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Classical Music Features

  • Ari Pulkkinen and Angry Birds on Top Score
    Finnish composer Ari Pulkkinen was already an established composer in the gaming industry when he wrote the theme for Angry Birds.February 20, 2014
  • Interview: City-Wide Hymn Festival
    This Sunday, Feb. 23, the National Lutheran Choir will host City-Wide Hymn Festival: GATHER. Artistic director David Cherwiein and organist/cantor at Central Lutheran Mark Sedio join Alison Young to explain this event and to share some music.February 19, 2014
  • My brutally honest music-practice journal: An experiment in accountability
    Practicing an instrument requires focus. Right? Right. So how many times can you stand up to attend to unrelated matters during instrument practice and still have it count as "practice"?February 19, 2014
  • School Spotlight, MMEA edition: Men's Choir and Women's Choir
    This special week-long edition of School Spotlight highlights the 2013-2014 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State ensembles. In today's spotlight: Women's Choir under the direction of Sandra Peter, and Men's Choir under the direction of Lee Nelson.February 19, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: A Carnegie Hall Debut
    More than a century after its opening, the prestige of performing in Carnegie Hall continues to draw the world's greatest artists, including Daniil Trifonov, a 22-year-old Russian who made his Carnegie Hall debut one year ago. His performance was captured on this new recording.February 19, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: Meryl Streep, 'Out of Africa'
    Meryl Streep is widely considered to be the greatest living actress. She has garnered more Academy Award nominations than any other, although Katherine Hepburn has won more Oscars. Lynne Warfel looks at 'Out of Africa', for which Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.February 18, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Katie Sisneros
    Katie Sisneros is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about old English ballads. She'll make you passionate about them, too.February 18, 2014
  • The best 2013 film scores that Oscar missed
    2013's film scores surprised me. Typically there are a couple of big-budget productions that speak to the qualities one can and should expect from a film score, while the majority of the highest achievements are on the edges, where composers for indie films can take greater risks and break boundaries. However, last year, there were many great scores across the board; much of what I heard and valued came from the least likely places.February 18, 2014
  • School Spotlight, MMEA edition: Symphonic Band
    This special week-long edition of School Spotlight highlights the 2013-2014 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State ensembles. In today's spotlight, Symphonic Band conducted by James Spinazzola.February 18, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: William Grant Still
    Celeste Headlee stops by Learning to Listen to talk about her grandfather, William Grant Still.February 17, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Pianists at Carnegie
    In our Morning Glories this week, we'll hear from six well-practiced pianists, all performing at Carnegie Hall. One of them will also be performing on our Minnesota Orchestra broadcast this Friday, Feb. 21.February 17, 2014
  • School Spotlight, MMEA edition: Orchestra
    This special, week-long edition of School Spotlight highlights the 2013-2014 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State ensembles. In today's spotlight, the Orchestra conducted by Gary Lewis.February 17, 2014
  • Met Opera: Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow)
    Richard Strauss's 'Die Frau ohne Schatten', which the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts this weekend, is a fairy-tale opera telling a lofty story of love and self-sacrifice. View a slideshow of the production and read some insights from Classical MPR's Rex Levang.February 15, 2014
  • Interview: Lorelei Ensemble
    The Lorelei Ensemble from Boston is in residence this weekend at Macalester College in St Paul, Minn. Members of the group spoke with Steve Staruch.February 14, 2014
  • Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin and friends to play Dakota Jazz Club
    On Wednesday, February 19, three-time Grammy winner Sharon Isbin will be teaming up with jazz icon Stanley Jordan and one of Brazil's leading master guitarists, Romero Lumbaro, for an evening of unique Latin, Brazilian, and jazz music at the Dakota Jazz Club.February 14, 2014