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Classical Music Features

  • Listen: Music from the 2013-14 Class Notes Artists
    The CD, 'A Musical History Tour,' was distributed to more than 22,500 elementary students across Minnesota who participated in the 2013-14 Class Notes Artist program. As an alternative to listening on a CD, we're presenting these tracks in a stream-able format.June 5, 2014
  • Why we should support new music - even if we don't like all of it
    If we want the works we love to endure, we'll have to continue performing them and pass such treasures on to future generations. But we must be equally committed to supporting working composers and champion the progress of form, harmony, rhythm, and other foundations of music.June 5, 2014
  • Jeff Broadbent and Dawngate on Top Score
    Composer Jeff Broadbent chose a colorful palette of instruments to reflect the vibrant world in which 'Dawngate' is set.June 5, 2014
  • Interview: Six Appeal
    Men's vocal ensemble Six Appeal have a cheeky name, but they also have the goods to back it up. Two members of the group, Michael Brookens and Andrew Berkowitz, stopped in to talk to Alison Young before performing this Thursday at Harmony in the Park.June 4, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: The 442s are far from ordinary
    Named for the standard orchestral tuning of 442 hertz, the new quartet known as the 442s make music that is anything but typical. Their new self-released CD is on this week's New Classical Tracks -- and you can enter to win a copy of it.June 4, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'Carousel'
    Rodgers and Hammerstein were inspired by a Hungarian play about a con artist carousel barker who falls in love with a sweet, innocent local girl. The idea became 'Carousel', a Broadway and cinematic hit.June 3, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Alberto Fierro
    As a kid in his native Mexico Alberto Fierro learned how to play LPs on the family hi-fi. So began a life-long love of classical music. Fierro is Steve Staruch's guest this week on Music with Minnesotans.June 3, 2014
  • Regarding Broadway: Part One - The Early Days
    Lynne Warfel takes a look back at the early days of Broadway, including the start of it all in 1904, up through the Great Depression.June 3, 2014
  • 'Vexations' till dawn: Northern Spark 2014 to feature nine solid hours of Satie
    For one night, all night, the sounds of French composer Erik Satie will take up residence at Northrop Auditorium.June 3, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Brett Smith
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Brett Smith, who teaches music at O.H. Anderson Elementary School in Mahtomedi, Minn.June 3, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Classical Wedding
    The month of June is one of the most popular months to get married. We celebrate some perennial-favorite wedding music selections on today's program.June 2, 2014
  • Morning Glories: June weddings
    This week on Morning Glories, we'll play five pieces related to weddings, as we begin the iconic month of June.June 2, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: June is Bustin' Out All Over
    As we stand at the cusp of the month of June, Lynne Warfel celebrates movie musicals. Plus, a tribute to the late Bob Hoskins. It's all on this week's Saturday Cinema.May 31, 2014
  • Interview: Paul Schoenfield
    The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota concludes its season this coming weekend with a performance of Paul Schoenfield's "Sparks of Glory." Steve Staruch spoke with Shoenfield about the piece as it is about to receive its regional premiere.May 30, 2014
  • Wave of sound: The revelation of live music
    Since she was a child, classical music has opened writer Cinda Yager's imagination for play. The music also opens her heart to all kinds of emotion. A live concert, Yager writes, brings all of this out with an immediacy, a humanity, not found anywhere else.May 30, 2014