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  • Met Opera's Union Lockout Postponed; Financial Analysis To Come
    Labor negotiations for New York's Metropolitan Opera took a surprising turn Saturday evening. Twelve of the opera's 16 unions faced the threat of a lockout at midnight Sunday, but negotiations were put on hold for a week while an outside analyst takes a look at the Met's finances. NPR's Sam Sanders has more.August 5, 2014
  • Classical MPR announces its State Fair music line-up
    The Minnesota State Fair is filled with the sounds of music. and Classical MPR has announced its line-up of State Fair performances. Plus, you can sign up for our free newsletter to receive daily music schedules, picks and recent highlights.August 4, 2014
  • Learning to Listen to Baroque Music
    Music from the Baroque is hands down my favorite era — there are so many delights and surprises, and we'll get to hear many of those. Today, you'll discover what music often sounded like in the Baroque era, and you'll hear many 'dead giveaways' in the concepts of Baroque music.August 4, 2014
  • Morning Glories: August begins with Amadeus
    A is for August and for Amadeus. During this first full week of August, we'll hear some of Mozart's masterworks.August 4, 2014
  • Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama
    There's a complicated drama playing out offstage at New York's Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money. The deadline to solve the squabble before a lockout, midnight Thursday, was met with little resolution but a 72-hour extension. NPR's Tom Huizenga has the story.August 1, 2014
  • Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended
    With just an hour to spare before general manager Peter Gelb's vow of a 12:01 a.m. Friday deadline that would trigger a lockout, New York's Metropolitan Opera announced it had agreed to a federal mediator's request to extend the talks by 72 hours.August 1, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Fringe Fest Eats
    The Minnesota Fringe Festival opened yesterday with hundreds of performances. Where can one go for a quick bite or a refreshing drink? That's what John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about this week.August 1, 2014
  • Meet the arts entrepreneurs who started the Lakes Area Music Festival
    Meet the arts entrepreneurs who almost by accident founded the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn. Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward talk to Classical MPR's Steve Staruch.July 31, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Miro Quartet
    From the White Pine Music Festival in 2008, the Miro Quartet fan the flames of the f-minor string quartet by Felix Mendelssohn.July 31, 2014
  • Driving through North Dakota: Water music for a landscape of fire
    I live where the land is on fire. Western North Dakota, the area of the country experiencing the Bakken oil boom, is marked by flares and pump jacks, oil rigs and semis, rapid development and expansion.July 31, 2014
  • On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious
    Contract deadlines for 15 of the 16 unions at the Met in New York are set to expire at midnight tonight, and negotiations will likely go down to the wire. A lockout shutting down the world's largest opera house seems imminent. NPR's Jeff Lunden has the story.July 31, 2014
  • 31 Days of Classical, Day 31: Ubiquity denies its genius
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.July 31, 2014
  • Pints, Plaques and Proms: My musical adventures in London
    Classical MPR's music director Rex Levang recounts his experiences going to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as some of his other musical finds in and around London.July 30, 2014
  • The many charms of the cello
    How many ways can you play a cello? Alison Young talks to cellists Mark Summer and Anna Clift about this flexible instrument, as well as with vocalist Tierney Sutton, who collaborates with Summer and will perform with him at the Dakota on Thursday.July 30, 2014
  • Musical theater at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival: Ten shows not to miss
    Among the 169 shows being featured in this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival are dozens of musicals. Here are ten to put at the top of your list.July 30, 2014