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  • 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
  • Celebrate Choral Month: Take the Choral Geek Quiz!
    OK, choral music fans -- it's time to test your music mettle! Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR's Choral Stream producer, has put together this Choral Geek Quiz; two quizzes, in fact. Try both levels and see how much you know about choral music.April 24, 2014
  • Interview: Evan Shinners
    Evan Shinners is a Bach star - he travels the world to play Bach in venues ranging from pool halls to Carnegie Hall. Tonight, he'll play at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Shinners stopped in to Classical MPR to talk with host Alison Young.April 24, 2014
  • The musical joys of homeownership
    Many people dream of the painting and decorating they will do in a new home, or the gardens they'll plant, or buying furniture. I think about those things, too - the garden part, mainly - but I've also spent time over the past few months dreaming about the musical events that will occur in our home.April 24, 2014