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  • Stephen PaulusRemembering 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
  • Steinway & Sons pianoPlaying 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
  • Vienna Boys ChoirPassion and Precision: See the Vienna Boys Choir Nov. 6
    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. Plus, you can enter to win a copy of the CD.October 22, 2014
  • Vote for your Creepy Classics favorites
    We're creating the perfect soundtrack for Halloween and trick-or-treating, with your help. Visit our online ballot to vote for your favorite Creepy Classics as we build our playlist for Friday, Oct. 31.October 21, 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
  • In Memoriam: Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus
    Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares his personal reflection on the life and work of Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus (Aug. 24, 1949 - Oct. 19, 2014).October 20, 2014