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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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Laura Intravia is living the video game music lover's dream
Laura Intravia's life is something out of a video game music lover's dream. Carving her path by transcribing scores and performing in costume, Intravia is making an indelible impression on the video game music circuit.
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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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Arts & Culture from MPR News

Sonja Parks is a one-woman community in 'Seedfolks'

In 'Seedfolks,' Sonja Parks portrays 14 different characters who live near a vacant Cleveland lot. Their stories are of loss and hardship.

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MPR News State of the Arts

St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge winners named

Winning proposals include a Latino radio show and the restoration of historic company signs on Lowertown buildings, among others.

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MPR Classical Tshirt

  • 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.
Armstrong Concert Choir

School Spotlight: Armstrong High School Concert Choir

School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's performance comes from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School Concert Choir under the baton of Stephanie Trump.

  • A Groupmuse in actionThe Airbnb of Classical Music
    A new startup called Groupmuse matches users looking to host a classical music concert with willing musicians needing a venue to perform. It could be considered as "the Airbnb of classical music."
  • Russian composer Sergei ProkofievThink you might like Prokofiev?
    Katie McCurry was last week's Music with Minnesotans guest. She received a suggestion from a listener to listen to Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 58, by Sergei Prokofiev. Here's what Katie had to say.
  • mother and children reading storiesLearning to Listen: Children's stories set to music
    On today's Learning to Listen, hear three of the most beloved children's stories from classical music.
  • Autumn leavesMorning Glories: Music for Autumn
    This week on Morning Glories, we examine what makes for good autumn listening.
  • A young Erik Thompson and his grandfatherThe music runs deep: How my grandfather showed me how to love and listen to classical music
    Digging through my grandfather's vinyl collection after he passed away and playing his beloved copies of the Goldberg Variations or the Eroica Symphony not only provides me with a tender insight into what moved and uplifted him musically, but also connects the two of us in a truly visceral way.
  • jason graves and hector berliozNext Level: Where Music Worlds Collide
    There are many commonalities between classical music and video-game music. That's why Top Score production assistant Pierce Huxtable has a video-game music suggestion for classical-music lovers and a classical suggestion for VGM lovers. Give these tracks a listen and see what you think.
  • What Music Shares with ArtClass Notes: What Music Shares with Art
    This Class Notes video is a short, vibrant tour of several of the connections between art and music.
  • anna humphrey minnesota varsity alumnaMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Anna Humphrey
    Violinist Anna Humphrey from Rogers, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Showcase Artist, performing with the Luna String Quartet. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.
  • Ishnala Supper ClubMoveable Feast: Travel by Design
    John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss the Ishnala Supper Club, in the middle of breathtaking Mirror Lake State Park, near Wisconsin Dells.

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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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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

Click on Classical: Family and the fall

Jay Gabler

Posted September 29, by Jay Gabler

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

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Minnesota Orchestra recorded a track for Prince

Jay Gabler

Posted September 29, by Jay Gabler

The Associated Press reports that Prince enlisted the Minnesota Orchestra to record an unreleased track inspired by Dionne Warwick.

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Some thoughts on a Sunday playlist

Michael Barone

Posted September 28, by Michael Barone

We have music on the stereo at home all the time, usually from CDs that I am auditioning (of which there are piles and piles). Here are my thoughts on a recent playlist from a beautiful Sunday morning.

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Click on Classical this Weekend: videos, stories and musical worlds colliding

Please turn off phones in the concert hall; here's why

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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 23 to 30

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Jonathan LaFlamme.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Katie McCurry, Account Representative with Fireman's Fund.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Jonathan LaFlamme.
    Wednesday, Noon: Musical Memories for the High Holidays with Itzhak Perlman.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Bakken Trio and clarinetist David Krakauer perform Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes, from the MacPhail Center.
    Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Barber's Cello Concerto with Alisa Weilerstein, and Mahler's 2nd Symphony.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Nordic Journey.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From the 2014 BBC Proms, the Proms debut of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra .
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Professor Nanette Goldman.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight.

2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity 2015, Classical MPR's fifth annual showcase of young musical talent across Classical MPR's broadcast region, is now open and waiting for your entry!

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The Rose Ensemble presents: 9th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour: The Roots of Bluegrass

October 2, 2014
Assumption Catholic Church, Morris, Minn.

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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. 30, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Still Morning" by W. S. Merwin, and the literary and historical notes for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
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