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  • 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
  • New Classical Tracks: Pushing the Boundaries
    Pianist Alessio Bax is fascinated by Beethoven's music. Even though Bax feels Beethoven's music can never be mastered, there's enough to explore and discover that Bax has released a new album of Beethoven music.October 22, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: North By Northwest
    From a crop-duster attack in a midwestern cornfield to the tip of George Washington's nose, Alfred Hitchcock packed a ton of suspense into this 1959 classic caper. On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel takes a look at Hitch's "North by Northwest."October 21, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Dominick Argento's SEASONS
    This week, we present a special episode of Music with Minnesotans. Composer Dominick Argento, with poet Pat Solstad and music director Dale Warland, join Steve Staruch to chat about Argento's newest work, Seasons, which was premiered at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival this past summer.October 21, 2014
  • The perfect sentence to describe a feeling: an essay by Edward Kelsey Moore
    A torturous, three-and-a-half-hour gig provided author Edward Kelsey Moore with a phrase that he still uses, a decade later, to express his relief upon reaching the end of a bumpy stretch in his life, musical or non-musical. Maybe it can work for you, too.October 21, 2014
  • Music Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Matthew Krage, Director of Choirs and Director of Theatre at Virginia High School in Virginia, Minn.October 21, 2014
  • Stephen Paulus wrote and shared glorious music
    The Minnesota composer made accessible music that explored new ideas. He wrote pieces that players could play, but also challenged them. Paulus died Sunday. MPR News' Dan Olson has more.October 20, 2014
  • Philip Brunelle reflects on the legacy of Stephen Paulus
    The Twin Cities classical composer produced an impressive volume of scores, operas and choral pieces. "He had a wonderful, beautiful sense of the style," recalls the artistic director of VocalEssence.October 20, 2014
  • Remembering Stephen Paulus
    Composer Stephen Paulus passed away Sunday at the age of 65. People from throughout the music world share their thoughts about Paulus. You are invited to share your own memories and reflections.October 20, 2014
  • Learning to Listen Memorial: Stephen Paulus and Leigh Kamman
    On today's Learning to Listen we remember the legacies of composer Stephen Paulus and radio host Leigh Kamman.October 20, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Cello Celebration
    This week, we'll bring you the first in a series of essays written exclusively for our website by best-selling author and cellist Edward Kelsey Moore. That's why on this week's Morning Glories, we feature five pieces celebrating the sonorous voice of the cello.October 20, 2014