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    Julian Rachlin, violin
    Nobuko Imai, viola
    Mischa Maisky, cello
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    Yondani Butt
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  • 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the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Strings Family," we are introduced to an eccentric, outdated computer named Tommis, who provides an overview of the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and the harp.November 25, 2014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
  • A new dad's soundtrack: Edvard Grieg, Lou Reed, burps and giggles
    When you become a parent, your soundtrack changes. The literal, everyday soundtrack changes, filled with more wailing, burping, giggling, babbling and farting than you ever thought possible. It changes the way you go about your work. More than that, though, your relationship with music as an adult shifts in the grand reorganization that is your life.

November 21, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Marisa Lin
    Pianist Marisa Lin of Rochester, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Featured Artist. She recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with her latest news.November 21, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Turkey Feast
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss more sustainable, humane alternatives for purchasing a Thanksgiving turkey.November 21, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: The Minnesota Sinfonia
    The Minnesota Sinfonia, led by Jay Fishman, performs the Rossini Cinderella Overture. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight.November 20, 2014
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja wants to push SPCO's musical envelope
    Acclaimed Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is known for looking for something new in compositions. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr spoke with Kopatchinskaja as she prepares to make her debut this weekend as an artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.November 20, 2014
  • My kids' first classical concert, starring the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and a talking leopard
    As the musicians came onto stage, I got to experience my kids' joy as they said, "Dad, there's a cello!" or, "Dad, I see a trombone!"November 20, 2014
  • Top Score: Garry Schyman pushes boundaries
    Composer Garry Schyman always seems to be pushing the bounds of video game music. With help from the Seattle Symphony and the amazing acoustics of the Bastyr chapel, Schyman takes some creative liberties with his 'Shadow of Mordor' game soundtrack.November 20, 2014
  • Fiddler Aria Stiles: From Apple Valley to Nashville, via Minnesota Varsity
    Apple Valley native Aria Stiles, a violinist, has traveled far and fast in the music world: at 20, she's a regular member of Pam Tillis's touring band as well as a full-time student at Nashville's Belmont University. As if that wasn't enough evidence that she's been embraced by the capital of country music, she's also the current Miss Music City, in line to compete for the title of Miss Tennessee. Before she hit the big time, though, Stiles participated in Minnesota Varsity.November 19, 2014