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Classical Music Features

  • NextNotes on Learning to Listen
    The American Composers Forum has a new program for high school composers called NextNotes. Minnesota composers Libby Larsen, Joe Horton and Joshua Clausen join Learning to Listen this week to talk about students and composing.December 22, 2014
  • Dessa: Something Old And Something New, Suitable For Choir
    Watch the singer and rapper perform "Skeleton Key" and "The Good Fight" with the VocalEssence choir.December 22, 2014
  • Met Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro
    The Met Opera's production of Mozart's masterpiece is set in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna. Edo de Waart conducts. Read a synopsis and view a slideshow of the opera as you listen on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m.December 20, 2014
  • Top ten film scores of 2014
    Garrett Tiedemann lists the ten film scores that most impressed him this year.December 19, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Last-Minute Foodie Stocking Stuffers
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton offer last minute ideas on what to buy for the people in your life who love food.December 19, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Holiday Cheer
    This week's Regional Spotlight features concert performances from around Minnesota over these past few weeks. Noel!December 18, 2014
  • Class Notes: The Percussion Family
    In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Percussion Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.December 18, 2014
  • Top Score: White Paper Games and NJ Apostol
    Indie game developers White Paper Games took on a seemingly impossible project for an untested, six-member team. They wanted to create a free-roaming, first-person puzzle game set in the surreal, disjointed mind of a woman with dementia. This project presented White Paper Games's composer, NJ Apostol, with a tremendous challenge -- and his score rose to the occasion.December 18, 2014
  • Composer Mikolai Stroinski offers a preview of his 'Ethan Carter' score
    Top Score had the opportunity for a written interview with composer Mikolai Stroinski. In this interview, he reveals a release date for his gorgeous score to "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter".December 17, 2014
  • I'll Have a Blue Christmas, Thank You Very Much: an essay by Edward Kelsey Moore
    In his latest essay for Classical MPR, cellist and novelist Edward Kelsey Moore describes how a first-grade recital inspired his love of sad holiday songs. "I continue to love sad Christmas songs," he writes. "Glum Christmas music doesn't depress me in the least." Moore shares his story as well as some of his favorite seasonal tunes.December 17, 2014
  • World Premiere: Abbie Betinis's Christmas Carol for 2014
    Composer Abbie Betinis continues a family tradition begun in 1922 by her great-grandfather by writing a new carol every year. For the 14th consecutive year, Betinis premieres this year's carol on Classical MPR. Her new carol is called 'Peace with Me Now'.December 17, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: 'Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit'
    Judith Clurman and Essential Voices USA have released a new album that is a stunning collection of music that celebrates Jewish holidays and the cycle of life. "I made this recording because I love this repertoire," Clurman says.December 17, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'Scrooge'
    In another holiday edition of Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel looks at the music and lyrics from the 1971 musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, 'A Christmas Carol'.December 16, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Robert Ball
    Robert Ball has worked in Emergency Medical Services for more than 30 years. His eclectic playlist includes works by Bach AND Sousa. Ball is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans this week.December 16, 2014
  • Candles Burning Brightly®
    Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.December 16, 2014