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  • School Spotlight: Winona Senior High School Symphonic Band
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's audio features the Winona Senior High School Symphonic Band, conducted by Myron Haug.March 4, 2014
  • If I could have coffee with Chopin
    What am I supposed to say to the man who wrote my favorite music? Do I just come out and say it: "How am I ever supposed to be able to play your Fantasie-Impromptu in C Sharp Minor?" Or, maybe, "Who do you think does the best rendition of your Waltz 64 op. 2? Kissin or Rubinstein?"March 3, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Fanny Mendelssohn
    She was her brother's inspiration and his harshest critic. Hear a sample of Fanny Mendelssohn's intricate and harmonically bold music, in honor of Women's History Month on Learning to Listen from Classical MPR.March 3, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Music in the key of CPE
    This week, we'll hear five Morning Glories by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach -- aka "CPE" -- whose 300th birthday falls on March 8.March 3, 2014
  • Interview: Oscar-winning "Gravity" composer Steven Price
    Steven Price has just earned an Oscar for his eerie "Gravity" score. In this fascinating interview, Price tells Garrett Tiedemann how he approached the daunting task of writing music for this outer-space drama.March 2, 2014
  • Reasons to be excited about the future of classical music
    Classical music is a living art, always changing and growing. We asked classical musicians and fans from across the country - including some from our staff - to tell us why they're excited about the future of classical music.February 28, 2014
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Beethoven, Strauss and Shostakovich for Carnegie Hall Live
    The intrepid Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of its fearless Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, returns to Carnegie Hall with a program of some of the most profoundly emotional meditations found in the orchestral repertoire. Hear it at 8:00 p.m. CST on February 28, 2014.February 28, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Alexandria Festival of the Lakes
    Another fine performance from last summer's Alexandria Festival of the Lakes. Feel the warmth!February 27, 2014
  • The Genius of the American Spiritual Ensemble
    Blending hope, joy, sorrow, escape and faith, The American Spiritual Ensemble brought a tremendous sound to St. Paul's Central Presbyterian Church earlier this month. Tune in at 8 p.m. Thursday, February 27 to hear this incredible concert.February 27, 2014
  • Composer Carleton Macy, retiring Macalester College professor, presents swan song concert
    Although Macy is no longer teaching, he has for the last four years continued to compose music for students and faculty at the college. "I'm on the Macalester College retirement program," he said, "which gives me four years to unwind. It's like a four year sabbatical," he said.February 27, 2014
  • Dale North's Dragon Fantasy Book II on Top Score
    Composer Dale North was inspired by games from the late '80s and early '90s for his score to Dragon Fantasy Book II.February 27, 2014
  • For composers, is video game music the new folk music?
    As generations of kids who grew up playing video games mature and become a market force, some composers are looking to give game soundtracks the full symphonic treatment - in the same way composers before them sought to elevate and validate folk tunes.February 26, 2014
  • Hear the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform at Carnegie Hall Live
    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is an integral part of a city rich with a history of important composers and performers. Hear them perform a stunning program live from Carnegie Hall.February 26, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: 'Summer in February' conjures the Cornish coast
    The red carpet rolls out for the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2, but for many what really makes a movie memorable is the music. Benjamin Wallfisch's music for 'Summer in February' is truly memorable. PLUS: Sign up for a chance to win a copy of the CD.February 26, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: Ben-Hur - The Epic Defined
    With the best movie sequence of all time -- the chariot race -- 'Ben Hur' also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled.February 25, 2014