Hosts Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler come together on April 20, at 8 p.m. CDT to bring listeners an Easter special to remember - From Darkness to Light.
- Saturday Cinema: Remembering Rooney
Passover and Lent bring out the Biblical epic movies on TV, and we'll look at some of the classis: 'Ben Hur', 'The Robe', and 'The Ten Commandments' with suitable "epic" scores by Elmer Bernstein, Miklos Rozsa and Alfred Newman. Also a tribute to Mickey Rooney who passed away earlier this month.
- 'Arabella' is an operatic romantic comedy
Sisters Arabella and Zdenka are opposites, but they're loving sisters. A conflict exists between the sisters' desires and the needs of their parents. It seems an insoluble problem until an unexpected caller arrives, setting in motion a romantic comedy. Classical MPR's Rex Levang illuminates ahead of the Met Opera broadcast on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m.
- A Visitor's Guide to the St. Matthew Passion
J.S. Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose--to present the biblical passion story in music. Bach's Passion continues to move audiences more than 280 years after it was first heard in Leipzig, Germany. It airs on Friday, April 18, starting at 10 a.m., on Classical MPR.
- Moveable Feast: Easter Brunch
It's Easter weekend, and for a lot of people, that means brunch. That's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places that are good for brunch, whether Easter or any special occasion.
- Regional Spotlight: National Lutheran Choir
The Widor Toccata like you've never heard it before in a performance with the National Lutheran Choir. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight.
- Choral Countdown 2014: Vote Now
You've made your nominations and we've assembled the ballot. Now cast your votes for your choral favorites. We'll count down the top 25 on Wednesday, April 30.
- Joel Corelitz and The Unfinished Swan on Top Score
Composer Joel Corelitz just received a BAFTA nomination for his score to The Unfinished Swan. Baroque-inspired sounds accompany the artful tale. Hear our conversation on Top Score from Classical MPR.
- Gregorian chant gets a "Second Coming" with help from hip-hop
We should expect musicians to continue combining genres and styles in increasingly inventive and fascinating ways, often blurring the lines between "high" and "low" art. The best examples will be the musicians who understand the musical puzzle pieces they combine to create something clever. Take this song that mixed rap with Gregorian chant, all in the name of selling shoes during the NBA playoffs several years back.
- Cellist Tony Ross staying at Minnesota Orchestra
While the larger question of whether conductor Osmo Vanska will return as Minnesota Orchestra music director is still open, another question troubling Minnesota Orchestra fans has been resolved: Principal Cellist Tony Ross will remain with Minnesota.
Highlights from April 15 to 21 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: the Litchfield High School Dragonaires. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Janet Tollund, travel agent and consultant. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: the Litchfield High School Dragonaires. Thursday, 3...
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Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the stories we're featuring on our site. This week we featured two groups with the kind of skills you find in top choirs and orchestras, but who perform pop-friendly repertoire - and have the screaming fans that go with it.
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Come and join Craig Hella Johnson and Tesfa in Casual Conversations Vol. 2: a discussion of choral music and beyond.
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Join us on Sunday, April 27th at the Fitzgerald Theater for the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round. We'll feature the 5 perfroming artists and 2 composers will debut their work at this free concert, which will also be broadcast live on Classical MPR.
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