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  • Ames Farm HoneyMoveable Feast: Last-Minute Foodie Stocking Stuffers
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton offer last minute ideas on what to buy for the people in your life who love food.December 19, 2014
  • Christmas ornamentsRegional Spotlight: Holiday Cheer
    This week's Regional Spotlight features concert performances from around Minnesota over these past few weeks. Noel!December 18, 2014
  • NJ ApostolTop Score: White Paper Games and NJ Apostol
    Indie game developers White Paper Games took on a seemingly impossible project for an untested, six-member team. They wanted to create a free-roaming, first-person puzzle game set in the surreal, disjointed mind of a woman with dementia. This project presented White Paper Games's composer, NJ Apostol, with a tremendous challenge -- and his score rose to the occasion.December 18, 2014
  • Class Notes: The Percussion Family
    In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Percussion Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.December 18, 2014
  • Composer Mikolai Stroinski offers a preview of his 'Ethan Carter' score
    Top Score had the opportunity for a written interview with composer Mikolai Stroinski. In this interview, he reveals a release date for his gorgeous score to "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter".December 17, 2014
  • I'll Have a Blue Christmas, Thank You Very Much: an essay by Edward Kelsey Moore
    In his latest essay for Classical MPR, cellist and novelist Edward Kelsey Moore describes how a first-grade recital inspired his love of sad holiday songs. "I continue to love sad Christmas songs," he writes. "Glum Christmas music doesn't depress me in the least." Moore shares his story as well as some of his favorite seasonal tunes.December 17, 2014
  • World Premiere: Abbie Betinis's Christmas Carol for 2014
    Composer Abbie Betinis continues a family tradition begun in 1922 by her great-grandfather by writing a new carol every year. For the 14th consecutive year, Betinis premieres this year's carol on Classical MPR. Her new carol is called 'Peace with Me Now'.December 17, 2014
  • New Classical Tracks: 'Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit'
    Judith Clurman and Essential Voices USA have released a new album that is a stunning collection of music that celebrates Jewish holidays and the cycle of life. "I made this recording because I love this repertoire," Clurman says. Hear about this recording, and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.December 17, 2014
  • Flicks in Five: 'Scrooge'
    In another holiday edition of Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel looks at the music and lyrics from the 1971 musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, 'A Christmas Carol'.December 16, 2014
  • Music with Minnesotans: Robert Ball
    Robert Ball has worked in Emergency Medical Services for more than 30 years. His eclectic playlist includes works by Bach AND Sousa. Ball is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans this week.December 16, 2014
  • Candles Burning Brightly®
    Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.December 16, 2014
  • Teacher Feature: Amy Giddings
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Amy Giddings, K-6 Music Specialist at North Shore Community School in Duluth, Minn.December 16, 2014
  • Five Minnesota music acts enlivening silent films
    In the silent film era, musicians stepped in to fill the void, playing live music to underscore movies being shown in theaters. In recent years, the idea of performing live music to accompany films has made a comeback.December 15, 2014
  • Learning to Listen: Alisa Weilerstein discusses the cello
    Cellist Alisa Weilerstein's third recording is a love letter to the cello, and its evolution as a solo instrument. Hear her talk about cello, and hear selections from her new recording on this week's Learning to Listen.December 15, 2014
  • Morning Glories: Birthday Beethoven
    This week brings us the birthday of the man who for many is the archetypal composer in the classical tradition, Ludwig van Beethoven (the evidence points to a December 16 birthday -- no one is absolutely sure). We'll note the anniversary with five Morning Glories, each in a different genre: sonata, symphony, string quartet, ballet, and choral.December 15, 2014