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Top Score

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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Cellist Tina Guo on Top Score
Cellist Tina Guo is best known for shredding on her electric cello. But the lonely, meditative sonority of a video game soundtrack shows the depth of her playable emotion. Cellist Tina Guo discusses her intense classical upbringing and modern musical rebellion on Top Score.
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School Spotlight

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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How one poet's 'genius grant' became a gift to future generations

Amy Clampitt died not long after winning a MacArthur Foundation grant. Yet, her vision lives on through tuition-free residencies for poets.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Ananya Dance Theatre dreams of revolution in ‘Neel’

Ananya Dance Theatre has built its reputation on illuminating social and environmental injustices through dance. It’s marking its 10th season with a shift to more-positive themes. Thursday through Saturday, Ananya Dance Theatre presents “Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming”at the Cowles Center for Dance in Minneapolis. Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea says the concert is the first…

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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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New Classical Tracks: Starting with a Rice Krispie Box

Alisa Weilerstein's new CD is the culmination of a dream that began in early childhood. Her recording of Dvorak's cello concerto is featured on this week's New Classical Tracks.

  • Still of Cary Grant and Eva Marie SaintFlicks in Five: North By Northwest
    From a crop-duster attack in a midwestern cornfield to the tip of George Washington's nose, Alfred Hitchcock packed a ton of suspense into this 1959 classic caper. On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel takes a look at Hitch's "North by Northwest."
  • Dan WascoeMusic with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe
    Retired Star Tribune columnist Dan Wascoe is also a pianist and composer. He a man full of surprises. He shares his story and playlist on today's Music with Minnesotans.
  • BeethovenOPINION: Beethoven didn't write the Eroica Symphony for your yoga class
    When we engender, particularly among newcomers to the art form, the expectation that classical music be relaxing, what chance do Schulhoff, Shostakovich, and Messiaen stand? Or, for that matter, what chance do Haydn and Beethoven stand to really penetrate the listener's senses, when all she's after is some white noise while doing her taxes?
  • Austin Concert ChoirSchool Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir
    School Spotlight season starts off the academic year with Austin High School Concert Choir. Learn more about this ensemble and hear three of its music selections.
  • paris conservatory student 2012Learning to Listen: Works by students of the Paris Conservatory
    At the end of each school year, students at the Paris Conservatory are required to perform a "contest piece" for their professors. For decades, the Conservatory commissioned new music to address a lack of appropriate music for instruments including trombone, horn, trumpet and bassoon.
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    Attention high school musicians: Minnesota Varsity 2015 is now open for submissions!
  • Austrian-American composer Erich Wolfgang KorngoldMorning Glories: Teen Beat
    Even composers were kids once. This week on Morning Glories, we'll bring you five pieces whose composers, at the time they wrote them, were talented teenagers.
  • Burt HaraChecking in with Burt Hara
    Back in town to play concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with his former ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, clarinetist Burt Hara stops by Classical MPR to talk to Alison Young about life in L.A. and about his visit to the Twin Cities this weekend.
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River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

Get insider access to spectacular venues, concerts and activities, including a private tour and concert at the esteemed Estates Opera House in Prague where Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni, a concert at either the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House or Musikverein in Vienna, live classical performances and musical PT interviews aboard our vessel, and an exclusive private concert with champagne at Vienna’s Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years.

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Jennifer Allen

Posted September 16, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from September 9 to 16 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe, retired reporter and columnist for the Star Tribune. Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School...

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Iconic Choral Organization Finds a New Voice and Logo

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Posted September 16, by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Fans of VocalEssence will notice the ensemble has a new website, logo and tagline. Here's a sneak preview and the brief story behind the new designs.

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Sorry, Lucy: Beethoven IS on bubblegum cards

Alison Young

Posted September 15, by Alison Young

Cartoonist Charles Schulz's beloved 'Peanuts' characters Lucy and Schroeder have a famous exchange in which Lucy dismisses Beethoven's greatness given his absence from bubblegum cards. Turns out Lucy had it wrong.

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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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Radio Highlights

  • Friday Favorites

    Each week host Steve Staruch presents four hours of classical music based on listener requests. Do you have a favorite work you'd like to share?
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  • Programming Highlights

    Highlights from September 9 to 16

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe, retired reporter and columnist for the Star Tribune.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir.
    Wednesday, 8 pm: The Minnesota Opera: Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica play Weinberg, from a recent Schubert Club performance.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Kotzschmar Goings and Comings.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From the 2014 BBC Proms, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra plays Janacek and Dvorak.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Etudes.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature .
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Katie McCurry, Account Representative with Fireman's Fund.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature.

The Rose Ensemble present: Free Season Opening Concert

September 18, 2014
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

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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.
Sep. 17, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "We Shall Be Released" by Joseph Stroud, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
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