On Now

Listen to the Stream
  • Symphony No. 9 "Choral": 2nd movement 3:00 Ludwig van Beethoven
    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Kurt Masur
    Buy Now
  • Violin Concerto No. 5, "Turkish" 3rd movement 12:49 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    Neville Marriner
    Rachel Barton Pine, violin
    Buy Now
Other MPR Radio Streams
Choral Stream
MPR News
Radio Heartland

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Blog Archive

July 2014
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Master Archive

Contact Us

Purchase the Music

  • Buy the music you've heard on-air! Your purchase helps support our classical service.


Classical Notes

Click on Classical: Sopranos speak out, reports from the Range, and rock meets Bach

Posted at 8:30 AM on July 21, 2014 by Jay Gabler
Filed under: Click on Classical


Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about a few of the stories we've been featuring on our website. Here's what we'll be discussing today.

Our writer Gwen Hoberg was up at the Northern Lights Music Festival on the Mesabi Iron Range last week, and she filed a series of "Reports from the Range" sharing her experiences. In the series's final post, she took her horn to the top of a ski hill and, figuring that to be about as close to a mountaintop as Minnesota offered, tried to sound some famously majestic horn calls from the classical repertoire.

Some of the most widely-read posts ever published on our site are our "section's-eye view" essays: tongue-in-cheek appraisals of the choral experience from different sections in the risers. The four-part series concluded this week with "a soprano's-eye view of choral music," written by leading lady Sonja Tengblad.

Guns N'...Rosenkavalier? In a show coming to the Mill City Museum on July 21 and 23, baritone Andrew Wilkowske performs some of the greatest hits of recent decades in his "opera voice." You have to hear — and see — this to believe it.​