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  • Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 3
    Next Level is an attempt to bring new video game and classical music worlds to people who don't even know they exist. This week, Respighi goes dragon hunting and Dead Space 2 meets its Polish composer-soul mate.October 10, 2014
  • Anna Netrebko Sings Lady Macbeth
    Anna Netrebko takes on the role of Lady Macbeth at the Met, and it's being broadcast live in HD at three area theatres.October 10, 2014
  • Theater Latte Da's Master Class: Eight things to expect
    Theater Latte Da is presenting Terrence McNally's Master Class at MacPhail Center for the Arts' Antonello Hall. If you're considering attending this play about the later years of legendary soprano Maria Callas, here are eight things to expect.October 10, 2014
  • Class Notes: Rests: Sometimes Music is Silence
    Ulysses the unicyclist helps us examine the idea of rests in the Class Notes video "Rests: Sometimes Music is Silence."October 10, 2014
  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Moriah Huerta
    Singer Moriah Huerta of Burnsville, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Featured Artist. She recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with her latest news.October 10, 2014
  • Moveable Feast: Fall Drives
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss the food and drink hot spots along the St. Croix River.October 10, 2014
  • Regional Spotlight: Mozart and Vanska
    With Osmo Vanska scheduled to play the clarinet during the Strauss festival with the Minnesota Orchestra, today's Regional Spotlight features the maestro (playing clarinet) with colleagues in a Mozart classic.October 9, 2014
  • Listen: Music from the 2014-15 Class Notes Artists
    Listen here to the 2014-15 Class Notes Artists CD: Bach, Birds, and Blues, plus bonus tracks.October 9, 2014
  • Top Score: A composer known as 'Disasterpeace'
    Back in 2012, video game media outlets were ablaze with news about FEZ. This press helped launch the career of the game's composer, a then-relatively unknown Rich 'Disasterpeace' Vreeland.October 9, 2014
  • Meet Class Notes Artist: Mill City String Quartet
    The Mill City String Quartet completed a tour of elementary schools in southern Minnesota as 2014-15 Class Notes Artists. They performed for approximately 2,700 students across eight different schools.October 8, 2014
  • Take Alison Young's Flute Quiz
    How much about the flute do you know? Test your knowledge with this quiz written by Classical MPR's resident flutist, host Alison Young.October 8, 2014
  • OPINION: Five reasons I hate playing wedding gigs
    As a cellist who's currently a poor college student, I take pretty much any gig I can. Weddings, though, are special. Each one presents different annoyances and challenges for musicians to sort out, from transporting a whole string quartet in a Ford Focus to dealing with procrastinating couples. Here are my top five frustrations with playing weddings.October 8, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: Bach and Bell
    At home, Joshua Bell plays the violin music of Bach practically every day. But he hasn't recorded a full Bach album, until now.October 8, 2014
  • Help name Tesfa's 'choral car'
    Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu recently bought himself a new car so he can drive all over spreading the joy of choral music. Now he just needs a perfect name for his new ride. What ideas do you have?October 7, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: The Swashbuckler
    Swordfights, rope-swinging and adventurous heroes characterize the 'swashbuckler' genre. Naturally, the scores under these films reflect the onscreen feats of derring-do.October 7, 2014