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  • Skylark Opera opens new season with 'Candide'
    The Leonard Bernstein classic opens a new season of Skylark Opera in St. Paul this weekend. Members of Skylark Opera's 'Candide' cast visited Classical MPR to chat with John Birge and to sing a song of youthful enlightenment - and prenuptial disagreement.June 11, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: An 'Affair' to Remember
    Piano duo Anderson & Roe are really committed to their mission to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. Their new recoring, 'An Amadeus Affair,' celebrates their love of Mozart. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.June 11, 2014
  • Flicks in Five - The Music Man: from Mason to River City
    Meredith Willson has written some great standard tunes in the popular repertoire, but it's the story of the con man turned good-guy by an Iowa librarian that became a classic when "The Music Man" premiered.June 10, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Chris Gennaula
    Software engineer by day and successful composer by night, Chris Gennaula tells stories with wit and a smile.June 10, 2014
  • Regarding Broadway: Part Two - The Golden Years
    While 'Showboat' was a harbinger of things to come on the Broadway stage, the form of the musical was in flux until Rodgers collaborated with Hammerstein, and 'Oklahoma' rang in the 1940s.June 10, 2014
  • comPassion: Conspirare explores narratives of suffering
    Texas-based Conspirare, which St. Olaf Choir director Anton Armstrong has called "the finest professional choir in the United States today," is presenting a two-week comPassion Festival in Austin and other Texas cities this month. Conspirare's artistic director and conductor Craig Hella Johnson writes about the genesis of this unusual festival theme and the works being performed.June 10, 2014
  • Lyz Jaakola receives Sally Award in education
    Lyz Jaakola, one of Classical MPR's 2013-2014 Class Notes Artists, has received the Education Award for a her work in raising awareness and appreciation of Native music and culture throughout Minnesota.June 9, 2014
  • Tony Night Had Humor, Music And A Hopping Host
    Hugh Jackman hopping his way into the theater, Neil Patrick Harris licking the eyeglasses of Samuel L. Jackson. A little history, and a slew of genuinely heartfelt speeches. The Tonys are often the most entertaining awards show of the year, and this year, again, they didn't disappoint.June 9, 2014
  • Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration
    Richard Strauss was a hard man to pin down. As an artist, he was never tied to a single style. He embraced many musical forms during his lifetime. There was only one guiding principle: his belief that music is a holy art. Strauss soprano Deborah Voigt hosts this program, presented by WQXR.June 9, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Richard Strauss
    This week on Morning Glories, we note the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. His operas and tone poems achieved spectacular success during his lifetime, and today, they're performed, recorded, and discussed as widely as ever.June 9, 2014
  • The Tony Awards Will Be A Knockout - Literally
    The competition at the Tony Awards is fierce every year, but this time promises to be positively brutal: A fight will actually break out onstage.June 7, 2014
  • Saturday Cinema: More Movie Musicals
    Lynne Warfel continues the celebration of movie musicals, staring with 'Carousel' and then looking at the music from 'Fiddler on the Roof' and others. Also, a tribute to a superstar of many musicals, Judy Garland.June 7, 2014
  • Letter to my Dad on the anniversary of D-Day
    In 1984, I took a grad school student's holiday to London to stay the summer with a friend, trying to see all the West End plays I could from the cheap seats. Before returning home, I went to Normandy to see where my Dad, Norman "Bud" Warfel, served during WWII. It was then the 40th anniversary of D-Day.June 6, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Farmers Markets
    With summer now in bloom, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about farmers markets in the listening region, and they also share a tip about a destination farmers market.June 6, 2014
  • The Apollo Male Chorus swings!
    The Apollo Male Chorus knows how to swing! Joined by the George Maurer Group, the Apollo guys present "De-Lovely" this weekend. Steve Staruch welcomed both groups into the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio for a preview.June 5, 2014