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  • New Classical Tracks: The Warmth of Christmas from the Sunny South
    Miami-based Seraphic Fire's new album, 'Candlelight Carols', captures the beauty of the group's live holiday performances. It also includes works by Minnesota composers Jake Runestad and Abbie Betinis. What's more, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.December 10, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'It's a Wonderful Life'
    Just before its release at Christmas in 1946, composer Dimitri Tiomkin's original score to 'It's a Wonderful Life' was overhauled. On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear Tiomkin's original finale for the film.December 9, 2014
  • SPCO celebrates balanced budget and record audiences
    While orchestras nationwide experienced a decline in ticket sales of more than 20 percent in the last decade, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra audience has increased by more than 40 percent.December 9, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Dan Yoon
    Dan Yoon is a medical doctor and a singer-songwriter. His playlist is filled with the music that has informed his life. Dr. Yoon is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans.December 9, 2014
  • My first St. Olaf Christmas Festival
    Friday's excursion to Northfield was, for me, an entry to a new world: a world of those Lutheran traditions that I'd heard Garrison Keillor talk about but I'd rarely experienced firsthand.December 9, 2014
  • In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On
    The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments. NPR's Christopher Livesay reports from northern Italy.December 9, 2014
  • School Spotlight: Alexandria Concert Choir
    School Spotlight features outstanding Minnesota student and school music ensembles. This week's spotlight is on the Alexandria Concert Choir from the Alexandria Area High School.December 9, 2014
  • Hoops and Hearts: an essay by Bill Morelock
    As the rituals of December take hold, Classical MPR's Bill Morelock reflects on one such seasonal rite. His thoughts revert to early '70s basketball in the Bay Area, and how a scrimmage with a team from Oakland became a touchstone, then and now.December 8, 2014
  • Holiday Performances on Learning to Listen
    This month, you have numerous opportunities to hear some of Minnesota's best musicians in special holiday performances. On this week's Learning to Listen, find out more about these ensembles.December 8, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Sir James Galway
    This week, flutist Sir James Galway turns 75. We'll celebrate "the man with the golden flute" with five Morning Glories, drawn from the bumper harvest of recordings he's made over his long and stellar career.December 8, 2014
  • Slideshow: Met Opera's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"
    "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" airs Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., on Classical MPR. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard stars as the feisty Rosina; tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the lovestruck Count Almaviva; and baritone Christopher Maltman makes his first Met appearance in the title role of the resourceful barber Figaro.December 6, 2014
  • Stephen Paulus nominated for Grammy Award
    Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, who died this year at the age of 65, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Classical Composition.December 5, 2014
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival leaves lasting impressions
    For Sarah Stevens, who graduates in 2015, and for Martha Kunau, who graduated in the 1990s, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a tradition and experience that leaves a lasting impression -- whether or not one ever attended the college.December 5, 2014
  • Alzheimer's patients connect with others through singing
    Giving Voice Chorus gives Alzheimer's patients and their caretakers a chance to thrive. Those suffering from Alzheimer's often retain the ability to sing. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer and Phil Picardi provide this story on the Giving Voice Chorus.December 5, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Brianna Drevlow
    Pianist Brianna Drevlow of Thief River Falls, Minn. was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Featured Artist. She recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with her latest news.December 5, 2014