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  • MozartMorning Glories: Big-Name Birthdays
    It's a week of big-name birthdays in the musical world. On Morning Glories, we'll have a weeklong party for some of these musical notables of past and present.January 26, 2015
  • Leigh KammanFeeling the vibe: Leigh Kamman kept jazz alive
    Twin Cities musicians gather Sunday to celebrate the late broadcaster Leigh Kamman. They'll honor a consummate professional who interviewed jazz greats -- and inspired local artists to keep jazz alive.January 25, 2015
  • boheme_1Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'?
    Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones -- but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile.January 23, 2015
  • What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'
    The new Amazon series is a comedy, not a reality show -- in any way, shape or form. But classical music fans may chuckle knowingly at the trials and tribulations of a young oboist in New York. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Anastasia Tsioulcas share what they like and dislike about the series.January 23, 2015
  • Moveable Feast: Summer Travel
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at places to visit in the summertime.January 23, 2015
  • Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester
    The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester sing Shakespeare lyrics in old and new arrangements. Rick Kvam directs his singers in this week's Regional Spotlight.January 22, 2015
  • Top Score: Composer Ben Prunty and Faster Than Light
    For composer Ben Prunty, the glamour of scoring video games did not come without effort. While working alternately as a janitor, Google diagnostician and volunteer coordinator, he received a call from the developers of the new game, Faster Than Light (FTL). They asked for a score, and Ben's life changed forever. Ben is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.January 22, 2015
  • John Luther Adams' Ode To Sundogs
    Inspired by ice crystals in the winter air and the halo-like apparitions they create -- aka "sundogs" -- composer John Luther Adams' "Sky with Four Suns" blooms with the bright light of 45 cellos.January 22, 2015
  • How One Of Gospel's Essential Songs Gave 'Selma' Its Soul
    A hymn favored by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helps the Oscar-nominated film make a well-known historical story powerfully intimate. But the song has a tragic story of its own.January 21, 2015
  • Alison Young's music for endurance training
    Cross-country skier, runner and mountain climber Alison Young describes what she's training for right now -- and the music that moves her as she trains. See her playlist picks, and share some of your own.January 21, 2015
  • Mozart's 'Magic Flute': an animated plot summary
    Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., we'll air the Minnesota Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A new video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera.January 21, 2015
  • New Classical Tracks: The Hollywood Sound
    On his latest release, 'Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album', violinist Daniel Hope looks at the development and creation of the so-called Hollywood sound. It's the featured album on New Classical Tracks, and you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.January 21, 2015
  • Flicks in Five: Billy Wilder, 'Some Like It Hot'
    The Austrian born American director brought us many films in his trademark black and white, but it was his 1958 comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe that earned him a place in the annals of film history.January 20, 2015
  • Music with Minnesotans: Maria and Ben Hanson
    Ben and Maria Hanson share stories and a sax-centric playlist on Music with Minnesotans.January 20, 2015
  • Becoming an Arts Entrepreneur: Establishing a Firm Foundation
    Patrick Dupre Quigley, founder of the Miami-based professional vocal chamber ensemble Seraphic Fire, presents the second installment in his series on arts entrepreneurship. This week, Patrick looks at how to focus oneself on producing and publicizing the very best art.January 20, 2015