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    Stephen Hough, piano
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Classical Music Features

  • 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
  • When Lowell Liebermann came to Iowa
    By Saturday evening, the tri-state area was abuzz with news of the composer.November 18, 2014
  • We go inside the living, breathing Disney Hall organ as it turns 10
    Let's all sing 'Happy Birthday' to the Disney Organ, now 10 years old; we go inside the only instrument you can go inside. Pipedreams host Michael Barone hosts a 10th birthday party for the organ on Nov. 23.November 18, 2014
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival
    A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.November 18, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Steven Schmitz
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Steven Schmitz, Director of Bands at St. Louis Park High School and Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School in St. Louis Park, Minn.November 18, 2014
  • Black Label Movement and Bakken Trio give life to John Adams's Alleged Dances
    An audience at MacPhail got a sneak preview of Carl Flink's new dance set to the music of John Adams, performed by a live string quartet.November 17, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Performing Families
    When Emily Reese was young, she liked to play piano with her mom. This always happened during the holidays. Emily and her mother never quite made it as a globe-trotting performing duo; however, you'll hear from families who did on this week's Learning to Listen.November 17, 2014
  • Chopin's heart exhumed in secret, like a relic
    "This is a very emotional object for Poles," said Michal Witt, a geneticist involved in the inspection. Chopin is "extremely special for the Polish soul."November 17, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Sharon Isbin
    This week on Morning Glories, join us as we celebrate the artistry of Minnesota native and classical guitar master, Sharon Isbin.November 17, 2014