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  • Tension and release: The strange magic of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
    Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, which he titled Quasi una Fantasia (Almost a Fantasy), is filled with discord - which is exactly what makes it so effective as a piece of music that can help you relax.September 5, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Lowertown Eats
    The Concrete and Grass Festival returns to Lowertown in St. Paul this weekend, inspiring John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton to discuss a theater-cum-restaurant in the area.September 5, 2014
  • Pianist Barry Douglas on the transformative power of education
    Barry Douglas, whose album is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks, had a chance to talk to Julie Amacher about the role of education in his life and work.September 4, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Westminster Choir College
    The Westminster Choir College from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., performed a new work by Daniel Elder while touring through Wayzata, Minn., last year. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight.September 4, 2014
  • Four courses of classical: Music to dine by
    Though cooking can be fun and creative, things can often get stressful when preparing a meal for others. Depending on your composers (and dishes) of choice, turning on classical music can help both relax and entertain you and your dinner guests.September 4, 2014
  • Inon Zur and Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved on Top Score
    Nearly 75 years after the film debuted, Disney is bringing 'Fantasia' back in a new game called 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'. Composer Inon Zur wrote original music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of many classical favorites.September 4, 2014
  • Therapeutic music: Edith Moore-Hubert on the healing properties of classical music
    With a master's degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, Edith Moore-Hubert has performed in academic, liturgical, medical, and concert settings for almost 30 years. In 2010, she released a solo CD, Music to Calm Your Soul. She describes her music as therapeutic, and I asked her to share some insight into the healing potential of classical music.September 3, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Getting to know Schubert
    Irish pianist Barry Douglas is a self-described latecomer to the music of Franz Schubert. That said, Douglas has just released the first in a series of recordings celebrating Schubert's solo piano works. For this first volume, Barry wanted to focus on Schubert at the height of his creative powers.September 3, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: Back to the Future
    This week's Flicks in Five features the film Back to the Future. Alan Silvestri composed the epic soundtrack to this film, and his music is just one of the many elements that makes this film a beloved and enduring classic.September 2, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Grant Johnson
    A young violinist and budding environmental scientist. Grant Johnson is a passionate lover of classical music.September 2, 2014
  • Announcing Classical MPR's season of Minnesota Orchestra broadcasts
    With the lockout behind it, the Minnesota Orchestra looks to open its 2014-15 season with a fresh and powerful step forward. Renee Fleming takes the spotlight in the season's first concert, which airs Friday at 8 p.m. View the complete list of Minnesota Orchestra concerts to air on Classical MPR, hosted by Brian NewhouseSeptember 2, 2014
  • American Band Music on Learning to Listen
    The State fair wraps up today, which for many of you means the unofficial end to summer. That also means Minnesota students who didn't start school last week will make their way back to the classroom tomorrow. But for those who are band geeks (as Emily Reese was), they can't wait for band practice to begin.September 1, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Bright College Years
    It's Back to School Month on Classical MPR, and on Morning Glories, we'll celebrate the bright college years with five composers who each penned a piece connected with university life.September 1, 2014
  • On the Classical MPR Stage: Saana Ensemble
    Making their MPR booth debut at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 1, are the members of Saana Ensemble -- five Finnish women who now live in Minnesota and entertain audiences with the music of their native land.August 31, 2014
  • Teaching appreciation and understanding for Native American music and culture with Lyz Jaakola
    As a composer, singer, instrumentalist, and leader, Lyz Jaakola is an extraordinary ambassador for Ojibwe-Anishinaabe music and culture. In this video, Jaakola takes us through various kinds of Ojibwe musical expression, and offering historical and traditional insights along the way.August 29, 2014