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Classical Music Features

  • Regional Spotlight: Accordo
    There's champagne for the ear in this week's Regional Spotlight. Accordo performs a jaunty trio for strings by Jean Francaix.August 14, 2014
  • Top Score: Cris Velasco Scores the Western Front
    Composer Cris Velasco recently finished music for 'Company of Heroes 3: Western Front Armies'. It marks the third time he's scored a World War II-themed game. This project focuses on the Western Front and the Battle of the Bulge. It's on this week's Top Score.August 14, 2014
  • Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery
    Inspiration can come from unlikely places. For composer Robert Kyr, the silence of a desert monastery is key to the radiant music on his new disc of recent choral works performed by the vocal ensemble Conspirare and its director Craig Hella Johnson.August 13, 2014
  • Voces8: Helping the next generation
    Education has been at the heart of Voces8 since its inception. The group members see it as their responsibility to help the next generation have success in music and in school. Listen to audio and watch videos that demonstrate this commitment.August 13, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Moments of Reflection
    "Eventide," by the British choir Voces8, offers music for the end of the day -- hushed, meditative, ethereal. It's on this week's New Classical Tracks.August 13, 2014
  • 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