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  • Minnesota Orchestra fills out holiday, pops and family schedule
    The Minnesota Orchestra fills out the rest of its 2014-15 performance schedule by revealing the Live at Orchestra Hall series, its holiday concert offerings, and the family concerts. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr has the full story.July 11, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Vive la France
    With Bastille Day swiftly approaching on July 14, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about area options for French cuisine.July 11, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 11: a gorgeous gem of piano
    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. Day 11, a gorgeous gem of piano from Chopin.July 11, 2014
  • Matt Lammers: From Minnesota Varsity to Aspen Music Festival
    Performance Today host Fred Child is in Aspen, Colo., to record a series of programs on his show, and he happened to bump into Matt Lammers, a 2011 Minnesota Varsity Featured Round Artist.July 10, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Jacques Ogg and friends
    A work by a "wildman" of the 18th century, Francesco Veracini, gets the star treatment in a performance with Jacques Ogg and friends.July 10, 2014
  • Reports from the Range: Bunking up at the Northern Lights Music Festival
    Summer classical music festival: this phrase hints at extravagance and a certain bohemian atmosphere, I think. A bunch of artists getting together in the off-season, probably in a picturesque location, enjoying festivities because it is a festival, after all.July 10, 2014
  • Mill City Summer Opera: Tosca on the Mississippi
    Mill City Summer Opera started two years ago with a new idea: Grand opera, performed outdoors, in the industrial ruins at the Mill City Museum. This year, Mill City Summer Opera presents Puccini's 'Tosca', and some of the singers visited John Birge to sing and to talk about the performance.July 10, 2014
  • Top Score: Game Music Lullabies
    When Jayson Napolitano wrote an article about game music to fall asleep to, he had no idea of the volume of response he'd receive. As a result, he created the album, "Game Music Lullabies".July 10, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 10: Quintessential Shostakovich
    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. Day 10, we listen to the quintessential Shostakovich.July 10, 2014
  • Find a Summer Music Festival
    Summertime in the Upper Midwest brings a number of classical music festivals and other seasonal offerings to Classical MPR's listening region. Use our list and maps to find a festival near you -- or to find a musical reason to take a summer road trip.July 9, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Dvorak and America
    The centerpiece of this new disc is a melodrama (music combined with the spoken word), drawing on works by Dvorak and the poet who inspired him -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.July 9, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 9: Crushing on the Clarinet
    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. Day 9, we listen to some sweet sounds from the much-maligned woodwind.July 9, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: To Kill a Mockingbird
    Elmer Bernstein provided a breathtaking score for the tale of courage and character in a small southern town. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is on Flicks in Five.July 8, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Kevin Ramach
    Kevin Ramach is the President and the General Director of the Minnesota Opera. His theatrical playlist is filled with high operatic drama.July 8, 2014
  • Bassist Francois Rabbath loves to share the "beautiful sound"
    In St. Paul to teach master classes at the Twin Cities Bass Camp and to perform a concert on Thursday, July 10, at the History Theatre, inspiring bassist François Rabbath stopped by Classical MPR to share his thoughts about teaching and performing.July 8, 2014