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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.

Latest Episode

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

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

Photos: When crashes, mayhem and fire drew State Fair crowds to Thrill Day

The Thrill Day theme continued through much of the 1930s and 1940s with stunts like a man setting himself on fire and diving into a pool, or acrobats performing on the wings of planes.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Missouri violence leads MN poet to map ‘black rage’

Chaun Webster, co-owner of Ancestry Books in Minneapolis, has been wrestling with the shooting of Michael Brown, the ongoing upheaval in Ferguson, and the history of violence on black and brown people in the United States.

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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.
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New Classical Tracks: Homage to Guitar and Guitarists

Guitarist Milos Karadaglic has just released his fourth and what he refers to as his most ambitious recording yet. This recording is a personal homage to musicians and composers who changed the course of history for the guitar.

  • mpr choir after work rehearsalOn the Classical MPR stage: MPR Choir
    This volunteer choir made up of MPR employees is led by Classical MPR's Mindy Ratner, who will also host the group when it performs on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about the group before its State Fair debut.
  • harry potterFlicks in Five: Harry Potter
    This week's spotlight film is the first Harry Potter movie, which features a score by John Williams. As we're marking back-to-school month, what better school to imagine attending than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?
  • Teresa RootMusic with Minnesotans: Teresa Root
    Teresa Root is a naturalist and a teacher. Her playlist is inspired by the natural world. Steve Staruch welcomes Teresa Root into the studio for Music with Minnesotans.
  • Driving along Highway 169Ten times when classical music can help you relax
    You don't have to go to a resort or a spa to relax: classical music can help you take the stress out of everyday chores and routines. Here are ten times when music by your favorite composer can help you breathe a little more easily.
  • still from class notes video notes and beatsClass Notes: How Notes and Beats Go Together
    Teaching and learning about the duration of musical notes can be challenging. This new video from Classical MPR makes that process 'upbeat' and fun without oversimplifying the basic concepts behind note duration and rhythm.
  • treveldOn the Classical MPR stage: treVeld
    On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., treVeld will perform at the MPR booth; Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel hosts. Get to know this trio of musicians who blend classical and roots-music elements, and learn what State Fair food they can't resist.
  • Darren KorbTop Score fans: Enter for a chance to win a CD by Darren Korb
    Composer Darren Korb of Supergiant Games has been featured on Top Score, and now you have a chance to win one of two Korb CDs: a copy of 'Transistor' or a signed copy of 'Bastion'.
  • state fair streetcar arch gate entryLearning to Listen: Music for the State Fair
    Aside from a handful of unpreventable interruptions, like the Civil War and a polio outbreak, Minnesotans have traveled to the State Fair since 1859. On today's Learning to Listen, hear music inspired by the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
  • minnesota boychoir, state fair, stage, long shotOn the Classical MPR stage: Minnesota Boychoir
    Ahead of the performance at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Aug. 25, we asked Minnesota Boychoir Artistic Director Mark Johnson about the boys' favorite fair foods and exhibits. Johnson also shares a few of his own Fair favorites and his thoughts about performing at the Fair.

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Music Festival Finder

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

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Jennifer Allen

Posted August 26, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from August 26 to September 2 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Teresa Root. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Jasper String Quartet plays Haydn in St. Cloud. Friday, 2 pm: The Copper Street Brass Quintet, live from...

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Steve Reich soundtracks Rick Rubin's Ice Bucket Challenge

Jay Gabler

Posted August 26, by Jay Gabler

Minimalist composer Steve Reich hasn't yet taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, but in a sense he's done his part.

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Video: Is this little listener America's next great conductor?

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Posted August 25, by Jay Gabler

"Just a quick note to thank you VERY much for playing Korsakov for our little Alex on Friday," writes Classical MPR listener Susana Perez. "We thought you'd enjoy seeing the results... :-)"

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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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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 August 26 to September 2

    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Teresa Root.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Jasper String Quartet plays Haydn in St. Cloud.
    Friday, 2 pm: The Copper Street Brass Quintet, live from the State Fair.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Telling Tales.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From the 2014 BBC Proms, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform an all-Russian program.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Music for Wind Band.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

Nine Nights of Music: Ukrainian Village Band

August 26, 2014
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Classical Music Events

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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. 27, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Coming Home at Twilight in Late Summer" by Jane Kenyon, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
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