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  • Centenarian Soprano Licia Albanese Dies
    Italian-American lyric soprano Licia Albanese, known for her deeply felt character portrayals, died Friday at her home in New York, her son, Joseph Gimma, told NPR Music Saturday. She was 105 years old.August 16, 2014
  • I remember James Garner (part 2)
    In part 2 of Lynne Warfel's reflections on the actor James Garner, she describes a personality that is anything but "Hollywood." It's all ahead of Lynne's special edition of Saturday Cinema, when she features music from the films and TV shows of the late actor.August 16, 2014
  • I remember James Garner (part 1)
    Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel was a friend and colleague of the late actor James Garner. In the run-up to Saturday's episode, which will feature music from Garner's films and TV shows, Lynne shares these personal stories of working with the man she knew as Jim.August 15, 2014
  • Drums of 'Inuksuit' will create outdoor sonic sculpture
    Alaskan composer John Luther Adams created "Inuksuit" in 2009. Since then, it has become a popular performance piece around the world. New-music ensemble Zeitgeist will premiere this unusual percussion piece, written for between nine and 99 musicians, this weekend at the Caponi Art Park in Eagan, Minn.August 15, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Hennepin Theatre District
    With the Broadway season returning to the Hennepin Theatre District in Minneapolis, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about where to go for that pre-show meal.August 15, 2014
  • Tell us your thoughts about classical music programming
    We're turning the microphone to you: Tell us how you use classical music programming, both on-air and online, to help us continue to provide you with the musical selections and stories you enjoy.August 14, 2014
  • 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