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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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Christopher Tin's 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' on Top Score
Christopher Tin just finished his second song cycle, 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'. He stopped by Top Score to discuss it.
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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

'The Third Plate' is Kerri's book pick

Dan Barber is a chef and the founder of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

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MPR News State of the Arts

The Jungle Theater’s Boehlke to retire in 2015

Bain Boehlke, founder and artistic director of The Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, announced today that he plans to retire from his post in June 2015. “I’ve been here a quarter of a century and I think that’s a good number,” Boehlke said. “I’m not by any means stopping directing, acting and designing, but I’ll do…

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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.
National Youth Orchestra

Carnegie Hall Live: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America makes its Carnegie Hall debut in an electrifying program that begins with Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a great American work that pulses with fiery rhythms but also includes some of the most tender love music ever written. Tune in July 22 at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m ET to hear this incredible live performance.

  • Domenico Scarlatti31 Days of Classical, Day 22: Drama and a feeling of grandeur
    Domenico wrote 555 keyboard sonatas. Five hundred and fifty-five. To be fair, many are quite short, but each is constructed like a master carpenter would build a house.
  • Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie HallCarnegie Hall on Learning to Listen
    Since Carnegie Hall opened in May 1891, there have been more than 46,000 performances in its three auditoriums. Learn about some of the most famous music to come from Carnegie Hall on today's Learning to Listen.
  • BeetlejuiceThe four most controversial pieces of wedding music
    Summer is the most common season for weddings. Brides and grooms are busy planning their weddings months and years in advance, making sure they have the right colors, the right venue, and the right music for the first dance.
  • Georges Bizet31 Days of Classical, Day 21: Let's get Bizet
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we stand on the precipice of some gorgeous landscape with Georges Bizet.
  • Lorin MaazelMorning Glories: Lorin Maazel's legacy
    Earlier this month, the musical world lost the remarkable conductor Lorin Maazel. This week on Morning Glories, we'll hear five of the many recordings made by this prodigiously talented musician.
  • Guillaume de Machaut31 Days of Classical, Day 20: Love at First Listen
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today it's love at first listen with Guillaume de Machaut.
  • A look at Bach's Goldberg Variations31 Days of Classical, Day 19: talk about the passion
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today's pick, more of Emily's favorite: Bach!
  • Andrew WilkowskeGuns N' Rosenkavalier: Rock meets Bach at the Mill City Museum
    What do you get when you cross a classical art song recital with a rock song? Something approaching the upcoming Guns N' Rosenkavalier, the art song/rock song mash-up coming to the Mill City Museum for an outdoor concert on July 21 and 23.
  • Julian GregoryJulian Gregory to join King's Singers, as Benedict Hymas withdraws
    In a bittersweet announcement, the King's Singers have announced that Julian Gregory will be joining their ranks as tenor; Benedict Hymas, the previously-announced replacement for departing Paul Phoenix, has withdrawn from the position for personal reasons.

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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

Click on Classical: Sopranos speak out, reports from the Range, and rock meets Bach

Jay Gabler

Posted July 21, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about a few of the stories we've been featuring on our website. Here's what we'll be discussing today.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted July 15, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from July 15 to 22 Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert, from a Chopin Society recital. Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mozart and Rachmaninoff. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From the Mailbag. Sunday, noon: From the...

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The 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale Top 5 Twitter Countdown

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Posted July 14, by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

The 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale had a great week in Winona, MN with the legendary Dale Warland. Learn about their experiences through Twitter.

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Click on Classical: Holst and hops, funny music, and an eight-year-old piano star

Minneapolis boy's handmade front-yard piano concert ad goes viral

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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 July 15 to 22


    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert, from a Chopin Society recital.
    Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mozart and Rachmaninoff.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From the Mailbag.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra plays Beethoven and Haydn.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Carnegie Hall.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter.
    Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra.

Nine Nights of Music: Explosion Big Band

July 22, 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.
Jul. 22, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Cherishing What Isn't" by Jack Gilbert, and the literary and historical notes for Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
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