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From Brooklyn to Stillwater

Posted at 12:00 PM on August 13, 2012 by Daniel Gilliam (0 Comments)

The string quartet Brooklyn Rider makes it back to Stillwater once a year for their Stillwater Music Festival (of which they are Artistic Directors) to present several concerts at The Washington County Historic Courthouse, the Stillwater Public Library and one show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. The complete schedule is available here. Of note are the concerts with kemancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, Bela Fleck and the free family concert. World premieres abound during the festival.

Brooklyn Rider from Musical Instrument Museum on Vimeo.

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How to add the Classical MPR Streams to iTunes

Posted at 12:29 PM on August 13, 2012 by William Johnston (1 Comments)

There are many great ways to listen to Classical MPR, and one of them is to stream it in iTunes. Our listing has temporarily dropped out of the "Radio" listings, so here's a tutorial to add it — and our choral stream — manually.

Starting assumptions:

  • You have iTunes installed and open
  • You have a browser open to this blog post. (if you don't how are you reading this?)
  • You know how to copy and paste by right clicking and/or using keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl-C for copy and Ctrl-V for paste, in case you were unsure — replace Ctrl with Cmd if on a mac).
  • You love and want to listen to classical music!

Start by copying one of the links listed below.

Open iTunes, and click on the Advanced menu and then the Open Stream menu item. You can also hit Ctrl-U, or Cmd-U on a mac, to do the same thing.

You should get a box which is asking for a URL. Paste into it the link which you copied earlier.

Click OK. The stream should show up in a new playlist called Internet Songs (lousy name, more on that later), and start playing.

If you want to listen to both of the classical streams, just repeat the process to add the second stream to iTunes. If you want to listen to both streams at the same time, listen to John Cage's Imaginary Landscape No. 4, take two aspirin, and lay down for half an hour.

Now whenever you want to listen to Classical MPR, just go to the Internet Songs playlist and double click on the stream. Voilà, you have music.

Given that the majority of what you listen to on Classical MPR and the choral stream aren't songs (a single sung melody with accompaniment), but rather symphonies, choral works, concerti, solo piano works, et cetera; you may want to change the name of the playlist. To do this, just click on the playlist entry to select it, then click it again and wait a moment. The title will become editable, and you can type in a different name. In case you aren't sure what to call it, here are some suggestions:

  • Classical MPR
  • Minnesota Public Radio
  • Awesome Radio which I should Totally Support by becoming a Member today, if not sooner

Hope this helps!

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