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Click on Classical: Weddings' greatest hits, Mohammed Fairouz, and Lorde's hocketry

Posted at 8:33 AM on August 11, 2014 by Jay Gabler
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Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories being featured on our website. Here are the stories we'll be discussing today.

What's it like to play in a string quartet that makes the regular rounds of local weddings? The Lake Minnetonka String Quartet talked with our writer Ashley Mergens and told her all about the ups and downs of making strings sing while couples tie the knot. They also told Ashley about the piece of music that's surprisingly become a popular choice for this summer's wedding processions.

With Israel-Palestine hostilities concerning people around the world, Mindy Ratner talked with Mohammed Fairouz — a composer of Palestinian descent whose music is performed on a new album called Poems and Prayers. Fairouz told Mindy about how he combined Arabic and Hebrew texts, and why that was artistically — and personally — important to him.

Fans of the young New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde recently enjoyed the discovery of music by her high school band — a band that said it was into brapping and hockets. Huh? Well, brapping is simply riding motorbikes off-road, but hockets are a musical technique, dating to medieval times, that have been enjoying a recent renaissance via some surprising sources​.