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  • Joel CorelitzJoel Corelitz and The Unfinished Swan on Top Score
    Composer Joel Corelitz just received a BAFTA nomination for his score to The Unfinished Swan. Baroque-inspired sounds accompany the artful tale. Hear our conversation on Top Score from Classical MPR.April 17, 2014
  • mickey rooneySaturday Cinema: Remembering Rooney
    Passover and Lent bring out the Biblical epic movies on TV, and we'll look at some of the classis: 'Ben Hur', 'The Robe', and 'The Ten Commandments' with suitable "epic" scores by Elmer Bernstein, Miklos Rozsa and Alfred Newman. Also a tribute to Mickey Rooney who passed away earlier this month.April 19, 2014
  • arabella met 1'Arabella' is an operatic romantic comedy
    Sisters Arabella and Zdenka are opposites, but they're loving sisters. A conflict exists between the sisters' desires and the needs of their parents. It seems an insoluble problem until an unexpected caller arrives, setting in motion a romantic comedy. Classical MPR's Rex Levang illuminates ahead of the Met Opera broadcast on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m.April 18, 2014
  • A Visitor's Guide to the St. Matthew Passion
    J.S. Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose--to present the biblical passion story in music. Bach's Passion continues to move audiences more than 280 years after it was first heard in Leipzig, Germany. It airs on Friday, April 18, starting at 10 a.m., on Classical MPR.April 18, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Easter Brunch
    It's Easter weekend, and for a lot of people, that means brunch. That's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places that are good for brunch, whether Easter or any special occasion.April 18, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: National Lutheran Choir
    The Widor Toccata like you've never heard it before in a performance with the National Lutheran Choir. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight.April 17, 2014
  • Choral Countdown 2014: Vote Now
    You've made your nominations and we've assembled the ballot. Now cast your votes for your choral favorites. We'll count down the top 25 on Wednesday, April 30.April 17, 2014
  • Gregorian chant gets a "Second Coming" with help from hip-hop
    We should expect musicians to continue combining genres and styles in increasingly inventive and fascinating ways, often blurring the lines between "high" and "low" art. The best examples will be the musicians who understand the musical puzzle pieces they combine to create something clever. Take this song that mixed rap with Gregorian chant, all in the name of selling shoes during the NBA playoffs several years back.April 16, 2014
  • Cellist Tony Ross staying at Minnesota Orchestra
    While the larger question of whether conductor Osmo Vanska will return as Minnesota Orchestra music director is still open, another question troubling Minnesota Orchestra fans has been resolved: Principal Cellist Tony Ross will remain with Minnesota.April 16, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: 'Goosebumpy to the Max'
    The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music -- played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD.April 16, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: There's No Business Like Show Business
    What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin.April 15, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Janet Tollund
    Janet Tollund is the co-owner of Accolades International Tours for the Arts. She's been all over the world. She delights in helping people plan the trip of a lifetime.April 15, 2014
  • Why do film and TV composers like to work in pairs?
    Collaborative composition is not typical in the classical repertoire, but in film and television it's becoming an increasingly popular way of working. In part, this is because an increasing number of film and TV composers are coming from a pop music background, familiar with collaborative music making and shared credit.April 15, 2014
  • School Spotlight: Litchfield High School Dragonaires
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. Because April is choral month at Classical MPR, this week's School Spotlight shines on Litchfield High School's Dragonaires chamber choir.April 15, 2014
  • A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman
    The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special from New York's WQXR, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel.April 14, 2014