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Classical Music Features

  • Learning to Listen: Birds in Music and Minnesota
    Professional birder Sharon Stiteler joins Learning to Listen to talk about birds in Minnesota, paired with music inspired by birds.June 16, 2014
  • Morning Glories: The Sounds of Spain
    As the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony is on its 10-day tour through Andalusia, this week's Morning Glories celebrate the sounds of Spain.June 16, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: Musicals Aplenty
    This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel begins with some 'trouble' in River City, then continues with music from 'The King and I', 'West Side Story' and a tribute to Fred Astaire.June 14, 2014
  • Of Sea Bird and Surrealism: An Essay by Bill Morelock
    Erik Satie set the table for the French heavy hitters who came after him.June 13, 2014
  • Music lovers share their passion by creating custom books
    Think back to the last time you made a book. Were you a kid, using construction paper for the cover and yarn to hold it all together? Or have you noticed how increasingly easy and affordable it is, thanks to improvements in print-on-demand technology, to make your own books that look just like "real" books at the bookstore?June 13, 2014
  • Minnesota Orchestra announces first full season since lockout
    The Minnesota Orchestra today released a jam-packed 2014-15 season, its first full season since ending a contentious labor-management struggle. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story.June 13, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Grilling with Dad
    Father's Day is Sunday, so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about tasty foods to barbecue and fun ways to grill with Dad.June 13, 2014
  • Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony to embark on tour of Spain
    Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, 78 students will perform by invitation as part of the prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada on June 21 and at two other performances in Spain.June 12, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Concordia College Band and 2014 High School Honors Band
    Young music students from throughout the region participated in the 2014 High School Honor Band this past April. Highlights from that concert are in this week's Regional Spotlight.June 12, 2014
  • Courtney Lewis on his new gigs - and what he'll miss about Minnesota
    On June 12 and 14, Courtney Lewis will conduct his final subscription concerts as associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. In the fall, he will join the New York Philharmonic as assistant conductor, and he was recently appointed music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Recently I had the chance to ask him about education, conducting, and leaving Minnesota for New York.June 12, 2014
  • The King's Singers announce new tenor
    Benedict Hymas will be joining The King's Singers from September 2014, taking over from Paul Phoenix who has been with the group for almost 17 years.June 12, 2014
  • Jason Graves and Murdered: Soul Suspect on Top Score
    What does it sound like to be a ghost? Composer Jason Graves answers that question in his music for the new game, "Murdered: Soul Suspect".June 12, 2014
  • Skylark Opera opens new season with 'Candide'
    The Leonard Bernstein classic opens a new season of Skylark Opera in St. Paul this weekend. Members of Skylark Opera's 'Candide' cast visited Classical MPR to chat with John Birge and to sing a song of youthful enlightenment - and prenuptial disagreement.June 11, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: An 'Affair' to Remember
    Piano duo Anderson & Roe are really committed to their mission to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. Their new recoring, 'An Amadeus Affair,' celebrates their love of Mozart. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.June 11, 2014
  • Flicks in Five - The Music Man: from Mason to River City
    Meredith Willson has written some great standard tunes in the popular repertoire, but it's the story of the con man turned good-guy by an Iowa librarian that became a classic when "The Music Man" premiered.June 10, 2014