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Classical Music Features

  • Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama
    There's a complicated drama playing out offstage at New York's Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money. The deadline to solve the squabble before a lockout, midnight Thursday, was met with little resolution but a 72-hour extension. NPR's Tom Huizenga has the story.August 1, 2014
  • Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended
    With just an hour to spare before general manager Peter Gelb's vow of a 12:01 a.m. Friday deadline that would trigger a lockout, New York's Metropolitan Opera announced it had agreed to a federal mediator's request to extend the talks by 72 hours.August 1, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Fringe Fest Eats
    The Minnesota Fringe Festival opened yesterday with hundreds of performances. Where can one go for a quick bite or a refreshing drink? That's what John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about this week.August 1, 2014
  • Meet the arts entrepreneurs who started the Lakes Area Music Festival
    Meet the arts entrepreneurs who almost by accident founded the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn. Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward talk to Classical MPR's Steve Staruch.July 31, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Miro Quartet
    From the White Pine Music Festival in 2008, the Miro Quartet fan the flames of the f-minor string quartet by Felix Mendelssohn.July 31, 2014
  • Driving through North Dakota: Water music for a landscape of fire
    I live where the land is on fire. Western North Dakota, the area of the country experiencing the Bakken oil boom, is marked by flares and pump jacks, oil rigs and semis, rapid development and expansion.July 31, 2014
  • On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious
    Contract deadlines for 15 of the 16 unions at the Met in New York are set to expire at midnight tonight, and negotiations will likely go down to the wire. A lockout shutting down the world's largest opera house seems imminent. NPR's Jeff Lunden has the story.July 31, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 31: Ubiquity denies its genius
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.July 31, 2014
  • Pints, Plaques and Proms: My musical adventures in London
    Classical MPR's music director Rex Levang recounts his experiences going to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as some of his other musical finds in and around London.July 30, 2014
  • The many charms of the cello
    How many ways can you play a cello? Alison Young talks to cellists Mark Summer and Anna Clift about this flexible instrument, as well as with vocalist Tierney Sutton, who collaborates with Summer and will perform with him at the Dakota on Thursday.July 30, 2014
  • Musical theater at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival: Ten shows not to miss
    Among the 169 shows being featured in this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival are dozens of musicals. Here are ten to put at the top of your list.July 30, 2014
  • A Breath Of Inspiration: John Luther Adams' New 'Sila'
    Composer John Luther Adams' outdoor work Sila: The Breath of the World, was premiered at Lincoln Center last Friday evening, with a repeat performance the following night, as part of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. NPR's Anastasia Tsiouclas has the story.July 30, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 30: Bach's epic cadenza
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.July 30, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: A Record of Reminiscences
    Leon Fleisher turned 86 last week. He's a pianist, a conductor, a chamber player, and to his many students at the Peabody Conservatory, he's Obi-Wan Kenobi, a master teacher. Now Fleisher is out with his first album in nearly a decade.July 30, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: The Godfather
    Certain movies make an impression upon you — you can remember who you went to the movie with, what you were doing with your life, and especially what age you were. I was still in high school when this American crime film came out, and it was the sensation of 1972.July 29, 2014