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  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 18: take me away, Nikolai!
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.July 18, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Cakes
    John Birge and Rachel Hutton celebrate a year of their Movable Feast conversations with their picks for the best cakes in the Twin Cities.July 18, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper
    From a Frederic Chopin Society recital Imogen Cooper performs two Schubert Improptus.July 17, 2014
  • A soprano's-eye view of choral music
    I feel like I'm entering a war zone writing about this topic: being a soprano in a choir. There are so many preconceived notions about sopranos. Let's get those stereotypes out of the way now.July 17, 2014
  • My Fair Lady: She Thinks She's Got It!
    Actress Helen Anker and Musical Director Andrew Cooke visit John Birge in studio to perform a couple of songs from 'My Fair Lady' and to talk about the new production at the Guthrie Theater.July 17, 2014
  • Christopher Tin's 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' on Top Score
    Christopher Tin just finished his second song cycle, 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'. He stopped by Top Score to discuss it.July 17, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 17: a rocking feel
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.July 17, 2014
  • Reports from the Range: Sounding my horn from a Minnesota "mountaintop"
    From the highest point in the land, my high C rings out over the hills and chalets and lakes below, and I feel a rush of joy.July 16, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 16: Take this waltz
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we're cleaning the house with a Josef Strauss waltz.July 16, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Time for Three
    They say timing is everything. Acoustic trio Time for Three couldn't agree more. Just as their self-titled debut album was in the works, the trio made a splash for being denied seats on a plane - because they were carrying instruments.July 16, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Joe Landsberger
    Joe Landsberger is a world traveler (40 countries and counting), but he always returns home to St Paul. His classical playlist is filled with both the exotic and the "tried and true."July 15, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: The Book Thief
    'The Book Thief' features an emotive score by the legendary composer John Williams.July 15, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 15: Life on paper, turned into sound
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we listen to Jean-Philippe Rameau's heartbreaking harpsichord.July 15, 2014
  • Reports from the Range: Rehearsal reflections at the Northern Lights Music Festival
    On the rehearsal spectrum of pure run-throughs to mind-numbingly tedious detail work, opera rehearsals at the Northern Lights Music Festival are closer to the latter. Maestro Gavriel Heine is particular and exacting. Precise rhythm, nuanced articulation, countless dynamic changes - all this and more needs to be there.July 14, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Concertmasters
    On today's Learning to Listen, three concertmasters talk about what it's like to lead an orchestra not from the podium, but from a chair just to the left of the conductor.July 14, 2014