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Classical Music Features

  • Meet Class Notes Artist: Minnesota Percussion Trio
    The Minnesota Percussion Trio is visiting schools across the Twin Cities as a 2014-15 Class Notes Artist.November 12, 2014
  • Crying in the Concert Hall: an essay by Edward Kelsey Moore
    Have you ever heard a piece of music and felt like it was written just for you? Cellist and best-selling author Edward Kelsey Moore shares three stories that illustrate music's power to articulate feelings we can't express in words.November 12, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Thanksgiving Memories
    The new album from the choral ensemble Cantus, 'A Harvest Home', reflects the many experiences and moods of the Thanksgiving holiday. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the disc.November 12, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg'
    Throughout the decades, certain songs or pieces of music from films find their way into the broader consciousness, often becoming radio hits. One such song, titled in English "I Will Wait for You", comes from a 1964 French film.November 11, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Inna Skogerboe
    Young sound designer Inna Skogerboe is this week's guest. She promises to include a few sound-design components in the show.November 11, 2014
  • First Listen: William Perry's 'Hearts of the World'
    On Nov. 11, as many nations mark the 100th anniversary of World War I and take time to remember those who died in that and other wars, Classical MPR brings you a first listen to a new piece by composer William Perry, based on a film about World War I.November 11, 2014
  • School Spotlight: St. Croix Lutheran Croixaliers
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding school and student music ensembles. This week's spotlight is on the Croixaliers choir from St. Croix Lutheran high school in West Saint Paul.November 11, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Dvorak's 'From the New World'
    A New York patron of the arts brought a Bohemian composer to America to teach students an American classical style. She chose Antonin Dvorak, who developed a style influenced by American folk music, American Indian music and African American spirituals. Hear the story and music on this week's Learning to Listen.November 10, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Composer Birthdays
    This week on Morning Glories, we're throwing a communal birthday party for some noted composers born this week.November 10, 2014
  • Slideshow: Vienna Boys Choir at the Basilica of St. Mary
    The Vienna Boys Choir came to Minneapolis, Minn. for a live broadcast concert in one of the most beautiful buildings in the Twin Cities.November 7, 2014
  • The new sound of space: 21st century film composers go beyond Holst and Strauss
    In the 20th century, the sound of outer space was defined by Gustav Holst, Richard Strauss, and John Williams. In the 21st century, composers and sound designers are redefining the sound of space in a way that's mindful of the fact that there IS no sound in space.November 7, 2014
  • How cellist Peter Wiley does it all
    Peter Wiley makes gorgeous music. He's a cellist who has done it all in his career and he's in town to perform with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. He stopped in to speak with Alison Young.November 7, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Best of 2014
    It's time for the annual Best of the Twin Cities issue of Minnesota Monthly. John Birge and Rachel Hutton discuss some of the winners of the culinary division.November 7, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: DSSO performs Britten
    Performing on the shores of Lake Superior, it only seems natural that the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra would include the "Four Sea Interludes" from the Benjamin Britten opera, Peter Grimes, in a recent concert.November 6, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Sarrah Bushara
    Oboist Sarrah Bushara of Eden Prairie was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Showcase Artist. She recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share her experiences of the past year.November 6, 2014