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  • Northern Voice Festival: New choral celebration to debut in 2015
    A new vocal festival funded by a $75,000 Minnesota State Arts Board grant aims at raising the visibility for the many vocal ensembles, barbershop quartets, jazz singers, gospel choirs, folk duos, and other groups of people who come together in song around Minnesota.November 26, 2014
  • Ten things you need to know about wild Up
    Wild Up make music; some is new and some is old. They bend the rules a bit and are a testament to the enduring power of classical ensembles in the 21st century.November 26, 2014
  • Top Score: Inon Zur and 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'
    Inon Zur remembers his very first viewing of Disney's Fantasia as a small child. Now he's come full-circle, working on the soundtrack to Disney's new video game, 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'.November 26, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Ryan Walsh, 'Classical's Cool'
    As a lot of people are traveling for Thanksgiving, Julie Amacher shares the music of a guitarist she discovered while waiting in the airport in Portland, Ore. It's fitting that guitarist Ryan Walsh was playing in an airport; his music incorporates styles he learned during his extensive travels.November 26, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: Miracle on 34th Street
    The first movie to be shot on location at the Macy's Day Parade in New York City, 'Miracle on 34th Street' was also the first major vehicle for then-child star Natalie Wood.November 25, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: William Craft
    William Craft is the President of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He's sung in choirs all his life and brings an English professor's love of words to an all-choral playlist.November 25, 2014
  • Kids and classical music: It's as simple as having fun
    There's no trick to raising a child with an appreciation for classical music. You don't need Baby Einstein or Baby Mozart or some other gimmick that promises to enhance your child's neurological development through Beethoven.November 25, 2014
  • Pass the poetry and the pumpkin pie
    Giving Thanks, the annual Thanksgiving special hosted by Classical MPR's John Birge, is a poets' corner of sorts this year, featuring work by Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou and Dylan Thomas, among others. "A lot of things came together that I wasn't even necessarily planning," Birge says.November 25, 2014
  • Class Notes: The Strings Family
    In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Strings Family," we are introduced to an eccentric, outdated computer named Tommis, who provides an overview of the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and the harp.November 25, 2014
  • School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding school and student music ensembles. This week's spotlight is on the Symphony Orchestra of Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.November 25, 2014
  • How Babe the Sheep-Pig introduced me to Saint-Saens
    Music sneaks up on us occasionally. I love it when it does. I'm astonished when I meet someone who doesn't really pay much attention to the music around him.November 24, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Earlye American Musick
    What happens to music when you put 102 people on a boat and send them to establish a colony in a new world? We'll explore that in this week's Learning to Listen, a special for Thanksgiving.November 24, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Dvorak's visit to America's heartland
    During Thanksgiving week, as Americans celebrate the harvest, we'll hear four of the "American" pieces that have their roots in Antonin Dvořák's historic visit to America and its heartland.November 24, 2014
  • Leader of the Minnesota Opera resigns
    Kevin Ramach says he is stepping down to do creative work. Nina Archabal, most recently the director of the Minnesota Historical Society, will become interim director.November 21, 2014
  • New documentary spotlights Sharon Isbin's life and work
    Produced by Susan Dangel, the new film 'Sharon Isbin: Troubadour' offers an unprecedented look into the life of the award-winning, Minneapolis-born classical guitarist. "I'm very open about my life in a way that I've never been before in public," Isbin says.November 21, 2014