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Classical Music Features

  • New documentary spotlights Sharon Isbin's life and work
    Produced by Susan Dangel, the new film 'Sharon Isbin: Troubadour' offers an unprecedented look into the life of the award-winning, Minneapolis-born classical guitarist. "I'm very open about my life in a way that I've never been before in public," Isbin says.November 21, 2014
  • A new dad's soundtrack: Edvard Grieg, Lou Reed, burps and giggles
    When you become a parent, your soundtrack changes. The literal, everyday soundtrack changes, filled with more wailing, burping, giggling, babbling and farting than you ever thought possible. It changes the way you go about your work. More than that, though, your relationship with music as an adult shifts in the grand reorganization that is your life.

November 21, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Marisa Lin
    Pianist Marisa Lin of Rochester, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Featured Artist. She recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with her latest news.November 21, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Turkey Feast
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss more sustainable, humane alternatives for purchasing a Thanksgiving turkey.November 21, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: The Minnesota Sinfonia
    The Minnesota Sinfonia, led by Jay Fishman, performs the Rossini Cinderella Overture. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight.November 20, 2014
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja wants to push SPCO's musical envelope
    Acclaimed Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is known for looking for something new in compositions. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr spoke with Kopatchinskaja as she prepares to make her debut this weekend as an artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.November 20, 2014
  • My kids' first classical concert, starring the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and a talking leopard
    As the musicians came onto stage, I got to experience my kids' joy as they said, "Dad, there's a cello!" or, "Dad, I see a trombone!"November 20, 2014
  • Top Score: Garry Schyman pushes boundaries
    Composer Garry Schyman always seems to be pushing the bounds of video game music. With help from the Seattle Symphony and the amazing acoustics of the Bastyr chapel, Schyman takes some creative liberties with his 'Shadow of Mordor' game soundtrack.November 20, 2014
  • Fiddler Aria Stiles: From Apple Valley to Nashville, via Minnesota Varsity
    Apple Valley native Aria Stiles, a violinist, has traveled far and fast in the music world: at 20, she's a regular member of Pam Tillis's touring band as well as a full-time student at Nashville's Belmont University. As if that wasn't enough evidence that she's been embraced by the capital of country music, she's also the current Miss Music City, in line to compete for the title of Miss Tennessee. Before she hit the big time, though, Stiles participated in Minnesota Varsity.November 19, 2014
  • Interview: The Great Kat, violin-guitar virtuoso and self-styled Beethoven reincarnate
    A few things to know about Juilliard-trained violinist the Great Kat: she's declared herself God, as well as the reincarnation of Beethoven. She favors leather, fishnets, and other dominatrix-inspired garb. She speaks about herself in the third person.November 19, 2014
  • Meet Class Notes Artist: Lyz Jaakola
    Lyz Jaakola is visiting schools across the Twin Cities as a 2014-15 Class Notes Artist.November 19, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Sharon Isbin's Five Classic Albums
    Five of Sharon Isbin's classic recordings have been packaged into a new box set that highlights her career as a pioneering classical guitarist.November 19, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: The Trolley Song
    In 1944, the U.S. was embroiled in war. Back home, folks were going to the movies to bolster spirits. Some movies looked directly into the face of war, while others helped people escape for just a couple of hours. 'Meet Me in St. Louis' was one of the latter variety films.November 18, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Kate Cimino
    Kate Cimino works at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs; she's also an amateur bassoonist and her bassoon-centric playlist will delight you.November 18, 2014
  • The bassoonist's view of the orchestra
    The Minnesota Orchestra's Norbert Nielubowski shares an up-close-and-personal look at the bassoon to help us better understand what some may consider an orchestral oddball. For starters, it's not an oboe.November 18, 2014