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Classical Music Features

  • Before Bach's Birthday Bash
    For Michael Barone, one day is not enough to celebrate the birthday of J.S. Bach. It's why he began the tradition of Before Bach's Birthday Bash. Read about what's in store for this year's festivities.March 14, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: St. Patrick's Day
    Moveable Feast is about where to go and what to eat, so with Monday's Irish observance on the horizon, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places to go for St. Patrick's Day.March 14, 2014
  • Oratorio Society: The Music of Downton Abbey
    Matthew Mehaffey leads the Oratorio Society of Minnesota in a concert of works inspired by the Downton Abbey series.March 13, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Jasper Quartet
    In a performance given earlier this season, the Jasper String Quartet performs a quartet by Haydn -- it's Haydn at his most rambunctious!March 13, 2014
  • SPCO live concert broadcast this Friday
    Tune in Friday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. to hear a live concert broadcast by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Conductor Scott Yoo leads the SPCO and pianist Ingrid Fliter in Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Strauss. Plus - send us your questions for the pre-concert chat.March 13, 2014
  • 'Video Games Live: Level 3' on Top Score
    Video Games Live just released its third studio album. Co-creator of VGL, Tommy Tallarico, talks about the music.March 13, 2014
  • Fargo-Moorhead Opera to stage world premieres inspired by Poe
    Later this month the Fargo-Moorhead Opera will be performing the first world premieres of its four-and-a-half-decade existence, in collaboration with the NYC-based American Lyric Theatre.March 12, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Themes to Last a Lifetime
    A new disc from the ensemble Rebel features concerti by Telemann, a composer who blended international styles and found that folk musicians offered him enough themes to last a lifetime.March 12, 2014
  • How Randy Newman re-invented himself with 'Ragtime'
    Film composer Randy Newman didn't have Hollywood success handed to him on a silver platter. 'Ragtime' gave Newman a chance to reach new heights.March 11, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Sally Howell Johnson
    Sally Johnson is a pastor and a writer. Her Welsh singing heritage and her embrace of Celtic spirituality are both a part her sweet-sounding playlist.March 11, 2014
  • A bass's-eye view of choral music
    So you're sailing down the Pacific Coast Highway in your 1964 Ford Mustang convertible (with the top down, of course), and "Blue Moon," sung by the Marcels, comes on the radio. What do you do? C'mon...admit it...you sing along with the bass line!March 11, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Woody Woodward
    Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. In this week's spotlight is Woody Woodward of The Blake School's Highcroft Campus in Wayzata, Minn.March 11, 2014
  • "Chamber fiddle camp" in St. Paul to help kids bridge Beethoven and bluegrass
    Orange Mighty Trio member Zack Kline will be teaching his special brand of "chamber fiddle" at a camp this summer in St. Paul. At the camp, Kline will present a hybrid of chamber and fiddle styles, taking the best of both worlds. The camp, which runs for a week in late June, will teach fiddling, accompaniment and "musical silliness," culminating in a final performance for the participants, Kline said.March 10, 2014
  • 'Empfindsamkeit' on Learning to Listen
    The transition from Baroque music to the Classical era didn't happen right away, but was ushered in thanks to a small handful of composers living in Northern Germany. Hear examples of Baroque music compared to the style known as "Empfindsamkeit" on today's Learning to Listen.March 10, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Minnesota music-making
    This week, we celebrate Minnesota's rich musical landscape with a recent performance recorded regionally each weekday at 10 a.m.March 10, 2014