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  • A tenor's-eye view of choral music
    Sociologists speak of class envy, while Freudians speak of penis envy - but in the choral world (and is what is the choral world, after all, but a trembling microcosm of the world itself?) it's tenor envy that seethes just below the surface, erupting now and then in sometimes cruel, other times amusing ways.April 1, 2014
  • The April Fools
    Discover how Spike Jones led the way for Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach, and how one of The Marx Brothers helped Allen Sherman on his way. Also appearances by Anna Russell, Flanders and Swann and, of course, The Clown Prince of Classical Music Comedy, Victor Borge.April 1, 2014
  • School Spotlight: Wayzata High School Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week, we feature Wayzata High School's Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra.April 1, 2014
  • Silas Hite talks about composing for art museums
    Composer Silas Hite is by no means a household name, though he's worked on many of the biggest films over the last few years - like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - and the television show Eureka, along with video games and commercials (the Apple ads with John Hodgman as "PC" and Justin Long as "Mac"). Hite's music played a major role in The Record Breaker, a Vimeo Top 10 Video of 2013.March 31, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Clara Wieck Schumann
    In an era where women were kept out of the spotlight, Clara Wieck Schumann had a successful career as a pianist and composer. Hear her music and story on today's Learning to Listen on Classical MPR.March 31, 2014
  • Morning Glories: April Fools' Day
    April Fool's Day comes just at the time when we could all use a bit of levity. On Morning Glories, we'll hear five pieces reminding us that so-called 'serious composers' aren't always so serious.March 31, 2014
  • Slideshow: Met Opera's 'La Sonnambula'
    Diana Damrau stars as Amina opposite bel canto specialist Javier Camarena as Elvino in Mary Zimmerman's staging of Bellini's sweet love story, with its unforgettable sleepwalking aria for the heroine. Marco Armiliato conducts this production, which airs at noon on Saturday, March 29, on Classical MPR.March 29, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Craft Beer
    This time of year means March Madness basketball. And what better to pair with that than a good-tasting craft beer? John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss Minnesota's craft-beer industry on this week's Moveable Feast.March 28, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs the ferocious Bartok Piano Sonata (Sz. 80) from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given February 16, 2014.March 27, 2014
  • Brian Newhouse interviews Osmo Vanska
    Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse interviewed Osmo Vanska this week. Vanska stated flatly that, yes, indeed, he does want to come back to lead the Orchestra, "If I can work with the orchestra the way I used to do, and I want to do, then I want to come back."March 27, 2014
  • Comparing Baroque Music to Early Video Game Music
    Writer Ricky O'Bannon talks about counterpoint in the context of video game music.March 27, 2014
  • Vanska negotiating possible return to Minnesota Orchestra
    "We started negotiations last Saturday, and I think that the purpose of those negotiations is to try to find out if there is a way for me to come back," former Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska said on WednesdayMarch 26, 2014
  • Take Classical MPR's host voice quiz!
    How well do you recognize the voices of Classical MPR's hosts? As part of MPR's Member Appreciation Week, we've devised this fun quiz. Try it out to test your ear!March 26, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: An Instrument Between Worlds
    Avi Avital's new disc shows his instrument -- the mandolin --traveling between folk and classical, and between the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and South America.March 26, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: The Sound of Music
    Loosely based on a true story, 'The Sound of Music' was last in a string of successful musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein.March 25, 2014