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Classical Music Features

  • Hoops and Hearts: an essay by Bill Morelock
    As the rituals of December take hold, Classical MPR's Bill Morelock reflects on one such seasonal rite. His thoughts revert to early '70s basketball in the Bay Area, and how a scrimmage with a team from Oakland became a touchstone, then and now.December 8, 2014
  • Holiday Performances on Learning to Listen
    This month, you have numerous opportunities to hear some of Minnesota's best musicians in special holiday performances. On this week's Learning to Listen, find out more about these ensembles.December 8, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Sir James Galway
    This week, flutist Sir James Galway turns 75. We'll celebrate "the man with the golden flute" with five Morning Glories, drawn from the bumper harvest of recordings he's made over his long and stellar career.December 8, 2014
  • Slideshow: Met Opera's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"
    "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" airs Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., on Classical MPR. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard stars as the feisty Rosina; tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the lovestruck Count Almaviva; and baritone Christopher Maltman makes his first Met appearance in the title role of the resourceful barber Figaro.December 6, 2014
  • Stephen Paulus nominated for Grammy Award
    Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, who died this year at the age of 65, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Classical Composition.December 5, 2014
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival leaves lasting impressions
    For Sarah Stevens, who graduates in 2015, and for Martha Kunau, who graduated in the 1990s, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a tradition and experience that leaves a lasting impression -- whether or not one ever attended the college.December 5, 2014
  • Alzheimer's patients connect with others through singing
    Giving Voice Chorus gives Alzheimer's patients and their caretakers a chance to thrive. Those suffering from Alzheimer's often retain the ability to sing. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer and Phil Picardi provide this story on the Giving Voice Chorus.December 5, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Brianna Drevlow
    Pianist Brianna Drevlow of Thief River Falls, Minn. was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Featured Artist. She recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with her latest news.December 5, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Best New Restaurants
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss three brand new restaurants which rose to the top of the pack this year.December 5, 2014
  • Christmas carols: The good, bad and ugly
    Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence joined MPR News' The Daily Circuit for the annual exploration of Christmas carols that some folks might like to forget.December 4, 2014
  • How Schubert's cello quintet is like a classroom discussion
    Franz Schubert was a teacher. In his journals he noted the drudgery of teaching and his indifference towards his students - but the opening movement of Schubert's String Quintet in C Major D. 956, commonly known as the Cello Quintet, seems to mirror my own classroom and reminds me of rich discussion.December 4, 2014
  • Top Score: the work of composing duo known as The Flight
    Composers Joe Henson and Alexis Smith form a composing duo called The Flight. They've been working together on music for more than 20 years, including video games. Henson and Smith speak to Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score.December 4, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Home-grown Holiday Cheer
    The season is bright with some home-grown holiday music. Three local ensemble sing their hearts out with new arrangements and works for the season. Hear them on this week's Regional Spotlight.December 4, 2014
  • Meet new Classical MPR overnight host, Andrea Blain
    In the past few weeks, you may have heard a new voice on Music Through the Night: the lovely, lilting soprano of new Classical MPR host, Andrea Blain. This Minnesota-born host returns to the Twin Cities after more than 30 years in Northern Ireland. Andrea sat down with Alison Young to share some thoughts about music and more.December 3, 2014
  • Merry TubaChristmas
    TubaChristmas isn't merely a local phenomenon. It's a worldwide (sorta) organization with a (sorta) website headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. If you or a loved one plays tuba, you've undoubtedly encountered (and quite possibly enjoyed) this celebration of bass.December 3, 2014