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Classical Music Features

  • Music Teacher Feature: Terry Brau
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Terry Brau, band director at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar, Minn.April 8, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Great Choruses
    In celebration of choral music month, hear great choruses from the stage and screen on this week's Learning to Listen.April 7, 2014
  • Minnesotan oboist Joe Peters soars with New World Symphony
    So, what's the best career advice you've ever received? Reach for the stars? Be courageous and daring? Don't try to do everything? Maybe, like oboist Joseph Peters, it wasn't advice you received so much as a warning.April 7, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Eric Whitacre
    Eric Whitacre is coming to Minnesota this week to conduct the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale in some of his most famous works. In the run-up to Friday's live broadcast, we'll check out five compositions by Whitacre in this week's Morning GloriesApril 7, 2014
  • The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir perform at The Cathedral of St. Paul
    The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is not only the finest choir from a nation of singers, but arguably the finest choir in the world. Hear the choir's amazing performance from The Cathedral of Saint Paul last November.April 4, 2014
  • Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'?
    Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones -- but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile.April 4, 2014
  • Michael Tang: 14-year-old pianist plays Grieg with aplomb
    In a small, yellow room at the back of a Schmitt Music store in a strip mall, Michael Tang sat down at a grand piano.April 4, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Twins Home Opener
    Monday, April 7, is the Minnesota Twins' home opener. That's why on today's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about places to eat in and around Target Field.April 4, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: The Dream Songs Project
    The Dream Songs Project performs several works from a concert in St. Paul, Minn., this past January.April 3, 2014
  • Interview: Sharleen Joynt on opera and "The Bachelor"
    Sharleen Joynt is a 29-year-old coloratura soprano. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Joynt has sung in operas by Mozart and Wolfgang Rihm and sung the role of Marie in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment. She's currently covering a role in Strauss's Arabella at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She's known to millions, though, for her appearance as a cast member on the most recent season of ABC's reality show The Bachelor.April 3, 2014
  • Top Score: The Sea Shanties of 'Assassin's Creed'
    As you sail around the Caribbean on your ship in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, your crew sings sea shanties to pass the time.April 3, 2014
  • A musician's strange but true tales from the road
    Ask any musician who regularly travels for a living, and you are bound to hear some amazing, often hilarious, occasionally nerve-racking tales from the road. Here are a few of mine.April 2, 2014
  • Interview: Tom Ashworth on the U of M Brass Symposium
    The words "Brass Symposium" raise the pulse of many music lovers, so you'll find plenty of excitement at the Brass Symposium at the University of Minnesota School of Music this weekend. Professor of Trombone Tom Ashworth organized the event, and he stopped by to talk about it with Classical MPR's John Birge.April 2, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Starting with a Rice Krispie Box
    Alisa Weilerstein's new CD is the culmination of a dream that began in early childhood. Her recording of Dvorak's cello concerto is featured on this week's New Classical Tracks.April 2, 2014
  • Voices of Spring: nominate your favorite choral work
    This April, we're celebrating choral music. Starting next week, we'll ask you to vote on your favorite choral pieces, but this week, we want to hear from you what we ought to put on the ballot.April 1, 2014