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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 Heads to PAX Prime in Seattle
This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle.
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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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Author Brad Herzog looks back at 1964 Freedom Summer

It's the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the campaign launched in June 1964 to register African-American voters in Mississippi.

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Minnesota Orchestra receives $13.2 million in gifts

Seven months after ending a contentious labor dispute and lockout of its musicians, the Minnesota Orchestra has inspired confidence in some major donors. The orchestra has received four anonymous gifts totaling $13.2 million, including one gift for $10 million. The gifts are a “tremendous shot in the arm at a very critical moment,”Interim President and…

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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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Moveable Feast: Road Trip to LeMars, Iowa

With Labor Day weekend upon us, it may be time for a road trip. How about checking out the Ice Cream Capital of the World? You'll find it in LeMars, Iowa, as John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton describe.

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    The Copper Street Brass Quintet have performed numerous times at the MPR booth during previous State Fairs. But this year, they'll perform in Carousel Park in a concert that will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. Trombonist Alex Wolff shares his thoughts ahead of the big performance.
  • jasper quartetRegional Spotlight: The Jasper Quartet
    All's right with the world when you can hear a Haydn string quartet sound like it's played just for you. The Jasper Quartet's performance of Haydn is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
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    Singers from the Minnesota Opera will perform on the stage of the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28. Here's some background on the organization and the people who will be performing.
  • English classUsing classical music to escape the "Inferno" of high school
    It's just 7:00 on a Tuesday night and I haven't done my (two hours of) homework yet. It looks like we'll be stuck in traffic for another half an hour at the very least. Not that I'm stressed or anything.
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    Hear Darren Korb (and his new son, Milo) discuss Darren's new soundtrack to the game 'Transistor' on Classical MPR's Top Score. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win one of two CDs by Darren Korb.
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    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.
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    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?

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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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Improving your life with Mozart (and rap)

Brett Baldwin

Posted August 28, by Brett Baldwin

One teacher reached out to rapper Mac Lethal for a classroom-friendly inspirational song. Mr. Lethal delivered... with Mozart.

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Watch: Maria Callas accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Posted August 27, by Jay Gabler

It's unclear who nominated legendary soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) to posthumously participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but she has now done so, courtesy of Warner Classics.

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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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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.

The Rose Ensemble present: Free Season Opening Concert

September 18, 2014
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

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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. 29, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Take Love for Granted" by Jack Ridl, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, August 29, 2014.
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