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Top Score

In this podcast, host Emily Reese takes an in-depth listen to video game music and talks with the people who make it.

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PAX Prime 2014 Preview on Top Score (Part One)
Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games.
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School Spotlight

Do you -- or does a teacher you know -- have a great recording of a high school ensemble or choir that would sound terrific on Classical MPR? Send us a copy and we'll consider it for broadcast.

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Arts & Culture from MPR News

State Fair 4-H kid's cow a real 'diva'

Today is the first day of the Minnesota State Fair and throughout the fair we are going to introduce you to some of the more interesting animals you might encounter. This morning, 12-year-old Liz Jabs, a 4H kid from St. Charles, Minnesota tells us about her short horn heifer that she will be showing today.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Brave New Workshop expanding in downtown Mpls

The Minneapolis comedy institution Brave New Workshop is expanding its presence downtown. The company has bought a five-story property at 727 Hennepin Avenue, located just across the street from the theater’s main stage, which it purchased in 2011. It will replace the space it leased for nearly 50 years in Uptown, also on Hennepin Avenue,…

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  • Show your support for Classical Minnesota Public Radio by wearing our new Music for Living shirt design. The T-shirt is 100% cotton and features the recently updated classical MPR logo imprinted across the front.
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On the Classical MPR Stage: The Dolce Wind Quintet

The members of the Dolce Wind Quintet have a strong relationship with MPR, having performed as Class Notes artists in schools around the state. On Thursday, Aug. 21, Dolce Wind Quintet will perform at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about this ensemble.

  • washington state convention center seattlePAX Prime 2014 Preview on Top Score (Part One)
    Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games.
  • hitp mankato - 4Harmony in the Park in pictures and video
    Here's a fun look back: Harmony in the Park delighted audiences in Minneapolis, Mankato and Duluth back in June. Each day, the weather threatened, but the air cleared just in time for each concert. Enjoy these photos by freelance photographer Bill Hickey.
  • Sunset on campusWhat does a music major listen to for relaxation?
    As a music major at the tail end of my college career, I've led a rewarding, though exhausting, last few years. The time I spend practicing piano (my main instrument), going to lessons, classes, rehearsals, and studying - not to mention working a part-time job - can add up to 16-hour days, most of it filled with music. So it amazes me that after all that activity, listening to music is still the way that I choose to relax.
  • ljova melting riverNew Classical Tracks: Ljova, 'Melting River'
    Violist and composer Lev Zhurbin, aka Ljova, has released a new album -- and it's only available on vinyl or via digital download. Why not on CD? Ljova explains as he shares the story of his new album.
  • Still from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New HopeFlicks in Five: Star Wars
    John Williams provided the music for sci-fi's equivalent of The Ring Cycle, "Star Wars." Six films and billions of dollars later, Williams' music stands as some of the best movie music of all time.
  • Joe and Mary KeyesMusic with Minnesotans: Joe and Mary Keyes
    Joe and Mary Keyes are owners of the Howard Street Booksellers in Hibbing, Minn. They love books, theater and Hibbing history.
  • YogaWhat do classical musicians do to relax?
    Many people turn to classical music for relaxation, but actually playing the music takes a lot of effort and concentration. What do classical musicians do to unwind after snapping their instrument cases closed?
  • zoltan kodalyClass Notes: How History Influences Music
    Did you know music often reflects the time and place in which it was written? For example, Zoltan Kodaly's 'Dances of Galanta' gives us a look at a society and culture that was forever altered by the march of history. A new Class Notes video from Classical MPR shares the history behind the music.
  • metropolitan operaMet Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions
    A labor crisis threatening to shut down New York's Metropolitan Opera -- the largest opera house in the world-- appears to have been averted. Two of the major unions announced a tentative settlement this morning. While agreements with 10 additional unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, this represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.

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Summer Music Festivals

Summertime is a special time when classical music festivals and seasonal music offerings can be found throughout Classical MPR's listening area. To help you enjoy these festivals, we at Classical MPR have assembled a list and maps to help you find classical music celebrations.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted August 20, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from August 19 to 26 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Bookstore owners Joe and Mary Keyes. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Discovering Dieterich Buxtehude. Sunday, noon: From the Top. Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast:...

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Click on Classical: Musical brain surgery, a horn story, and a conductor swimsuit competition

Jay Gabler

Posted August 18, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories we'll be discussing today.

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Watch Maestro Bill Eddins's swimsuit competition video

Jay Gabler

Posted August 15, by Jay Gabler

Yesterday I posted news of an opera conductor swimsuit competition being held by the blog Opera Candy. It seemed unlikely that any serious conductor would accept the blog's invitation to submit a swimsuit video, but the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Bill Eddins has in fact tendered a submission.

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2014 Minnesota Varsity

Music for Learning: Classical MPR's education initiatives

As a leading non-profit supporter of the arts, we at Classical MPR want to help educators in Minnesota (and beyond) to enrich the minds and nourish the spirits of their students with tools, resources and programs that have been created collaboratively by Classical MPR staff.

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Nine Nights of Music: Ukrainian Village Band

August 26, 2014
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Music for Living

  • You may have heard us exploring our new tagline "Music for Living" on air. The playful vignettes, produced by our own John Birge, feature everyday tasks and events… and how Classical MPR can connect with you during those times.

Music and Movies

  • Many 21st-century listeners' first — and sometimes — main exposure to classical composition is through movie scores. With this in mind, Classical MPR has developed programming that celebrates and explores the relationship between music and movies today and throughout the history of film.

Writers Almanac

  • Each day, The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and reading a short poem or two. The Writer's Almanac is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media.
Aug. 21, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "The Lower Chesapeake Bay" by Maxine Kumin, and the literary and historical notes for Thursday, August 21, 2014.
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