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Classical Music Features

  • School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir
    School Spotlight season starts off the academic year with Austin High School Concert Choir. Learn more about this ensemble and hear three of its music selections.September 16, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Works by students of the Paris Conservatory
    At the end of each school year, students at the Paris Conservatory are required to perform a "contest piece" for their professors. For decades, the Conservatory commissioned new music to address a lack of appropriate music for instruments including trombone, horn, trumpet and bassoon.September 15, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Teen Beat
    Even composers were kids once. This week on Morning Glories, we'll bring you five pieces whose composers, at the time they wrote them, were talented teenagers.September 15, 2014
  • Checking in with Burt Hara
    Back in town to play concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with his former ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, clarinetist Burt Hara stops by Classical MPR to talk to Alison Young about life in L.A. and about his visit to the Twin Cities this weekend.September 12, 2014
  • Meet Julie Albers, new principal cellist at the SPCO
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced this week the hiring of Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. Not long after arriving on a flight from Atlanta, Albers visits with Classical MPR's Alison Young. Get to know Albers and hear her thoughts about her new job.September 12, 2014
  • Strumply Peter: Open Eye Figure Theatre creates a toy opera about a very bad boy
    Early on, two children are ground into dough that's put into an oven to bake into a cake; at the end of the show, that cake is fed back to alternate-universe versions of those children. Probably don't bring your kindergarteners.September 12, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Eating in University Grove
    Tomorrow is the 100th birthday anniversary of Ralph Rapson: famous MN architect, designer of the original Guthrie Theater, and master of Mid-century Modern. Rachel Hutton and John talk about the best places to eat around the University Grove neighborhood where Rapson and other architects built Modern homes.September 12, 2014
  • Nicola Benedetti is serious about music education
    As back-to-school month continues at Classical MPR, violinist Nicola Benedetti shares her thoughts on the importance of music education for children. "Because it's good for them," she says.September 11, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: A September 11th Remembrance
    There is music that soothes in the here-and-now, and there is music that pushes us forward. This afternoon's Regional Spotlight is a musical remembrance for September 11th.September 11, 2014
  • Announcing Classical MPR's 2014-15 Choral Series
    Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR's manager of choral initiatives, runs down the list of world-renowned choirs coming to Minnesota over the next six months. View performance videos and find ticket information.September 11, 2014
  • Cellist Tina Guo on Top Score
    Cellist Tina Guo is best known for shredding on her electric cello. But the lonely, meditative sonority of a video game soundtrack shows the depth of her playable emotion. Cellist Tina Guo discusses her intense classical upbringing and modern musical rebellion on Top Score.September 11, 2014
  • Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians: Still a near-religious experience
    Reich's masterpiece is not just a piece of music; it's something to bask in, like a sun-drenched beach chair after jumping into a cold ocean.September 10, 2014
  • River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child
    This new trip, hosted by Performance Today's Fred Child, travels to venues, concerts and activities along the Danube River. It features an exclusive private concert at Vienna's Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years. Learn more about the itinerary.September 10, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: 'Homecoming, A Scottish Fantasy'
    Violinist Nicola Benedetti has an Italian name, but she grew up in Scotland. Her new disc celebrates those Scottish roots, with a classical fantasy on Scottish melodies, a tribute to Robert Burns, and a selection of traditional folk tunes.September 10, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Penelope Freeh
    Penelope Freeh is a dancer and choreographer, a writer and a teacher. Her playlist is both rhythmic and colorful.September 9, 2014