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Classical Music Features

  • Mozart's 'Magic Flute': an animated plot summary
    Saturday, April 12 begins Minnesota Opera's two-week run of The Magic Flute at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A new video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera.April 9, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Renee Fleming's 'Guilty Pleasures'
    Renee Fleming is used to a lot pressure. The stakes are pretty high every time she takes the stage. On her latest recording, she releases some of that pressure by sharing a few 'Guilty Pleasures'.April 9, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Bruce Broquist
    Professional baker and professional choral singer Bruce Broquist is Steve Staruch's guest. His rich desserts are as much in demand as his rich baritone voice.April 8, 2014
  • Discovering Pentatonix: 2 new videos from the world's most popular choral group
    Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and Brian Newhouse talk about how they discovered Pentatonix -- and share two brand new videos from their studio performance.April 8, 2014
  • Which composers are most frequently performed?
    Have you ever wondered what composers and works are most frequently performed? Since 2000, the League of American Orchestras — publisher of Symphony Magazine — has collaborated with Fine Arts Software to keep tabs on what's being programmed in American symphonic concert halls.April 8, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Terry Brau
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Terry Brau, band director at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar, Minn.April 8, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Great Choruses
    In celebration of choral music month, hear great choruses from the stage and screen on this week's Learning to Listen.April 7, 2014
  • Minnesotan oboist Joe Peters soars with New World Symphony
    So, what's the best career advice you've ever received? Reach for the stars? Be courageous and daring? Don't try to do everything? Maybe, like oboist Joseph Peters, it wasn't advice you received so much as a warning.April 7, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Eric Whitacre
    Eric Whitacre is coming to Minnesota this week to conduct the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale in some of his most famous works. In the run-up to Friday's live broadcast, we'll check out five compositions by Whitacre in this week's Morning GloriesApril 7, 2014
  • The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir perform at The Cathedral of St. Paul
    The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is not only the finest choir from a nation of singers, but arguably the finest choir in the world. Hear the choir's amazing performance from The Cathedral of Saint Paul last November.April 4, 2014
  • Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'?
    Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones -- but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile.April 4, 2014
  • Michael Tang: 14-year-old pianist plays Grieg with aplomb
    In a small, yellow room at the back of a Schmitt Music store in a strip mall, Michael Tang sat down at a grand piano.April 4, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Twins Home Opener
    Monday, April 7, is the Minnesota Twins' home opener. That's why on today's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about places to eat in and around Target Field.April 4, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: The Dream Songs Project
    The Dream Songs Project performs several works from a concert in St. Paul, Minn., this past January.April 3, 2014
  • Interview: Sharleen Joynt on opera and "The Bachelor"
    Sharleen Joynt is a 29-year-old coloratura soprano. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Joynt has sung in operas by Mozart and Wolfgang Rihm and sung the role of Marie in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment. She's currently covering a role in Strauss's Arabella at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She's known to millions, though, for her appearance as a cast member on the most recent season of ABC's reality show The Bachelor.April 3, 2014