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Classical Music Features

  • Flicks in Five: James Garner
    This week, Lynne Warfel pays tribute to James Garner, an actor she knew back in Los Angeles. Garner, Warfel says, was one of Hollywood's truly nice guys.August 12, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Stanley Woolner
    Stanley Woolner is both a medical doctor and a creative artist. He balances both of his vocations with the greatest ease.August 12, 2014
  • Read These While They're Still Free
    Last month, The New Yorker announced all of its most recent pieces, plus the full archives back to 2007 and some even older selections, are free for the rest of the summer. So we took this opportunity to dig up some delicious classical music-minded pieces from the magazine's archives.August 12, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: the sound of the Classical Era
    The music is refined yet accessible. The melody is clear, typically played by the violin. The music is constructed with clean, coherent phrases - components of clarity, like sentences in a paragraph.August 11, 2014
  • What classical music reminds you of the State Fair?
    The Minnesota State Fair is filled with music, including classical and choral tunes. Classical MPR's hosts share their picks -- how about you?August 11, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Serenades in the A.M.
    Strictly speaking, a piece called a "serenade" is meant for the evening -- but this week, we'll bring you five serenades during Morning Glories.August 11, 2014
  • Composer Mohammed Fairouz blends Hebrew and Arabic in "Poems and Prayers"
    Just 28 years old, Mohammed Fairouz is an acclaimed and widely-performed composer. Having been raised as a world traveller, Fairouz - in the words of his official biography - "integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect."August 8, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Eating in Minneapolis Parks
    The menu options in Minneapolis Parks have increased greatly in recent years, a fact not lost on John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton, who cover this topic on this week's Moveable Feast.August 8, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Normandale Choir
    The choir from Normandale Lutheran Church in Edina, Minn., just got back from a tour of Ireland. Highlights from that choir tour are in this week's Regional Spotlight.August 7, 2014
  • From Pachelbel to Pharrell: Playing strings while couples tie the knot
    Performing at weddings brings both joy and challenges to the Lake Minnetonka String Quartet.August 7, 2014
  • Going behind the scenes with Alison Young
    Yesterday afternoon, Alison Young welcomed a tour group into the broadcast studio at Classical MPR to show them how radio is made. Hear what they had to say, and learn how you can have a tour, too.August 7, 2014
  • Composing for Video Games Summer Camp
    Summer camp. The words bring back memories of warm days, making friends ... and alien invasions? That's the case for students of Minneapolis's Composing For Video Games camp. Find out more about the campers' boundless creativity and hear some of their work on Classical MPR's Top Score.August 7, 2014
  • Get a preview of Classical MPR's State Fair artists
    Classical MPR's Mike Pengra joins Steve Staruch in the studio to talk a bit more about the artists who are performing at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair, and to play some samples of their music.August 6, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Not Your Typical Piano Duet
    With balletic movement and adventurous sonic exploration, the two pianists of ZOFO are a twenty-finger orchestra.August 6, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: The Pink Panther
    One of Lynne Warfel's favorite comedies of all time came about thanks to the collaboration of director Blake Edwards, actor Peter Sellers and composer Henry Mancini.August 5, 2014