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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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Top Score: Composer Ben Prunty and Faster Than Light
For composer Ben Prunty, the glamour of scoring video games did not come without effort. While working alternately as a janitor, Google diagnostician and volunteer coordinator, he received a call from the developers of the new game, Faster Than Light (FTL). They asked for a score, and Ben's life changed forever. Ben is Emily Reese's guest on this week's 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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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.
The Writer’s Almanac for January 27, 2015
On the street outside the window someone is talking to someone else, a baffling song, no words, only the music of voices—low contralto of questions, laughter’s plucked strings—voices in darkness below stars where someone straddles a bike up on the balls of his feet, and someone else stands firm on a curb, her arms crossed,... Read more »
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Ben-Hur

Flicks in Five: Ben-Hur - The Epic Defined

With the best movie sequence of all time -- the chariot race -- 'Ben Hur' also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled.

  • Penelope FreehMusic with Minnesotans: Penelope Freeh
    Penelope Freeh is a dancer and choreographer, a writer and a teacher. Her playlist is both rhythmic and colorful. Penelope is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans.
  • Dr Philip Lewis SteenRemembering Dr. Philip Lewis Steen
    A humble but very influential Minnesota music icon passed away on Jan. 21, 2015, at the age of 81. In remembrance, Classical MPR's archival producer Steve Barnett has selected three choral pieces conducted by Dr. Steen and recorded at MPR in 1974.
  • Mariss Jansons, conductorMusic sweet as Bavarian Cream
    Last week, Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse heard Mariss Jansons lead the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 6. Newhouse calls the performance "breathtaking," and we've shared a link to the audio for you.
  • Cheryl HenningsgaardTeacher Feature: Cheryl Henningsgaard
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early Childhood Music Faculty Member at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
  • Marin AlsopConductors: What are they thinking?
    As a novelist, Cinda Yager tries to get inside her characters' heads. When she decided to make one character a conductor, it caused her to wonder: what, exactly, are conductors thinking as they raise their batons?
  • Rachel Barton PineLearning to Listen: Barton Pine and Mozart, Part 2
    Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to Learning to Listen to chat about (and play!) Mozart's Violin Concerti.
  • MozartMorning Glories: Big-Name Birthdays
    It's a week of big-name birthdays in the musical world. On Morning Glories, we'll have a weeklong party for some of these musical notables of past and present.
  • Leigh KammanFeeling the vibe: Leigh Kamman kept jazz alive
    Twin Cities musicians gather Sunday to celebrate the late broadcaster Leigh Kamman. They'll honor a consummate professional who interviewed jazz greats -- and inspired local artists to keep jazz alive.
  • Play it ForwardPlay it Forward: Our used instrument drive benefitting local schools
    Breathe fresh life into once-loved instruments by donating them to Play It Forward, our statewide used-instrument drive.

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Music Makes Us Whole

Music Makes Us Whole

Music learning is proven to support students. That can only happen when your school has a strong music program. Make sure every child in your community receives the boost music learning provides.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted January 27, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from January 27 to February 3 Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early Childhood Music Faculty Member, MacPhail Center for Music. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: choreographer Penelope Freeh. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early...

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Music for Remembering

Luke Taylor

Posted January 27, by Luke Taylor

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a reflection on music's power to help us learn and remember.

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Click on Classical: Piano of the future, 'Mozart in the Jungle,' the soul of 'Selma'

Jay Gabler

Posted January 26, 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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Click on Classical this weekend: exercise, sun dogs and a trivia quiz

Is this the piano of the future? It sure looks like it

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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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Classical MPR Beta site

A New ClassicalMPR.org

We're beta testing a new website for Classical MPR. Please try it out and send us your feedback!

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2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity

All Minnesota Varsity 2015 submissions are now posted online! Meet the talented musicians and peruse their submissions here.

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge

March 23, 2015
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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