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Classical Music Features

  • Ben-HurFlicks 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.January 27, 2015
  • Penelope FreehMusic with Minnesotans: Penelope Freeh
    Penelope Freeh is a dancer and choreographer, a writer and a teacher. Her playlist is both rhythmic and colorful. Penelope is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans.January 27, 2015
  • Dr Philip Lewis SteenRemembering Dr. Philip Lewis Steen
    A humble but very influential Minnesota music icon passed away on Jan. 21, 2015, at the age of 81. In remembrance, Classical MPR's archival producer Steve Barnett has selected three choral pieces conducted by Dr. Steen and recorded at MPR in 1974.January 27, 2015
  • Music sweet as Bavarian Cream
    Last week, Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse heard Mariss Jansons lead the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 6. Newhouse calls the performance "breathtaking," and we've shared a link to the audio for you.January 27, 2015
  • Teacher Feature: Cheryl Henningsgaard
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early Childhood Music Faculty Member at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.January 27, 2015
  • Conductors: What are they thinking?
    As a novelist, Cinda Yager tries to get inside her characters' heads. When she decided to make one character a conductor, it caused her to wonder: what, exactly, are conductors thinking as they raise their batons?January 26, 2015
  • Learning to Listen: Barton Pine and Mozart, Part 2
    Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to Learning to Listen to chat about (and play!) Mozart's Violin Concerti.January 26, 2015
  • Morning Glories: Big-Name Birthdays
    It's a week of big-name birthdays in the musical world. On Morning Glories, we'll have a weeklong party for some of these musical notables of past and present.January 26, 2015
  • Feeling the vibe: Leigh Kamman kept jazz alive
    Twin Cities musicians gather Sunday to celebrate the late broadcaster Leigh Kamman. They'll honor a consummate professional who interviewed jazz greats -- and inspired local artists to keep jazz alive.January 25, 2015
  • Play it Forward: Our used instrument drive benefitting local schools
    Breathe fresh life into once-loved instruments by donating them to Play It Forward, our statewide used-instrument drive.January 24, 2015
  • Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'?
    Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones -- but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile.January 23, 2015
  • What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'
    The new Amazon series is a comedy, not a reality show -- in any way, shape or form. But classical music fans may chuckle knowingly at the trials and tribulations of a young oboist in New York. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Anastasia Tsioulcas share what they like and dislike about the series.January 23, 2015
  • Moveable Feast: Summer Travel
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at places to visit in the summertime.January 23, 2015
  • Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester
    The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester sing Shakespeare lyrics in old and new arrangements. Rick Kvam directs his singers in this week's Regional Spotlight.January 22, 2015
  • Top Score: Composer Ben Prunty and Faster Than Light
    For composer Ben Prunty, the glamour of scoring video games did not come without effort. While working alternately as a janitor, Google diagnostician and volunteer coordinator, he received a call from the developers of the new game, Faster Than Light (FTL). They asked for a score, and Ben's life changed forever. Ben is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.January 22, 2015