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  • Learning to Listen: Spooky Sounds
    Instruments create some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. But with Halloween approaching, this week's Learning to Listen focuses on some of the stranger, spookier sounds in music.October 27, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Fantasia in 2014
    This week on Morning Glories, we'll pay tribute to the Fantasia series, which at 70-plus years, is a multi-media phenomenon that's still going strong.October 27, 2014
  • Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 5
    On this week's installment, we've got two men obsessed with power, and music that tips your expectations upside-down.October 24, 2014
  • Abraham: Deo Cantamus to premiere new oratorio by Josh Bauder
    "It's got all this drama you could want in a story," says the composer, "and of course there's a fantastic resolution at the end."October 24, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Caroline Donaldson
    Harpist Caroline Donaldson of Eden Prairie was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Featured Artist. She recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share her experiences of the past year.October 24, 2014
  • Creative collaborators: Dessa and Philip Brunelle
    Philip Brunelle of VocalEssence and Dessa of the hip hop collective Doomtree join John Birge in the studio to talk about their collaboration and about the 'Made in Minnesota' concert on Sunday, Oct. 26.October 24, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Grilled Beast
    Grilling season is coming to a close, so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton check out two places where you can get a good steak.October 24, 2014
  • VocalEssence special: The Myriad Voices of Philip Brunelle
    On Thursday, Oct. 23, we aired our latest Archive on the Radio special, with exclusive performances from Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence. The program includes pieces by Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen, to name a few.October 23, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Lukas Vondracek
    Sensuous and deep, pianist Lukas Vondracek's Frederic Chopin Society recital from earlier this month will stop you in your tracks.October 23, 2014
  • Studio visit with Minnesota Concert Opera
    Several members of the Minnesota Concert Opera visited Classical MPR's Alison Young in studio for performances and conversation.October 23, 2014
  • Top Score: Composer Andrew Aversa
    Hard-working composer Andrew Aversa shares his various experiences writing music for video games, and he also invites aspiring composers to get in touch with him for feedback and advice. Listen to the interview with this busy -- and very nice -- composer.October 23, 2014
  • Making music, making a career: Why 'follow your passion' can be hard advice to follow
    One piece of advice that is often touted as both concise and comprehensive is "follow your passion." While I'm not naive enough to think that any three-word phrase could provide all the answers to as complex a matter as finding personally meaningful work, something about "follow your passion" troubles me.October 23, 2014
  • Remembering Stephen Paulus
    Stephen Paulus passed away October 19, 2014 due to complications from a stroke (which occurred in June of 2013). As we celebrate his life and legacy, we've combed through our archives to provide the most comprehensive listening experiences for those who wish to remember this esteemed composer.October 22, 2014
  • Playing backup: The joys of being an accompanist
    Being an accompanist means you're not the main event; however, if a composer included a piano part as accompaniment, then the work needed both the soloist and piano. Some composers gave the pianist little to do; others, like Beethoven, made the pianist an equal partner in the music.October 22, 2014
  • Announcing Classical MPR's 2014-15 Choral Series
    The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir has thrilled audiences of all ages for more than 500 years; now, it bring its singular sound to the Basilica of Saint Mary.October 22, 2014