical Music Features

  • Class Notes: A Look Inside the Score
    In this Class Notes video, we get an overview of what's in a score: clefs, notes, signatures, instrumentation, and other elements that musicians refer to when they perform.September 25, 2014
  • Musical Memories of the High Holidays with Itzhak Perlman
    For Itzhak Perlman, the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur bring a flood of memories, many of them associated with music. In this one-hour special, the superstar violinist shares a wide variety of recordings that have special meaning for him, sparking warm responses for all listeners.September 24, 2014
  • Christopher Hogwood dies at 73
    Conductor and harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood has died at the age of 73 following a prolonged illness.September 24, 2014
  • Class Notes: What to Do at a Concert
    The Class Notes video What To Do at a Concert is designed to help teachers clarify some of the expectations for classical audiences. It uses humor to get at the heart of why classical music calls for a more expansive share of our attention than other kids of performance do, and why it's worth doing so.September 24, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Star of Naples
    In her new disc, superstar mezzo Joyce DiDonato journeys to Naples -- long one of the thriving centers of opera -- and discovers some unknown gems.September 24, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'The Wizard of Oz'
    The year 1939 was a bountiful one for Hollywood, and even though 'The Wizard of Oz' was not an initial success at the box office, it has since become a classic. Its music plays no small role in the film's enduring popularity.September 23, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Katie McCurry
    Katie McCurry is an Account Representative for Fireman's Fund. No account sheet could ever contain her enthusiasm for classical music!September 23, 2014
  • 'Astounding': Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's opening night
    Classical MPR's Steve Staruch had the best seat in the house as the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra opened its season on Saturday, Sept. 20. Steve describes his experience of the concert, which received three standing ovations from the audience.September 23, 2014
  • First Listen: Brooklyn Rider, 'The Brooklyn Rider Almanac'
    It's become a trope that artists aren't interested in being limited by genre -- at least the really fascinating ones, that is. One of the most enjoyable current examples of this reach beyond stylistic divides is Almanac, the newest project from the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.September 23, 2014
  • What's the best classical music to listen to in the fall?
    As the leaves change and the sweaters come out, what classical music will suit the season? Here are a few selections.September 23, 2014
  • Class Notes: What Does a Conductor Do?
    This Class Notes video answers the question "What Does a Conductor Do?" The vibrant American conductor Sarah Hicks interacts directly with the young students in the video to spark their interest in the conductor's art and give them a taste of the great music it expresses.September 23, 2014
  • Laura Intravia is living the video game music lover's dream
    Laura Intravia's life is something out of a video game music lover's dream. Carving her path by transcribing scores and performing in costume, Intravia is making an indelible impression on the video game music circuit.September 23, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Jonathan Laflamme
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Jonathan Laflamme, director of bands at Little Falls Community High School in Little Falls, Minn.September 23, 2014
  • First Listen: John Luther Adams, 'Become Ocean'
    Even though public recognition has been too long in coming, John Luther Adams' music has found its rightful place, and the timing of a piece the composer explicitly links to environmental issues couldn't feel more urgent. Aesthetically and thematically, this is the time for Become Ocean.September 22, 2014
  • My orchestra audition gratitude challenge
    Auditions are usually stressful events, and by their nature disappointing for most of the people involved, so cultivating an attitude of gratitude (corny rhyme though it may be) is a good practice for classical musicians.September 22, 2014