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  • "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
  • Met Opera: 'The Enchanted Island'
    'The Enchanted Island' combines two Shakespeare plays and the works of Baroque composers to create something entirely new. And the Met Opera's stunning sets bring the undersea world to the stage.March 8, 2014
  • Daniel Tosky: Discovering the magic of double bass
    Daniel Tosky really enjoys being in South Florida with the New World Symphony. He's got some strong ideas about how to build an audience for classical music, and the New World Symphony is, he believes, the right place to develop some of those ideas.March 7, 2014
  • Powdered Wigs, Quaint No More - An Essay by Bill Morelock
    We're used to thinking of the 20th century as the high point of technological and cultural change. The case is easy to make: A generation which knew the horse and buggy watched Neil Armstrong's moon walk. There was Einstein, two world wars, a smallpox vaccine, Elvis Presley and laptop computers. Make your own list.March 7, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Minnesota Monthly's Food & Wine issue
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about some delectable finds that were discovered in the writing of Minnesota Monthly's 2014 Food and Wine issue.March 7, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Flutist, Jennifer Kennard
    Flutist Jennifer Kennard performs a world premiere of a work written especially for her in a recent Thursday Musical performance from Bloomington, Minn.March 6, 2014
  • Three young Minnesotans head for international music stage
    Carnegie Hall has announced that 120 musicians from 33 states will make up the National Youth Orchestra on its eight-stop tour beginning in July. Among the musicians are Arjun Ganguly of St. Cloud, Minn., Emma Richman of Minneapolis and Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minn.March 6, 2014
  • Once a musician, always a musician
    The world is wide, and these three people decided to offer the world other aspects of themselves. But even though none of them currently has a music-centered career, Joe, Kevin, and Qiuxia will bring their experiences in music with them as they go through life.March 6, 2014
  • Christophe Heral and Billy Martin Talk Rayman Legends on Top Score
    Christophe Heral and Billy Martin collaborated on their second Rayman game: Rayman Legends.March 6, 2014
  • What is opera like for a listener - and singer - with limited vision?
    As I'm a singer with low vision, my experience of Mozart's La Nozze di Figaro was different than the typical operagoer's experience — but no less profound.March 5, 2014
  • 3 articles to read when in 'Doubt'
    Tonight, at 8 p.m. Classical MPR is proud to air Minnesota Opera's version of 'Doubt.'March 5, 2014
  • Interview: Valenti as Valentino
    Rudolph Valentino was a legend of the silver screen. James Valenti is the opera singer who brings Valentino's charisma to life onstage in the Minnesota Opera production of 'The Dream of Valentino'. He visits with Classical MPR's John Birge.March 5, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Jan Lisiecki makes Chopin sing
    Jan Lisiecki is a Canadian-born pianist with Polish roots who will turn 19 years old on March 23. But when Lisiecki speaks about his new recording of Chopin Etudes, it's quite apparent he is wise beyond his years.March 5, 2014