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  • Can classical music be funny?
    Composers have given us musical humor to tickle our funny bones whether we're alone at home or in the concert hall. It's perfectly okay to laugh if something strikes you as funny!July 7, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Spirit of Soccer
    This week's Morning Glories are five pieces from around the globe that capture the raucous spirit of soccer, to celebrate the final days of the FIFA World Cup competition in Brazil.July 7, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 7: Copland on repeat
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. On Day 7, host Emily Reese is listening to Copland again and again. (And again.)July 7, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 6: Tugging at the heart strings with Brahms
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 6, we listen to two versions of Brahms' German Requiem.July 6, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 5: The happier side of Beethoven
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 5, we listen to the happier side of Beethoven.July 5, 2014
  • Michael Barone hosts a live-stream performance from Washington D.C.
    Pipedreams' Michael Barone hosts a live-streamed performance of American music at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C.July 4, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: A Chef's Picnic
    The Fourth of July is when summer really kicks into high gear, with outdoor eating in full effect! John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss some ideas for making fun picnic fare.July 4, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 4: Exquisite eruptions of beauty
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 4, we're listening to Ravel's stunning conclusion to the Mother Goose suite.July 4, 2014
  • Finding a lost treasure: Barber's Violin Sonata
    John Gilbert and Francesca Tortorello tell the story of finding the long-lost Barber Violin Sonata.July 3, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Ancia Saxophone Quartet
    The Ancia Saxophone Quartet performs an early work of Arvo Part in this week's Regional Spotlight.July 3, 2014
  • QUIZ: Test your John Philip Sousa knowledge
    Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend by taking this quiz about the music of the American March King, John Philip Sousa. Are you in step with Sousa?July 3, 2014
  • Top Score: 'The Orchestra' app
    A new iPad app from the Philharmonia Orchestra aims to demystify how an orchestra works.July 3, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 3: Two enchanting underdogs of the orchestra
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 3, we're listening to how the English Horn and Bassoon take center stage in Stravinsky's 'Pastorale.'July 3, 2014
  • Fourth of July 2014: Where to find fireworks in the Twin Cities
    As we provide the soundtrack to your Fourth of July weekend, we know that another important part of this weekend's soundtrack will be provided by rapidly heated metal salts detonating in the evening sky. (In other words, fireworks.)July 2, 2014
  • Polytonal pyrotechnics: July 4 with Charles Ives
    Growing up in the Nation's Capital, the Fourth of July was by far my favorite holiday. Every year I looked forward to the loud march music, dressing up to join our neighborhood parade, the belly-flop contest at our neighborhood swimming pool, and all of the summery food. And, of course, I loved the fireworks.July 2, 2014